Movie’s Gina Lollobrigida, World’s ‘Most Beautiful Woman,’ Dies At 95

Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida on the set of Solomon and Sheba (Salomon et la Reine de Saba), directed by King Vidor. (Photo by Edward Small Productions/United Artists/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Gina Lollobrigida, the Italian film sensation whose exotic charms and voluptuous curves made her an international sex symbol of postwar cinema, has died, Italian news agency ANSA reported on Monday. She was 95.
  • The dark-haired, independent beauty, of whom Humphrey Bogart once quipped, “She makes Marilyn Monroe look like Shirley Temple,” died in a clinic in Rome.
  • For her first well-known English-speaking role, Lollobrigida appeared as Bogart’s wife in John Huston’s Beat the Devil (1953), shot on location in Italy. She starred as the glamourous queen in Solomon and Sheba (1959)and was there when Tyrone Power collapsed and died during production (Power was replaced by Yul Brynner).

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