Sophia Loren to Get Lifetime Honor at Transilvania Festival

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Sophia Loren

The Italian star will receive the award at the end of the fest's 15th edition, which will mark her first-ever visit to Romania.

Screen legend Sophia Loren will receive a lifetime achievement award next week at Romania's Transilvania International Film Festival.

The Italian star, whose career spans six decades, will be honored June 4 at the closing gala of the fest's 15th edition in Cluj during her first-ever visit to Romania.

“It’s one of the meetings that we badly wanted for many years at TIFF, and I’m glad it’s finally happening," festival president and filmmaker Tudor Giurgiu said in a statement. "Sophia Loren is the idol of many generations, a very tonic and charmed presence, with a huge popularity everywhere in the world. It’s an honor to have her at TIFF and a moment of happiness for Cluj to meet her, at her first arrival in Romania."

Other stars celebrated at the Transilvania fest in recent years have included Claudia Cardinale, Annie Girardot, Vanessa Redgrave, Catherine Deneuve and Geraldine Chaplin.

Loren has recently been touring the U.S. with a special event, "An Evening With Sophie Loren," which sees her talking about her childhood in war-time Naples, the beauty contest she won at the age of 14 and her spectacular career in film.

The actress has starred in around 100 films during her career and worked with such directors as Vittorio de Sica, George Cukor, Charlie Chaplin and Robert Altman. Loren began her career in 1950, at the age of 15, in de Sica's The Gold of Naples, and later starred alongside Marcello Mastroianni in 1954's Too Bad She’s Bad, the beginning of a screen collaboration that included 1964's Marriage Italian Style (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award), the comedy The Priest’s Wife (1970) and Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (1963), which boasts a striptease scene that made history.

Her long career has brought her a multitude of honors, including an Oscar for her dramatic role as a mother in Two Women (La Ciociara) in 1961.

In 1991, Loren was celebrated by the American Film Academy with a lifetime achievement award, was declared a "treasure of world cinema" and, in 1999, was recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the great legends of the golden age of Hollywood.

More recently, the actress has had a shade of lipstick named after her and appeared in a Dolce & Gabbana commercial for a new fragrance.

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