Gina Lollobrigida, the celebrated Italian film star who rose to global fame in the 1950s and was referred to as “the most beautiful woman in the world” following the release of one of her films, passed away in Rome on Monday, according to her representative.
Despite her humble beginnings, Lollobrigida went on to act alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Humphrey Bogart, Rock Hudson, Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, and Frank Sinatra. She became one of the most recognizable figures in cinema during the 1950s and 1960s.
One of her final performances was a brief role in an Italian film in 2011. During her later years, she divided her time between a secluded villa in Rome’s Appian Way, and a sculptor’s studio in the Tuscan artists’ colony of Pietrasanta.