In her new tell-all memoir, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: My Life, Loren discusses being a sex symbol, her 41-year marriage to the late director Carlo Ponti, and her happiness and success secrets.
Sophia, who came from humble beginnings in her native Naples, Italy, said her dream as a child was to be a Hollywood star.
“That was my dream,” Loren told the Hollywood Reporter. “Can you imagine me, from Pozzuoli, Naples, and hunger, the war and everything? I go to Hollywood and I see Rita Hayworth and Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis? I mean, what is this, a dream?
“I’m always afraid to wake up. I had a wonderful time learning a lot about the business, but of course, when you go back to where you were born, you always give the best. That’s where I was really the best.”
When asked about her infamous side-eye photo with sex symbol Jayne Mansfield, Sophia said her horrified expression was because she was worried Mansfield would pop out of her dress.
“She was very beautiful, my god,” said Sophia. “But in these pictures, I was worried that everything was going to come out!”
“I always tried not to listen to these people,” said Loren, 80. “They were saying that my nose was too long and my mouth was too big.”
Sophia said even her late husband suggested she get plastic surgery.
“Carlo said, ‘The cameramen, they say that your nose is too long. Maybe you have to touch it a little bit,'” she recalled. “And I said, ‘I don’t want to touch nothing on my face because I like my face. If I have to change my nose, I am going back to Pozzuoli.'”
Loren, who won an Oscar for Two Women, is glad she never caved in to the pressure to change her face. Sophia has aged very gracefully through the decades, thanks to a healthy diet and daily exercise.
Loren said her fitness and beauty secrets include a low carb diet and an hour of walking every day, Examiner reported.
As she takes stock of her life, the mother of two sons is satisfied with her achievements and her life. “When you are 20, you don’t think that one day you’ll be 80,” she said. “When you are, you still can’t believe it.
“I don’t consider my career closed. If I have a good opportunity for a good role, I’m really ready to do it and to put all my vitality — whatever’s left — in the story that I have to do.”
Sophia reveals her secrets for health, happiness, success and inner peace in Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: My Life.