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Hollywood honours Sophia Loren

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Hollywood paid tribute to Italian sex siren Sophia Loren on Wednesday.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the gala event to mark the 50 years since Loren, 76, became the first person to win an acting Oscar for a foreign-language role for the film ‘Two Women.’

Several stars of the big screen turned out to show their support, including Grease and Saturday Night Fever star John Travolta.

Born in 1934, Loren grew up in Naples and began working as a model aged 14.

She started acting after meeting her late husband, film producer Carlo Ponti.

Loren’s career has spanned six decades. She won a lifetime achievement Oscar in 1991.

Another honour followed in 2006 when, at the age of 71, she excited car mechanics worldwide by becoming the oldest woman to pose for the celebrated Pirelli calendar.