She might well have been the most curvaceous actress of late classic Hollywood.
She entranced a host of famous men back then, and at the age of 87, still does (after all, her net worth is put at $50 million).
Gina Lollobrigida, one of the few Italian actresses to make a splash in mainstream studio movies, had a surprisingly varied career stretching over some 60 movies and tv credits across a half century.
She was a huge star in Italy, and successfully transformed herself as a likable sexpot/diva in the States. She even turned up, perhaps inevitably, in episodes of TV’s Love Boat and Falcon Crest.
How much do you know about this often underrated actress? Well, take our Monday Quiz and find out. Questions today and, as usual, answers tomorrow. (We are inspired here by James Reginato’s profile of Lollobrigida in the February issue of Vanity Fair.)
1) Question: Which one of the following said that Gina made Marilyn Monroe look like Shirley Temple? a) Yul Brynner; b) Anthony Quinn; c) Humphrey Bogart; or d) Frank Sinatra.
2) Question: Which one of these powerful figures claimed responsibility for importing Lollobrigida to Hollywood in 1950? a) Mike Todd; b) Jack Warner; c) Howard Hughes; or d) Harry Cohn.
3) Question: Which one of the following actors did NOT appear with Lollobrigida onscreen? a) Gig Young; b) Peter Lawford; c) Robert Morley; or d) Sydney Greenstreet.
4) Question: Which one of the following Italian actresses cast herself as Lollobrigida’s Hollywood rival? a) Sylvana Mangano; b) Anna Magnani; c) Eleonora Rossi Drago; or d) Sophia Loren.
5) Question: Gina claims that, based on her love scenes with Rock Hudson (her costar in 1961’s Come September and 1965’s Strange Bedfellows), she believes the actor was NOT gay. a) True; or b) False?
6) Question: Gina had several nicknames and/or references during her stay in Hollywood. Which one stuck? a) The Italian Bombshell; b) The Most Beautiful Woman in the World; c) La Lollo; or d) The Mona Lisa of the Twentieth Century.
7) Question: Which one of the following movies marked Gina’s professional breakthrough in Hollywood? a) Carol Reed’s Trapeze; b) King Vidor’s Solomon and Sheba; c) John Huston’s Beat The Devil; or d) John Sturges’ Never So Few.
8) Question: Offscreen, Lollobrigida was pursued by powerful men. Which of the following were her most ardent wooers? a) Howard Hughes; b) Prince Rainier of Monaco; c) Cary Grant; or d) John F. Kennedy.
9) Question: Although an agreeable sexpot onscreen, Lollobrigida was actually an aloof loner offscreen who never married. a) True; or b) False.
10) Question: Lollobrigida began her career was a nude model under which one of the following assumed names? a) Diana Loris; b) Anna Deloris; c) Diana Dors; or d) Diana Rigg.