The Suitcase Lady


September 21, 2010, 9:34 pm

My husband adores another woman. Since the lady is 75 years old and lives in Italy, I do not feel threatened. In fact, I understand his infatuation. Being a lover of beauty myself, I must agree with my spouse… Sophia Loren is one of the world’s most beautiful women. How could I not love a woman who said, “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.”

Sophia and my husband go back a long way. In our 46 years of happily wedded life, he’s made no attempt to conceal his awe of her perfection.

We do differ, however, on Sophia’s presence in our lives. A number of years ago I was out of town and came home to find  every movie that Ms. Loren had ever graced on our Netflicks movie queue. “Are you sure you want to do this?” I inquired. The answer was obviously “yes” as we waded through months of films.

Sophia’s parts in the earliest movies were, to put it generously, minimal. The quality of these films can be gleaned from the titles: Quo Vadis?, 1950, Woman of the Red Sea, 1952, Two Nights With Cleopatra, 1953, Attila, Scourge of God, 1953, Too Bad She’s Bad, 1954. When an Italian movie is bad, it is egregiously so. At least I could laugh while my spouse was being transfixed by this woman’s feminine charms.

As the years progressed, her films grew in quality. Who would have guessed that the twelve year old who had the nickname Stuzzicadenti,”toothpick”, would become a first rate actress and unrivaled diva?

Click here for a comprehensive view of this amazing woman.

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