Laura La Plante
Laura La Plante (November 1, 1904 - October 14, 1996) was an American film actress who achieved her greatest success in silent movies.
Born Laura La Plant in St. Louis, Missouri, La Plante made her acting debut at the age of 15, and in 1923 was named as one of the years WAMPAS Baby Stars. During the 1920s she appeared in more than sixty films, and achieved her greatest success in the 1929 film Show Boat. She appeared in only a handful of films with the advent of talking pictures, and retired in 1957.
She was the sister of actress Violet La Plante.
She died in Woodland Hills, California from Alzheimer's Disease.
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During the 1920s she appeared in more than sixty films, and achieved her greatest success in the 1929 film Show Boat. In 1982, she made headlines when she served an 18-day prison sentence in Italy on tax evasion charges but this didn't slow down her career. Louis, Missouri, La Plante made her acting debut at the age of 15, and in 1923 was named as one of the years WAMPAS Baby Stars. Loren moved into her 40s and 50s gracefully and continued to be considered both a fine dramatic actress and a sex symbol for years, with acclaimed roles in films such as The Cassandra Crossing and Robert Altman's Ready to Wear. Born Laura La Plant in St. That same year, Loren gave an acclaimed performance in Italy's Two Women, which earned her the distinction of being the first actor to win a major category Academy Award (in her case, Best Actress) for a non-English language performance. Laura La Plante (November 1, 1904 - October 14, 1996) was an American film actress who achieved her greatest success in silent movies. To promote the film, Loren and Sellers recorded a best-selling album of comedic songs.
One of her best-known films of this period was The Millionairess (1960) which became the subject of much speculation due to the fact her co-star, Peter Sellers, became infatuated with the actress and later claimed to have had an affair with her (a fact she denies). By the 1960s, Loren was one of the most popular actresses in the world, and continued to make popular films in both America and in Europe. Some of her earliest American films included Desire Under the Elms (based upon the Eugene O'Neill play), Houseboat (a romantic comedy starring Cary Grant), and The Black Orchid (a romantic drama co-starring Anthony Quinn). In short order, however, Loren demonstrated considerable skill as a dramatic and comedic actress, which gained her respect as being more than just a sex symbol.
Although she had appeared in a bit part in the Hollywood blockbuster Quo Vadis in 1951, it was not until 1957's Boy on a Dolphin that Loren became a major international film star, due in part to the iconic image of her wearing a water-soaked, body-clinging dress. This film, like many of her other early roles, emphasized her voluptuous physique; she even appeared topless in a few films (which was considered acceptable in European cinema at the time, though said scenes were usually cut out when the films were distributed in the United Kingdom or in North America). Two Nights with Cleopatra). One of her first major roles was as the titular character of the 1953 Italian film Due notti con Cleopatra (a.k.a.
She was "discovered" by her future husband Carlo Ponti, who produced many of her films. She grew up there in poverty but found her way into small parts in European films in the early 1950s, often billed as Sofia Lazzaro. She was born Sofia Villani Scicolone in Pozzuoli, Italy, the illegitimate daughter of Romilda Villani and Riccardo Scicolone. Sophia Loren (born September 20, 1934) is one of the most famous Italian actresses of all time, and even at the age of 70 continues to be considered one of the most desirable women on the planet.
"If you haven't cried, your eyes can't be beautiful.". "The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty.". "It's a mistake to think that once you're done with school you need never learn anything new.". That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.".
"Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. "Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.". "A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.". When asked why she stopped doing nude scenes: "When Sophia Loren is naked, that is a lot of nakedness.".
"Sex appeal is 50% what you've got and 50% what people think you've got.". "Mistakes are a part of the dues one pays for a full life.". Other notable film roles were: Jimena (Charlton Heston's love interest) in El Cid; Lucilla in The Fall of the Roman Empire with Alec Guinness; and Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha with Peter O'Toole. Her childhood nickname: "Toothpick".
Often appeared with Marcello Mastroianni. Received an Oscar for Best Actress for the 1960 film Two Women..