Goodbye to Gina Lollobrigida, the great diva of Italian cinema

Goodbye to Gina Lollobrigida, the great diva of Italian cinema

Many will remember her as 'la Bersagliera' from Bread, Love and Fantasy, Luigi Comencini's masterpiece released in 1953, others as the Blue Fairy in the historic miniseries The Adventures of Pinocchio, on RAI, but for all of us, Gina Lollobrigida She has undoubtedly been the great icon and essence of Italian cinema, the reassuring face and fierce temperament of an unquestionable diva, of a woman who dedicated her entire life to art and who today, January 16, 2023, has passed away at 95 years after the scandals and troubles that have marred his last years of life. Born in Subiaco, in the Lazio region, on July 4, 1927, Gina Lollobrigida wrote the history of cinema thanks to a career that allowed her to give life to such well-known and envied characters as the quintessential Roman woman according to filmmaker Luigi Zampa. , the Esmeralda of the hunchback played by Anthony Quinn, or even the queen of Sheba along with Yulr Brinner's Solomon, becoming the idol of an entire generation along with Sophia Loren, whom they have often considered their greatest rival.

Hers has been a very long career that began in photo novels when she was still little more than a teenager and that took off thanks to the cinema and, later, to television, hand in hand with several telefilms and miniseries shot in the eighties and nineties. among them the miniseries La romana, by Patroni Griffi. He has won numerous awards throughout his life, including a Golden Globe for the romantic comedy When September Comes (1962), co-starring with Rock Hudson, seven David de Donatello Awards (including the first in the history of awards) and two Nastri d'argento (or “Silver Ribbon”). She was also made a Dame of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and, in 1999, a Goodwill Ambassador for the FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). In 2016, she received a David de Donatello from President Mattarella in honor of her entire career.