In her first memoir, the Academy Award-winning actress Sophia Loren tells her incredible life story from the struggles of her childhood in war-torn Naples to her life as a screen legend, icon of elegance, and devoted mother.
In her acting career spanning more than six decades, Sophia Loren became known for her striking beauty and dramatic roles with famed costars Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, and Paul Newman. The luminous Italian movie star was the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign language performance, after which she continued a vibrant and varied career that took her from Hollywood to Paris to Italy - and back to Hollywood. In Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Loren shares vivid memories of work, love, and family with winning candor.
Born in 1934 and growing up in World War II Italy, Loren's life of glamour and success was preceded by years of poverty and hardship, when she lived in her grandparents' house with her single mother and sister, and endured near starvation. She shares how she blossomed from a toothpick-thin girl into a beautiful woman seemingly overnight, getting her start by winning a beauty pageant; and how her first Hollywood film, The Pride and the Passion, ignited a high-profile romance with Cary Grant, who would vie with her mentor, friend, frequent producer, and lover Carlo Ponti to become her husband. Loren also reveals her long-held desire to become a mother, the disappointments she suffered, the ultimate joy of having two sons, and her happiness as a mother and grandmother.
From trying times to triumphant ones, this scintillating autobiography paints a multi-dimensional portrait of the woman behind the celebrity, beginning each chapter with a letter, photograph, or object that prompts her memories. Her wise and candid voice speaks from the pages with riveting detail and sharp humor.
©2014 Sophia Loren (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
I really enjoyed the stories of working on films, the process on set, the development of her own talent as an actor, and the memories of all the actors she worked with. The downside is there is a sense of her not wanting to be rude or gossipy and she stays on the surface of most of her relationships personal or professional: in life this is one of her great qualities, but it doesn't make for compelling reading (or listening in this case).
A sweet feeling of satisfaction.
Campbell made me wish I had read the book instead. She's good at her job, but her wispy voice and slightly pretentious manner of pronouncing Italian words is at odds with the fiery and bold voice that Loren always spoke with (and writes with here). It's a shame to not have the book read by the author and I recommend people enjoy this one on the page.
some might really appreciate the focus on Italian stars and cinema, I found all of the Italian quotes and subsequent translation a bit monotonous. I really wanted to enjoy it more than I did I'm afraid.
My motto: Strive , Thrive, Survive Love the audio books, great for listening while driving or when getting ready to go to sleep.
I love listening to books as opposed to reading them. Audio books allows you to listen while you are getting ready to go to sleep. There is sleep timer function on the Kindle Fire. I find myself listening to the books when driving, or on a train, or plane, when cooking. It is really relaxing to be able to hear the book as opposed to sitting there reading and turning every page.
This is book about Sophia Loren, clearly Sophia Loren is my favorite character. When I was 19 years old, I looked up to Sophia Loren. She was an older women who had class, and beauty. I wanted to grow up to be like her, and I kind of did!
I have not, however Cassandra Campbell did an excellent job. I would listen to her again.
Sophia Loren: Beauty inside and outside for life!
I loved the fact that Sophia was open about her feelings, and her experiences. I loved the fact that she is enjoying her children and grandchildren. Sophia worked hard to get the success that she earned. I really liked the entire book.
For Sophia fans it's a must!! A real glimpse into a great career with lovely references and memories of muched loved family and friends.
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