Her delicious sense of comedy and that attractive voice are showcased in that record album she made with Peter Sellers where they do several amusing numbers together. I wonder what happened to my vinyl copy of it?
Alec Guinness has a delightful story in his book "Blessings in Disguise" about taking her out to dinner, when they were making FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. She was probably one of the Naples kids he and the other British army personnal were giving food to back in 1944 during the war, when she would have been about 10. Now here they were making a movie 20 years later!
Charlton Heston was not quite so amused though that the initial billing for EL CID (which had only him above the title) had to be changed as her contract stipulated equal billing. I remember reading about it in the papers when I was a kid at the time - there was a court case about it.
She certainly worked non-stop throughout the '50s and '60s ...that great era for international cinema. That delirious "Americano" number in IT STARTED IN NAPLES - right.
It would be nice if there would be a good final role for her, she was not well served by NINE where she had little to do.
|HOUSEBOAT, 1958, she was maybe 23 or 24|
|Sophia and son Carlo, 2012 - she hardly seems to age|