1962 and made her the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance.
Sophia Loren (Italian pronunciation: [soËˆfiËa ËˆlÉ"Ëren]; born Sofia Villani Scicolone [soËˆfiËa vilËˆlaËni ÊƒikoËˆloËne]; 20 September 1934) is an international film star and Italy's most renowned and honored actress. She began her career at age 14 after entering a beauty pageant in 1949. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons, Loren appeared in several bit parts and minor roles until the late 1950s when Loren's five-picture contract with Paramount launched her international career. Notable film appearances around this time including; Houseboat, That Kind of Woman and It Started in Naples. It was not until her deglamorized performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica's Two Women that her talents as an actress were recognised. Loren's performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962 and made .
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