Iconic actress Sophia Loren suffered a fall at her Geneva home, leading to her hospitalization on Sunday. Reports indicate that the Italian star endured fractures to her hip and femur, necessitating surgery, which had a positive outcome.
Quick Read Highlights:
- Iconic actress Sophia Loren hospitalized following a fall at her Geneva home.
- Loren sustained fractures to her hip and femur, requiring successful surgery.
- The Italian star, aged 89, was due to receive honorary citizenship in Bari, Italy.
- Sophia Loren Restaurant chain will undergo a brief pause due to her convalescence.
- Loren made a remarkable return to acting in the 2020 Netflix movie “The Life Ahead.”
- She portrayed Madame Rosa, earning critical acclaim and awards for her performance.
- The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
- Loren’s comeback decision was influenced by her son, Edoardo Ponti, who directed the film.
Surgery for Sophia Loren
On September 20, Loren, who turned 89, was set to receive honorary citizenship in Bari, Italy, and inaugurate the fourth location of her Sophia Loren Restaurant chain. The restaurant’s Instagram account shared that Loren will need a brief period of convalescence, followed by rehabilitation.
Loren, an Oscar winner for her role in 1960’s “Two Women,” made a remarkable return to the screen in 2020 with the Netflix movie “The Life Ahead,” directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti. The film was an adaptation of Romain Gary’s “The Life Before Us,” with the story relocated to Bari, near her hometown in Southern Italy. In the film, Loren portrayed Madame Rosa, a Neapolitan woman who forms a life-changing bond with a Senegalese orphan named Momo. Despite their initial differences, their relationship becomes profoundly transformative.
The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, and Loren earned the David di Donatello Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Madame Rosa. Reflecting on her decision to return to acting, Loren told Deadline in 2021, “It had been a while where I had not worked on films. And when Edoardo gave me the book to read, right away I realized I was already filming it without filming it. It wasn’t as simple as reading the book. I was imagining what could be done through me as Madame Rosa, and with Edoardo directing. It was a wonderful feeling.”