Updated biography of Gina Lollobrigida by Luiz Canales
New release in 2016 of Luiz Canaless, Imperial Gina - the unauthorized biography and updated of Gina Lollobrigida which includes much of Ginas career since his 1990 publication.
With more than 60 films, several awards, the actress, photographer and photojournalist, and artist is considered the most beautiful woman in the world and been called the Mona Lisa of the 20th century.
Luiz Canales is professor, lecturer, master in Anglo-American literature and Spanish-American by Brigham Young University (USA). Resided in Japan where lectured at Kyoto University of foreign studies, is the author of eight books. Luiz also referenced this website in his 2016 book.
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Gina Lollobrigida is an actress mostly known for her films of the 1950s and 1960s. She is also a highly accomplished photographer, artist, and she has created many fine sculptures. The film industry has many actresses but none of them have ever matched the beauty and glamour as Gina. She is unmatched in the visuals arts with only one other, Connie Francis, a singer who is just as beautiful, classy, and Italian. Gina continues her glamorous style and always wears very elegant gowns at events such as Cannes Film Festival as can always be seen in todays news photographs.
Gina earned the recognition as The Most Beautiful Woman in the World from the 1950s movie of the same name that was also released as Beautiful But Dangerous. She was fashioned in beautiful dresses with long gloves and garters.
Gina was born in Subiaco, Italy on July 4th and she began her career after winning a beauty contest in her country Italy. She then became very popular worldwide and starred in films produced worldwide. Here is an early picture of Gina, number 27, at the Miss Rome contest. Silvana Mangano, another Italian babe, is on the far right (#104). [photo credit 1]
Although highly photographed herself, Gina also pursued a career as a photographer.
In 1973, Gina published a book of her collection of photographs across Italy, Italia Mia.
To avoid being recognized as she traveled through Italy taking photographs for the book, Gina disguised herself by wearing the grudge look (or teenage fashions of the 1990s). However, the workers in Fiat plant in Turin and also those at the Monafalcone shipyards immediately recognized her, which also brought the entire production line to a halt. Gina is also an accomplished sculptress whose works have been shown at several prestigious public exhibitions, including Expo in Seville, Spain.
During the years she would occasionally return to the screen, for example, starring in two episodes of the 1980s television series Falcon Crest.
In 1994, she released another book of photographs called Wonder of Innocence.
Some of the movies Gina have starred in include Trapeze, Strange Bedfellows, Where The Hot Wind Blows, Come September, Soloman and Sheba, Beautiful But Dangerous, and Fast and Sexy. Although the titles sound racy, none of her films are x or r rated, and none have all the gore and violence like many movies nowadays. Her movies are rarely shown on TV but there are some videotapes available at video stores.
In the late fifties, Gina devoted more time as a professional photographer which was her original career interest. At the same time, Sophia Loren was seriously pursuing her movie career in terms of becoming a critically acclaimed actress instead of just a sex symbol. Since both women are from Italy and the fashion tastes of the fifties, the press mistakenly interpreted there was a battle of the bosoms" between the two actresses. Even though there was never a rogue between the two ladies, but fans still carry on this argument! Who is the most beautiful and the most talented actress from Italy will always be an on-going debate.
However, no one can dispute that Italy was the first to put beautiful women on film any more than to dispute the United States was the first to put men on the Moon. During the 1950s Italian actresses were very frequent on magazine covers with enticing titles such as How Italian Movies Began the Big Bosom Boom and The Truth About Italys Movie Queens. This was a cause of concern of film producers of the United States as Italian ladies reigned top of the most desirable women. The September 1956 issue of Redbook featured an article, Are Foreign Stars More Alluring? The article said, ...their hearts go now to the lovely ladies from overseas [mainly girls from Italy]. Also, the May 1952 issue of People Today magazine had a cover story, Sex from Italy Invades USA which featured Gina on the cover.
Besides getting on the cover of celebrity magazines, Gina was also featured in Time magazine as shown on this cover (scan courtesy of Guido Grande).
|Gina with Yuri Gagarin, first man in space||Gina with Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon|
Here is Buzz Aldrin dancing with Gina. I posted to Ginas Facebook page, few years will be 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, she should get cameras ready for photoshoots of this occasion. Im sure they will give Gina front row access.
Click image for larger view.
Gina has kept herself in great shape through the years and styles herself in pretty dresses, beautiful hair, and stylish makeup. She has also let her hair grow longer as compared to many other women that have their hair shorter and shorter as they get older. Even nowadays, Gina is definitely a visual treat.
Gina Lollobrigida continues to be quite active besides photography but also in appearances at the Cannes Film Festival (as seen in photo of 1998 at Cannes) and becoming involved in politics, such as the (see European Parliament elections in 1999 for a look at her brocheres). Gina pursued this position to continue her humanitarian interests that have taken up much of her time in later life, involving her in work for Unicef, Unesco and the charity Médecins Sans Frontières. In April 2000, Gina received an Humanitarian Award from the Boys Towns of Italy.
Kosovo is at the top of the list of La Lollos concerns. In 1999, she said, Its a terrible and frightening situation there. Wars and their consequences have changed so much. It was better in the old days when leaders used to have it out in a duel. (1999, The Telegraph, London).
She has been awarded the Légion dHonneur by late President of France François Mitterrand and the title of Cavaliere della Repubblica by the President of Italy. In 1996, she received the Accademica Onoraria dellAccademia delle Arti del Disegno di Firenze.
In 2003, Gina produced a book, Sculptures, which presented her works on display in Moscow, Venice, and Paris. Inside there are several photos of Ginas bronze and marble sculptures along with many of her drawings plus various photos. This book also has biography of her career written by several notable people.
Gina in her shop working on The World Of Children
To those who doubt her staying power, she hands out a reminder that Italians have taken to nicknaming her the Colosseum, because Ill never ever collapse. As Gina poses for this recent photo, she is as glamorous and beautiful as ever.
Cuban artist painting of Gina:
Some of the text of that ebay listing, This original oil on canvas. The details of the Spanish dress and braids completes the Latin picture, and show the skills of the artist. The artist Otmaro Tamayo was born in Holguin Cuba in 1944, and graduated with a masters degree from Havana University, the Castro regime commissioned him to teach art in his home town, but very little of the art that he himself painted, or his students painted was seen by anyone but the officers of Castros army. Painted in 2-94 and has just found its way out of Cuba. Otmaro used crude paint, slyly, late at night, by candle light, often one painting on top of another owing to a shortage of available canvas.
I have the painting stored, will need to find it (been in storage for 10 years), and will take a picture and post it here.
Imperial Gina: The Very Unauthorized Biography of Gina Lollobrigida
by Luis Canales, Branden Books, 1990
(Brazil edition below)
Readers reviews from other websites:
Pretty good biography of La Lollo. I believe this is the only biography so far that has been written about her and the author, a Brazilian national of multi-European heritage and lives and works in Japan, has done a nice job. He points out early on that this is not going to be a hatchet job because of his affection for his subject. A recommended read.
The Films of Gina Lollobrigida
by Maurizio Ponzi, Citadel Press, 1982
Ginas Personal Wardrobe
Life magazine, November 15, 1954
Locating copies of Ginas books
Advanced Book Exchange of Victoria, British Columbia at http://www.abebooks.com, is a website linking various bookstores (with links) and is a convenient way to locate the books by Gina but that are out-of-print: Italia Mia and Wonder of Innocence. Do a search at this link, ABE Book Search, for the author Gina Lollobrigida. The ABE search should return those dealers who are selling the books by Gina. You may also get responses on videos for sale.
Movies Unlimited (http://www.moviesunlimited.com)
Year Title (alternate title)
1995 Les Cent Et Une Nuits (A Hundred and One Nights)
1985 Deceptions (TV Movie)
1984 Falcon Crest TV Series
1972 Bad Mans River
1972 Le Avventure Di Pinocchio
1972 King, Queen, Knave
1972 Peccato Mortale (The Lonely Woman) and (Roses and Green Peppers)
1968 The Private Navy of Sgt. OFarrell
1968 Un Bellissimo Novembre (That Splendid November)
1968 Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell
1967 La Morte Ha Fatto Luovo (A Curious Way To Love) and (Death Laid An Egg)
1966 Hotel Paradiso
1966 Cervantes (Young Rebel)
1966 Le Piacevoli Notti
1966 Les Sultans
1965 Le Bambole (The Dolls) and (Four Kinds of Love)
1965 Io, Io, Io E Gli Altri
1964 Woman of Straw
1964 Strange Bedfellows
1963 Mare Matto (Mad Sea)
1963 Venere Imperiale
1962 La Bellezza Di Ippolita (She Got What She Asked For)
1961 Come September
1961 Go Naked In The World
1959 Solomon and Sheba
1959 Never So Few
1958 Anna Di Brooklyn (Fast and Sexy in 1960)
1960 The Legge (La Law) and (Where The Hot Wind Blows)
1956 Notre Dame De Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
1955 La Donna Più Bella Del Mondo (Beautiful But Dangerous)
1954 Le Grand Jeu (Flesh and The Woman)
1954 Beat The Devil
1954 Pane, Amore E Gelosia (Frisky)
1956 La Romana (Woman of Rome)
1953 Le Infedeli,
1954 Il Maestro Di Don Giovanni (Crossed Swords)
1954 Pane, Amore E Fantasia (Bread, Love and Dreams)
1955 La Provinciale (The Wayward Wife)
1952 Les Belles De Nuit (Beauties of The Night
1952 Fanfan La Tulipe (Soldier of Love)
1952 Altri Tempi (Times Gone By)
1952 Moglie Per Una Notte (Wife For A Night)
1951 Achtung! Banditi!
1951 Amor Non Ho Però Però
1951 Città Si Difende, La Daniela (Four Ways Out)
1951 Enrico Caruso: Leggenda Di Una Voce
1951 A Tale of Five Women (A Tale of Five Cities)
1950 Campane A Martello (Children of Chance)
1950 Miss Italia
1950 Vita Da Cani (A Dogs Life)
1949 Cuori Senza Frontiere (The White Line)
1949 La Sposa Non Puo Attendere (The Bride Cant Wait)
1949 Storia Di Cinque Città
1948 Follie Per Lopera (Mad About Opera)
1947 A Man About The House
1947 Il Delitto Di Giovanni Episcopo (Flesh Will Surrender)
1947 Pagliacci (Love of A Clown)
1947 Il Segreto Di Don Giovanni
1946 Aquila Nera (The Black Eagle)
1948 L Elisir Damore (This Wine of Love)
1946 Lucia Di Lammermoor
Fast and Sexy (in English) can be purchased in DVD from http://www.cinemasirens.com. Also, three other of Ginas films (Bambole, The Unfaithfuls, and Alina) can be purchased at http://www.cinemasirens.com
A clip from Fast and Sexy can be seen here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWeDlLEpcJ0
Anna de Brooklyn also known as Fast and Sexy can be purchased from Alapage in France. This VHS can be ordered on-line at this link (click here). If this link does not work, then go to their main webpage at http://www.alapage.com. This video is available in VHS SECAM format (a French format) and is dubbed in French.
Gina is truely awesome in this movie and this video will be an outstanding addition for admirers collections of Gina movies. Miss Lollobrigida is so pretty, so gorgeous, and very va va voom in this film. It is unfortunate that the movie industry no longer portrays such beautiful women like Gina.
Video stills from Fast and Sexy
Click here for other film clips from the movie, Fast and Sexy.
Come September video stills which has many photos of Gina in a wedding dress (and she wears it so beautifully).
Other websites featuring Gina Lollobrigida are at:
http://www.lollobrigida.com, or http://www.lollobrigida.net, is the official Gina Lollobrigida page. Originally produced by her son Milko Jr. when she ran for election to the European Unit in 1999. It now features the sculptures by Gina and her works in painting and photography. The website also describes Ginas career and has reviews from various art museums, and includes recent photos of Gina, and she is so beautiful, glamorous, and very lovely.
Guido Grande contributed material from Ginas European Parliament campaign in 1999.
www.lollobrigida.de is a webpage on Gina by Heinz Weinand in Germany and it is very impressive. Page has a section on Gina in the news (some articles include photos).
Gina Lollobrigida Yahoogroups Internet Mailing List
Group Email Addresses:
This list is maintained by Joe Admire (of www.operagloves.com website) and messages are publically available. You can address several Gina fans that are subscribed to this list with just one email. Share stories and pictures, ask questions, etc.
Gina is an Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. see http://www.fao.org/wfd/ambas/lollo-e.htm
http://www.tv-now.com/stars/lolobrid.html is a webpage for TV Now of TV programming schedules that feature Gina.
www.operagloves.com has many photos of Gina wearing gloves (click here) from movies Imperial Venus and Beautiful But Dangerous. Beautiful But Dangerous was also released as The Most Beautiful Woman in the World and this site has several video captures of Gina in feathers and garters, a white gown and a black mermaid style gown (both with Gina wearing long gloves). For many of her fans, this film is regarded as one of "La Lollo's" best films (though unfortunately very hard to obtain in the U.S.).
This site also has large images that look great when printed on 11X17 paper. There are a few photos of Gina at this downloadable poster section (click here) also has Connie Francis, Sophia Loren, Jane Russell and others (I did some high density scans and sent them to the webmaster of that site).
Gina Lollobrigida Paper Doll created by Denise Martinson is at http://www.denisemartinson.com with 15 pages of clothes with two outfits from Trapeze and one from Solomon and Sheba are included in the set.
German television schedule featuring Gina at http://www.prisma-online.de/tv/person.html?pid=gina_lollobrigida
http://www.coolstamps.com/frank-sinatra-in-stamps.html A sheet of 9 stamps featuring Frank Sinatra and Gina Lollobrigida with other actors and actresses (issued by Republic Senegal) for $7.95. Also see, http://coolstamps.com/sen99m01-cinema-century.jpg
This site features Gina while in Russia for a film awards event at http://www.movie-times.net/2003.RUSSIA.GOLDENEAGLE.ACADEMYAWARDS.HTM
Gina Shoes at http://www.ginashoes.com are glamorous handmade shoes for movie stars. The owner established his company Gina after his inspiration, Gina Lollobrigida.
A small website on Gina from Japan at http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~hj7h-tkhs/eng_actress_html/eng_actress_lollobrigida.html
http://www.peoples.ru/art/cinema/actor/lollobrigida/history2.html is a Gina Lollobrigida webpage in Russian.
Internet Movie Database at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0518178/
Gina recognized at http://www.swinginchicks.com/gina_lollobrigida.htm
Photos of Gina at Cannes http://www.absolutenow.com/new/lollob~1.html
Hot At Any Age: Gina Lollobrigida at http://www.lifeinitaly.com/italian-movies/gina-lollobrigida.asp
http://kbarron.home.mindspring.com had many photos but it no longer exists.
Gina Lollobrigida Wallpaper
Here are some background pictures of Gina Lollobrigida on a computer screen. They are very impressive to say the least. The screen saver was disable of course. Screen savers are a waste of money. Ive never seen a CRT with a burned-in image from a Mac or a PC. The monitor usually poops out before the phosphor has a permanent image and who cares if it has a permanent image of Gina Lollobrigida?
Download wallpaper at Gina Lollobrigida Wallpaper
Gina Lollobrigida Standup Cutout
Check out this lifesize Gina Lollobrigida standup cutout. It is very impressive to say the least. For an explanation on how this was made, see Lifesize Connie Francis Poster and Standup Cutout (click here).
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