Mourning for Gina Lollobrigida: This is how Italy says goodbye to the film diva

Gina Lollobrigida passed away on Monday (January 16, 2023) at the age of 95.

Mourning for Gina Lollobrigida: This is how Italy says goodbye to the film diva

Gina Lollobrigida passed away on Monday (January 16, 2023) at the age of 95. According to Italian media, the actress's funeral will take place on Thursday, January 19. The funeral service begins at 12:30 p.m.

Lollobrigida bids farewell at the Church of Santa Maria in Montesanto in her hometown of Rome. The church at Piazza del Popolo is also known as the "Church of the Artists". Worship services have been held here weekly since 1953, attended primarily by people from the art world. That is why funeral services for well-known artists are often held in the church.

Before the funeral, fans can say goodbye to the actress. Gina Lollobrigida's coffin is laid out in a room in the Capitol. Visitors can enter the funeral home from Wednesday (January 18) at 10 a.m. It is open until 7 p.m. The coffin can be viewed from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the Thursday morning before the funeral service. Many well-known Italian personalities have already been laid out here, for example Monica Vitti (1931-2022) in February 2022, alongside Gina Lollobrigida one of the greatest actresses of her generation.

Gina Lollobrigida is considered a national shrine in Italy and was revered as "Gina nazionale" even during her lifetime. After studying sculpture and painting, she was drawn to film in the early 1950s. From an early age she shot not only in Europe, but also in Hollywood, for example in "Salomon and the Queen of Sheba". In 1961 she won the Golden Globes for Favorite International Actress.

She was considered the "most beautiful woman in the world", not only because she won the David di Donatello, the most important Italian film prize, for a film of the same title in 1956. At the age of three she is said to have won a prize as the most beautiful toddler in Italy.

From the 1970s, she was rare in the film business. This has earned her a reputation as a photographer. Even later she devoted herself to politics, albeit without success. In 1999 she ran for the Italian Social Democrats in the European Parliament elections. Only last year, at the age of 95, she stood for a left-wing alliance in the parliamentary elections in Italy.

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