Sofia Costanza Brigida Villani Scicolone Dame Grand Cross (born 20 September 1934), known professionally as Sophia Loren, is an Italian actress. She was named by the American Film Institute as the 21st greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema. She is currently the only living actress and highest-ranked living person mentioned on the list. She is also now one of the last surviving major stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.

In one of her interviews she said: "I grew up knowing what it was like to be hungry. I was raised in a very small town, very poor, near Naples, called Pozzuoli. We didn't have much money and then when the war came, we didn't have much food. When you are ten years old and you are hungry, you have to wonder what you will find to eat tomorrow - it's not something you ever forget.

You learn how to survive, and when you are older, you want to teach other people how to survive, too, because it is very important. I love to eat, and I love to eat healthily. I love pasta. I love starch. Everything I am, I owe to spaghetti!

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