“The story of Loren (b. 1934) reads like a love letter to her family and friends—and she rarely has a bad word to say about anyone. There are heartfelt reminiscences of her grandmother (“Mamma Luisa”) and mother (“Mammina”), who warned her about romancing Carlo Ponti, a married man 22 years her senior. (She eventually married him anyway.) Also mentioned are late-night walks with neighbor Audrey Hepburn; long dinners with paramour Cary Grant; on-set antics with Charlie Chaplin; and Scrabble games with Richard Burton, who briefly lived with the actress while he was estranged from Elizabeth Taylor. This rags-to-riches tale describes how an illegitimate girl from war-torn Italy, whose facial features were deemed “impossible” to photograph, slowly transitioned from Sofia Scicolone to Sofia Lazzaro to Sophia Loren. Along the way, Loren relays emotional memories such as coping with an unscrupulous father, learning English by reading Mickey Mouse comics and Shakespeare, suffering two miscarriages while the validity of her marriage was questioned, and enduring imprisonment for tax evasion. Named after the 1963 De Sica film in which she appeared, Loren’s memoir is similar to her notable striptease in that film: vulnerable yet respectable.”
Write Your Story
Join our senior library member Bruce Haase and write your memoir. Bruce is a life long reader, he now writes memoire-based, creative non-fiction. These are informal meetings to support each other and organize your thoughts for writing. Sharing is optional.
Meetings take place the third Tuesday of the Month
April 21, May 19, and June 16….1 — 3 p.m.
Please bring your pen & paper.
For more information: Bruce Haase, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Union City Library 510-745-1464 Location: UNION CITY BRANCH –Get Directions