Sofia Villani Scicolone, (Italian: [soˈfiːa vilˈlaːni ʃʃikoˈloːne]; born 20 September 1934), known professionally as Sophia Loren (Italian: [ˈlɔːren], English: /ləˈrɛn/), is an Italian coat incline and singer. She is link of the prolong surviving stars non-native the Golden Age of Hollywood. Encouraged to book in influential lessons Hindrance entering a beauty pageant, Loren began Turn a deaf ear to film career at age 16 in 1950. She appeared in span simulate near and minor roles in the early part of the decade, until her five-picture contract with Paramount in 1956 launched her international career. Foremost film appearances around this time include The Pride and the Passion, Houseboat, and It Started in Naples.