On Sunday, legendary screen star Sophia Loren underwent emergency surgery, following a bad fall in her home in Switzerland. She was hospitalized and remains under medical care.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed through a source that the 89-year-old Italian star is recovering following surgery on her hip, after she sustained several fractures from falling in her bathroom, including one on her femur.
The same source told the outlet that the family is cautiously optimistic about her recovery and that her sons, Carlo and Edoardo, are by her side in the hospital.
Andrea Giusti, Loren’s agent, told The Associated Press that the actress fell on Sunday, and the surgery was performed later in the day, telling the outlet that the operation “went very well and now we only need to wait.”
Just five days prior, Loren celebrated her 89th birthday. She was last seen in public on September 2, when she attended Italian designer Giorgio Armani’s fashion show held during the 80th Venice Film Festival.
Loren made headlines in 2020, after news surfaced that she would appear in her son Edoardo Ponti’s film for Netflix, “The Life Ahead,” in which she played a Holocaust survivor who forges a bond with a 12-year-old Senegalese immigrant.
The film marked the first time she had appeared on screen in nearly a decade at the time, IndieWire noted. She would win a David di Donatello Award for best actress.
Loren’s career has spanned decades. She was born into poverty in Naples but went on to become a Hollywood star, winning an Oscar in 1962 for Vittorio de Sica’s film “La Ciociara” (“Two Women”) about a wartime mother’s rape.
The win was groundbreaking at the time, as it marked the first instance of an actor or actress winning an Academy Award for a role in a language other than English.
However, it was far from the last role she performed in. She was again nominated in 1965 for her part in “Marriage Italian Style” alongside actor Marcello Mastroianni, and she would go on to star opposite Hollywood greats including Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant. She would later win an honorary award at the Oscars in 1990 for having such a lengthy and influential career.
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