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In Greek, ‘Sophia’ means wisdom — in movies, it means glamour


“What a partner. I’ve been very lucky,” Loren says in lilting accented English over the telephone from her home in Geneva. She and Mastroianni worked on a dozen films together “and had a wonderful relationship on the set. No love story; no, no, no. Otherwise, you don’t work well — one important thing at a time.”

Loren earned her cinematic bona fides in director Vittorio De Sica’s 1960 neorealist classic “Two Women,” drawing on her own experiences growing up in war-torn Naples for her wrenching portrait of a young mother in rural Italy trying to shield her daughter from the horrors of war. Loren won the best actress Oscar, the first performer to win for a non-English-speaking role.

“I won two Oscars, not one,” Loren quickly corrects, referring to her 1991 honorary Oscar. “That’s important to me.”

Area audiences will have the opportunity to see the actress live. An Evening With Sophia Loren takes place on Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the Rhode Island Convention Center, in Providence. Loren will engage in an onstage conversation with former “Entertainment Tonight” host Bill Harris and answer audience questions.

Cary Grant and Sophia Loren, in Houseboat, 1958.

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