Gina Lollobrigida: The Classic Italian Screen Siren, Then And Now

By | August 9, 2019

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Left: Gina Lollobrigida in 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame,' 1956. Right: In 'Trapeze,' 1956. Sources: IMDB; Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Gina Lollobrigida, with performances as Esmeralda in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1956) and Sheba in Solomon And Sheba (1959), was hailed as one of the great European screen beauties of the '50s and '60s. She starred with some of Hollywood's elite leading men, including Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra, Rock Hudson and Sean Connery. With fellow Italian Sophia Loren, as well as Anita Ekberg and Brigitte Bardot, Lollobrigida represented an exotic European glamour that fascinated American moviegoers.

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Left: Gina Lollobrigida in 'Beautiful But Dangerous,' 1955. Right: In 'Strange Bedfellows,' 1965. Source: IMDB

Born Luigina Lollobrigida in Subiaco, Italy, Gina Lollobrigida has long been considered to be one of the most beautiful women on the planet. She first started turning heads as a model before appearing in small roles in Italian cinema when she was still a teenager. But it wasn’t until she started appearing in joint productions by America and Europe that her career truly took off.