Sofia Loren, 76, beautiful and radiant as ever, epitome of glamour and graciousness, came into town from Switzerland just for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tribute.

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“I didn’t expect it, really, it’s wonderful, because I belong to Italian movies and, generally, we Italians, we don’t get these wonderful, great, great honors, even though we deserve it sometimes! I remember when I came here for the very first time, I was very young and they gave me a wonderful cocktail party. I will never forget those days. For me, Hollywood was a fairy tale, coming from where I came from, a little town. It was something that I never expected.”

Sofia won the Academy Award for Best actress in 1962  for the movie “Two Women”

Billy Cristal hosted the event, with other guests including: Jo Champa, John Travolta, director Rob Marshall, Cristiano de Sica (Son of Sophia’s favorite director Vittorio De Sica) and Sofia sons Carlo and Edoardo Ponti.

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Photography by Gianfilippo De Rossi