At 95, Gina Lollobrigida, icon from Hollywood’s Golden Age, to run for Senate in Italy


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Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida is seen in July at her ninety fifth birthday celebration in Rome. (Daniele Venturelli / Getty Images)

Pane, amore e fantasia … e il Senato?

Cinema icon Gina Lollobrigida will compete for a Senate seat in Italy’s elections subsequent month.

The 95-year-old actor is operating as a part of the Sovereign and Populist Italy (ISP) social gathering. The political faction was based in July and described by Marco Rizzo, one of many social gathering’s leaders, as “the only alternative against the liberal, warmongering and sanitary totalitarianism.”

“I was just tired of hearing politicians arguing with each other without ever getting to the point,” Lollobrigida instructed Italian outlet Corriere della Sera on Sunday. “I will fight for the people to decide, from health to justice. Italy is in bad shape, I want to do something good and positive.”

She went on to cite Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration, particularly for his “way of doing things, for his nonviolence.” And later famous she was a “good friend” of Indira Gandhi, India’s first feminine prime minister. “I saw her every time she came to Rome. She was an extraordinary woman.”

The ISP needs Italy to exit each the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union and opposes the insurance policies of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, significantly these associated to the sending of arms to Ukraine and obligatory COVID vaccinations.

Draghi resigned in July after his ruling coalition fell aside, however is staying on in a caetaker capability. The particular election can be held in September.

Lollobrigida’s Senate marketing campaign just isn’t the “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell” actor’s first try to break into politics. In 1999, she ran for a European Parliament seat with Italy’s Democrats, a centrist and socially liberal political faction. She did not win the seat.

Lollobrigida first gained public publicity in 1947 after putting third in the Miss Italia magnificence pageant. Her breakout performing position was in 1953’s “Pane, Amore e Fantasia (Bread, Love and Dreams),” for which she acquired a BAFTA nomination. That identical yr she starred alongside Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones in John Huston’s “Beat the Devil.”

She was in the 1956 movies “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” co-starring Anthony Quinn, and “Trapeze,” with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. Then she received the Henrietta Award on the Golden Globes for her position in 1961’s “Come September.” She has nearly 70 movie and TV credit to her identify.

Lollobrigida was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018.

“It’s an honor that I didn’t expect, I was moved,” she stated on the 2018 ceremony. “The first time that I came to Hollywood, I was treated like a queen…. It’s very good to succeed and to be loved by so many people all over the world.”

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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