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.
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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.
- Bil Antoniou "Movie madness!"
Waste of time
- Carla C. Bartlett