The Italian film diva Gina Lollobrigida is dead. The famous Italian actress died at the age of 95. This is reported by the Ansa news agency.

Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida is dead. The legendary film actress and artist died at the age of 95, Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano wrote on Twitter on Monday. Italian media such as the Ansa and Adnkronos news agencies had previously reported.

Lollobrigida is one of the great film icons in Italy. Alongside Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale and Monica Vitti, she achieved worldwide fame in the post-war decades. At times she was one of the highest paid actresses in the world. Based on one of her films, she was even described as the “most beautiful woman in the world”.

She became internationally known with films such as “Fanfan, der Hussar” and “Die Schönen der Nacht” (both 1952). In 1956, she starred opposite Anthony Quinn in Notre Dame de Paris.

In the 1970s she retired from the film business and from then on worked as a photographer. She had great success with portraits of celebrities from politics and well-known fellow actors.

Lollobrigida later stood in front of the screen again for film projects, and in 1986 she chaired the jury at the Berlin Film Festival. In the 1990s she switched to sculpture, exhibiting sculptures and serving as a UNICEF ambassador. After that, the diva was often a welcome guest on red carpets and at film galas.

In recent years, a family dispute has flared up around her – at her son’s initiative, a judge assigned her a guardian.

In Germany, Lollobrigida has been awarded the “Bambi” media and television prize (Hubert Burda) six times. In 1961, Lollobrigida was named Favorite International Actress at the Golden Globe Awards. Since the 1970s, Lollobrigida has lived a rather secluded life and pursued her passion for sculpture.

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