The legendary actress underwent emergency surgery on Sunday
Sophia Loren, the iconic Italian actress and Oscar winner, is recovering from hip surgery after falling at her home in Geneva, Switzerland. The 89-year-old star suffered multiple fractures on Sunday morning and was operated on the same day with a positive outcome, according to Italian press reports.
Loren, who celebrated her birthday on September 20, was scheduled to inaugurate a restaurant bearing her name in Bari, Italy, on Tuesday and receive an honorary citizenship from the city. However, the event was postponed due to her hospitalization.
Loren is one of the most celebrated stars in cinema history
Loren, who was born in Naples in 1934, rose to fame in the 1950s and 1960s as one of the most glamorous and talented actresses in Hollywood and Italy. She won an Oscar for her performance in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women (1960), in which she played a mother who is raped during World War II. She also received an honorary Oscar in 1991 for her lifetime achievements in cinema.
Loren starred in many memorable films, such as The Pride and the Passion (1957) with Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra, Houseboat (1958) with Grant, El Cid (1961) with Charlton Heston, Marriage Italian Style (1964) with Marcello Mastroianni, and A Special Day (1977) with Mastroianni. She also worked with directors such as Federico Fellini, Ettore Scola, Robert Altman, and Rob Marshall.
Loren returned to the screen in 2020 after a decade-long hiatus
Loren made a comeback in 2020 with The Life Ahead, a Netflix film directed by her son Edoardo Ponti. She played a former prostitute and Holocaust survivor who forms a bond with a Senegalese orphan boy. The film was well-received by critics and audiences, and Loren won the David di Donatello Award for best actress, Italy’s equivalent of the Oscars.
Loren’s last public appearance was on September 2, 2021, at the Armani “One Night Only” fashion show held during the Venice Film Festival, where she was the guest of honor. She was accompanied by Ponti and his wife, actress Sasha Alexander.
Loren’s fans and admirers have expressed their wishes for her speedy recovery on social media and praised her for her beauty, grace, and talent.