The up-and-comer tried her luck in a beauty contest and met her future husband Carlo Ponti (he was the judge, she was first runner up). Soon after, she got roles in three films.
Although she has been a beauty icon for decades now, Sophia Loren claims that her legendary looks are but a "unity of many irregularities," recalling her early career when she was asked to have her nose bobbed and to paint her full mouth into a cupid's bow. But over 100 films, two Oscars and countless tributes later, it is clear that the Nine star's uniquely sensuous style endures. Refusing plastic surgery, the 75-year-old has said, "Where youthful beauty is unconscious, mature beauty is knowing and sophisticated." Just like the actress herself.