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'I Wanted To Go Back Home' - Sophia Loren Remembers It All

Interview: The legendary Italian actress shares memories of when it all began, and describes a life that remains rich with honors and new artistic challenges.

The Italian icon in 2009 (Immortal-truth)
The Italian icon in 2009 (Immortal-truth)
Simonetta Robiony

TAORMINA - Like the Greek temples of this Sicilian city, Sophia Loren is an Italian icon who grows better with time. The legendary actress received a special career honor here last week at the 58th edition of the Taormina Film Festival, in the coastal city's ancient Greek Theater. "I'm a very fragile woman, I get emotional easily," said the 77-year-old diva, the only Italian actress ever to win an Academy Award.

LA STAMPA: What do you remember about the first time you attended the Taormina Film Festival?
SOPHIA LOREN: "The amazement for being in the Greek Theatre. It was 30 years ago, but I still remember how my heart was beating when I entered the arena. I was so struck by the magnificence of the place that I was walking without looking where I put my feet. Someone rushed to stop me because I was about to fall off the stage."

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