S.Loren and the “Spaghetti Incident”

“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical”.SL

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.” SL

Sophia Loren, born Sofia Villani Scicolone, 20 September 1934).

She is widely recognized as Italy’s most renowned and honored actress. She was the first actress of the talkie era to win an Academy Award for a non-English-speaking performance, for her portrayal of Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women.

After being credited professionally as Sofia Lazzaro, she began using her current stage name in 1952’s La Favorita. Her first starring role was in Aida (1953), for which she received critical acclaim.

“I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don’t understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.” SL – As quoted in Valentines & Vitriol (1977) by Rex Reed

Loren is known for her sharp wit and insight. One of her most frequently quoted sayings is a quip about her famously voluptuous figure: “Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti”. However, on the 20 December 2009, episode of CBS News Sunday Morning, Loren denied ever delivering the line.


“After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” SL

Spaghetti is a long, thin, cylindrical pasta of Italian and Sicilian origin. Spaghetti is made of semolina or flour and water. Italian dried spaghetti is made from durum wheat semolina, but outside of Italy and Sicily it may be made with other kinds of flour. Traditionally, most spaghetti was 50 cm (20 in) long, but shorter lengths gained in popularity during the latter half of the 20th century and now spaghetti is most commonly available in 25–30 cm (10–12 in) lengths. A variety of pasta dishes are based on it, from spaghetti alla Carbonara or garlic and oil to a spaghetti with tomato sauce, meat and other sauces.

Spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning “thin string” or “twine”

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