Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life
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In her first memoir, the Academy Award–winning actress Sophia Loren tells her incredible life story from the struggles of her childhood in war-torn Naples to her life as a screen legend, icon of elegance, and devoted mother.
In her acting career spanning more than six decades, Sophia Loren became known for her striking beauty and dramatic roles with famed costars Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, and Paul Newman. The luminous Italian movie star was the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign language performance, after which she continued a vibrant and varied career that took her from Hollywood to Paris to Italy—and back to Hollywood. In Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, Loren shares vivid memories of work, love, and family with winning candor.
Born in 1934 and growing up in World War II Italy, Loren’s life of glamour and success was preceded by years of poverty and hardship, when she lived in her grandparents’ house with her single mother and sister, and endured near starvation. She shares how she blossomed from a toothpick-thin girl into a beautiful woman seemingly overnight, getting her start by winning a beauty pageant; and how her first Hollywood film, The Pride and the Passion, ignited a high-profile romance with Cary Grant, who would vie with her mentor, friend, frequent producer, and lover Carlo Ponti to become her husband. Loren also reveals her long-held desire to become a mother, the disappointments she suffered, the ultimate joy of having two sons, and her happiness as a mother and grandmother.
From trying times to triumphant ones, this scintillating autobiography paints a multi-dimensional portrait of the woman behind the celebrity, beginning each chapter with a letter, photograph, or object that prompts her memories. In Loren’s own words, this is a collection of “unpublished memories, curious anecdotes, tiny secrets told, all of which spring from a box found by chance, a precious treasure trove filled with emotions, experiences, adventures.” Her wise and candid voice speaks from the pages with riveting detail and sharp humor. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is as elegant, entrancing, and memorable as Sophia Loren herself.
forever in the character of La Bersagliera, or maybe, since she loved to sing—she had a gorgeous voice—she was tempted by Beautiful but Dangerous, the fictional story of the life of the soprano Lina Cavalieri, which gave her a chance to sing on film. So when they offered me Gina’s part in Scandal in Sorrento, I didn’t think twice about it. I had no reason to say no. The press had a field day, of course, concocting a rivalry between the two of us that had absolutely no reason to exist. We were
become. I enjoyed working, I committed myself to it in full, but I was still a young woman and I needed to feel carefree. It made up for not having been carefree when I was a child. As a young girl at Cinecittà, I’d known I couldn’t afford to make a single mistake—those hard times of the war were still so recent. Now that things were starting to look up, I could laugh and joke around. I didn’t do it because I wanted to be mean—it was just a way to pass the time, to get the better of my nerves,
Laurentiis company and created the Champion film company together with Marcello Girosi, a Neapolitan who spoke English very well. Girosi helped Carlo to expand his business across the ocean. They had signed an agreement with Paramount and I was entering the front door of one of the most important stables in the world. My first Hollywood appointment was in fact a cocktail party organized by Paramount at Romanoff’s, a famous Beverly Hills restaurant popular with the stars. In my honor they’d given
a table preparing an outdoor scene, he scornfully asked me: “Are you going to do it like that?!” “Dear Tony,” I replied, “I do what I can.” I was trying to control myself, but inside I was dying. However much I tried, it never seemed to be enough. “I’m going,” I’d say, “I’m going back home.” But then I’d start over again, as if nothing had happened. Quinn had also had a complicated childhood, with a father who was an adventurer and a revolutionary, a friend of Pancho Villa. His mother was
worked, and she lives for her daughter. Her approach to things is simple and straightforward. You’ve already experienced all these things personally, Sofì. You know perfectly well what I’m talking about. You’ll act with no makeup on, with no tricks. Be yourself, you become your own mother, and everything will turn out fine.” After all those years of Hollywood, Two Women was taking me back home, to the harsh reality of my childhood. The war, which had long been buried inside me, was now