Not only was he 45 to her 23, but he had been married previously, and neither the Catholic Church nor Italian government recognized his Mexican divorce.

Still beautiful at 72, she posed for the 2007 Pirelli calendar -- not as a stunt or as part of a senior citizens collection, but alongside models and movie stars half her age, including Penelope Cruz, Hilary Swank, and Naomi Watts.

Loren's sister, Anna Maria Scicolone, was married to Romano Mussolini, whose father was Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

The next year she played the lead in a film of Aida, but in both opera films her songs were dubbed by better singers.

Loren quickly became a major star and pin-up girl in Italy, and her first film to find success beyond her native land was La Donna del Fiume, released in America as The River Girl.

Who is Sophia Loren is one of Hollywood’s most famous actress.

Sophia Loren, September 20, 1934 Italy’s capital Rome piano teacher with her mother Romilda Villani and engineer Riccardo Scicolone’s father was born as a child out of wedlock.

By 14, though, she won "Princess of the Sea" honors in a beauty pageant.

By 15 she was working as a model, and met producer Carlo Ponti, who was one of the judges in a pageant she won.

1957 - January 2007Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti first met in 1951.

In 1957 Carlo divorced his wife in Mexico (divorce was still illegal in Italy) to be with Sophia.

The two were together until his death and Sophia has said she doesn't see herself becoming romantically involved with anyone ever again.