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Marlon Brando all of a sudden he put his hands on me,” says Loren, who snarled: “Don’t you ever dare do that again! Never again

CARY GRANT begged to marry her and Marlon Brando tried to bed her but screen siren Sophia Loren saved herself for the man who proved his love – by slapping her in the face.

Though shocking, the blow told the Italian temptress that she had chosen wisely in rejecting Grant’s marriage proposal.

“That’s what made me feel OK,” she says of the slap, delivered by Grant’s love rival, married Italian film producer Carlo Ponti.

“That made me feel I’d made the right choice.” Irresistibly charming and suavely debonair, Grant was 30 years her senior when Loren became the great unrequited love of his life, a new book reveals. Loren – was swept off her feet by intimate dinners and Grant’s unbridled passion, as they starred together in the 1957 drama The Pride And The Passion, and a year later in comedy Houseboat.
“She loved Cary Grant and was tiring of being mistress to Carlo Ponti who was unable to divorce his wife and marry Sophia under Catholic law of the 1950s,” says Cindy De La Hoz, author of Sophia Loren: Movie Star Italian Style.
“Their relationship quickly deepened to a romance with Grant falling head over heels in love. By the end of filming he had asked her to marry him.”
Yet Loren was torn between Grant and the younger Ponti, 22 years her senior.
She was at a point in her career where she was finally being offered Hollywood roles but feared that if she married Grant she might just become red carpet arm candy.
“Cary belonged to another world in America,” says Loren. “I felt that I would never fit in there. I would never have a future there because of my nationality.”
When Houseboat finished filming, Loren rejected Grant’s marriage proposal. “Grant was devastated,” says the author.
“He never stopped loving her.”
In farewell Grant sent Loren a large bouquet of yellow roses, which she shamelessly flaunted on her flight home with Carlo Ponti, who promptly slapped her.
“It was not a nice thing to do,” Loren says of her taunting. But Ponti’s slap made her realise she had chosen the right man. “I was young and thought if he got angry and jealous it meant he loved me,” she says.
Their romance took almost a decade to reach the altar and Loren had only just married Ponti when she starred in 1967 comedy A Countess From Hong Kong opposite Marlon Brando, and was forced to rebuff his sexual advances.
“All of a sudden he put his hands on me,” says Loren, who snarled: “Don’t you ever dare do that again! Never again!”
She recalls: “As I pulverised him with my eyes he seemed small, defenceless, almost a victim of his own notoriety. He never did it again but it was very difficult working with him after that.”
Loren had previously chased away the advances of British comedian Peter Sellers who fell for her when they co-starred in the 1960 comedy The Millionairess.
Obsessed, Sellers wrecked his marriage to first wife Anne Howe, who lamented: “He became besotted with her.” Loren’s illegitimate birth, impoverished childhood, heartbreaking miscarriages and near-death experience on a film set are also exposed in the new book.
“The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty,” says the star who was born Sofia Scicolone in a charity ward for unwed mothers in Rome in 1934.
Her mother was frustrated actress Romilda Villani whose lover Riccardo Scicolone refused to marry her.
Growing up near Naples during the Second World War food was scarce and she was so thin that teasing schoolmates called her “Stuzzicadenti” – toothpick. “She was malnourished and they had no money for doctors,” says De La Hoz.
“But clearly she blossomed in her late teens.” L OREN began modelling at 17 and worked as a movie extra in Rome but her looks were not considered classically beautiful.
“In her early screen tests the cameramen complained her face was too short, her eyes too big and her nose too hooked and long.
“They urged her to get cosmetic surgery but Sophia refused to have any work done. She liked her unique features.” In 1953 she changed her name to Sophia Loren yet her illegitimacy haunted her and loomed over her romance with Carlo Ponti who was unable to divorce his wife.
“What I wanted was to have a legitimate family, a legitimate husband, children, a family like everybody else,” says Loren. “It was because of the experience I had with my father.”
With her first big pay-cheque from Italian movies, Loren paid her father a million lira to legally give his last name to her younger sister Maria. She was well on her way to becoming a huge Hollywood star when her career almost ended and she nearly died while filming Legend Of The Lost opposite John Wayne in the Sahara in 1957.
“One night while Loren was asleep the gas heater installed to keep her warm slowly filled her motel room with carbon monoxide,” reveals De La Hoz.
“She woke with a pounding headache and crawled to the door and unlocked it before collapsing. Co-star Rossano Brazzi found
her but it could have turned out very differently.”
In 1961 Loren picked up the Best Actress Oscar for Two Women and another nomination in 1965 for the comedy Marriage Italian Style. But off-screen marital bliss eluded her. In desperation she and Ponti were wed by proxy when their lawyers unromantically signed marriage papers on their behalf in Mexico in 1957.
But the Vatican branded the marriage illegal and threatened the couple with excommunication while Ponti was charged in Italy with bigamy.
They fled into exile and had the dubious marriage annulled in 1962. Ponti, later adopted French citizenship and could thus divorce legally, marrying Loren in Paris in 1966. He died in 2007. But her dreams of motherhood seemed destined for heartbreak.
After suffering two miscarriages in the mid-1960s Sophia feared she would never fulfil her dream of becoming a mother,” says De La Hoz. When she became pregnant again in 1968 she confined herself to bed, giving birth to Carlo Ponti Jr and son Eduardo a year later.

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John Wayne was closely associated with his conservative Republican views however, he didn’t always think that he aligned with the political party.

Movie star John Wayne once expressed his positive thoughts toward Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill. He was known to be politically vocal, unafraid to express his support or disapproval of politicians. Here’s a look at why Wayne thought Churchill was the “most terrific fella of our century.”

Wayne was closely associated with his conservative Republican views. However, he didn’t always think that he aligned with the political party. In fact, Wayne considered himself a liberal before the world reminded him that he held very traditionalist, conservative views.

The Oscar-winning actor frequently expressed anti-communist statements, leaning back on his “super patriot” image. Wayne despised Hollywood figures behind the scenes who infused communist messaging in their filmmaking. High Noon screenwriter Carl Foreman was one of the folks at the top of the list, which largely had to do with why he turned down the lead role that he called “un-American.”

According to The Patriot Post, Wayne thought Churchill was “the most terrific fella of our century.” The movie star most frequently spoke about his opinion on American politicians, but he had plenty of wonderful things to say about this one from the U.K. Further, he said that he “could think of nobody that had a better insight or that said things concerning the future that have proven out so well” when it came to the subject of communism.
Wayne read the following quote from Churchill:
“I tell you–it’s no use arguing with a Communist. It’s no good trying to convert a Communist, or persuade him. You can only deal with them on the following basis … you can only do it by having superior force on your side on the matter in question–and they must also be convinced that you will use–you will not hesitate to use these forces if necessary, in the most ruthless manner. You have not only to convince the Soviet government that you have superior force–but that you are not restrained by any moral consideration if the case arose from using that force with complete material ruthlessness. And that is the greatest chance of peace, the surest road to peace.”
Wayne continued: “Churchill was unparalleled. Above all, he took a nearly beaten nation and kept their dignity for them.”
Wayne had political views beyond the Churchill quote that got him into quite a bit of trouble. He directed and starred in The Green Berets, where he played Col. Mike Kirby during the Vietnam War. However, the politics surrounding his take on patriotism landed the film on film critic Roger Ebert’s most hated movies of all time list.
Additionally, Wayne didn’t see eye-to-eye with many of his liberal peers. Nevertheless, his wit and charm still managed to reach them, as several were able to see beyond his political views, including Kirk Douglas.

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One prize she never lost: the unbridled love of an adoring public

Although in 2012 she released a CD of songs she recorded years ago, since the early ’80s, the world’s favorite “girl next door” kept a low profile and lived on 11 acres in Carmel, California, where she devoted most of her time to her charitable organization.

Some speculated that she turned her attention to furry friends because of all the people who had disappointed her in her lifetime, though Day herself never publicly addressed the subject. Three of her four marriages ended in divorce, and her third husband (and manager) Martin Melcher died and left her broke until she sued to reclaim more than $20 million from his business partner.

Despite her immense popularity — by the early ’60s, she was the No. 1 box-office star on the planet — Day was often greatly underrated, and, blaming her fear of flying, turned down several awards and accolades, including (it was discussed) an honorary Oscar and the Kennedy Center Honor. One prize she never lost: the unbridled love of an adoring public.

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Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, the daughter of a Cincinnati music teacher and a homemaker, the crystal-voiced pop soprano changed her name to Day when, as a teen, she began singing on the radio. After appearances with the Big Bands of Barney Rapp and Bob Crosby, she joined Les Brown’s Band and had her first hit with “Sentimental Journey.”
Going solo in 1947, she successfully auditioned for Warner Bros. the following year and was cast in the studio’s attempts to rival the romantic musicals that were the specialty of MGM.
By the mid-’50s came better roles at other studios. This included what even she considered her best film, 1954’s Love Me or Leave Me, a dramatic, though highly fictionalized, biopic of ’20s singer Ruth Etting, who lived under the thumb of her short-tempered, controlling husband. (Day played down parallels between the movie’s plot and her own life.) In 1956, for Alfred Hitchcock, she co-starred with James Stewart in The Man Who Knew Too Much, in which she introduced the Oscar-winning song that became her signature, “Que Sera Sera.”
In 1959 she was paired for the first time with Rock Hudson, in the racy romantic comedy Pillow Talk, which resulted in her one and only Best Actress Oscar nomination, and also her greatest box-office success.
Two more vehicles with Hudson (and sidekick Tony Randall) followed, as did similar comedies in which Day — sometimes as a career woman, but always squeaky clean — costarred with Cary Grant, James Garner, and Rod Taylor.
Loved to laugh
As the ’60s wound down, Day turned to TV, having been forced there by a contract signed by late husband Melcher without her knowledge. CBS’s 1968-73 The Doris Day Show never rose above the level of being a poor man’s Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Day herself was highly critical of it.
For Day, as she told PEOPLE in 2011, her greatest loss in life was the 2004 death (from melanoma) of her son, music producer Terry Melcher.
“I had him when I was [18], so we were like sister and brother,” said Day, who found his passing “really hard. But I keep him with me.”
The profile also pointed out that humor had always been Day’s secret weapon. “I love to laugh,” said the star who made so many others laugh and sing. “It’s the only way to live. Enjoy each day — it’s not coming back again!”

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John Wayne’s furious unearthed letter to Ronald Reagan over controversial Panama Canal The western legend lashed out at the actor-turned-politician in a brutal dressing down over “misinformation”

John Wayne’s furious unearthed letter to Ronald Reagan over controversial Panama CanalThe western legend lashed out at the actor-turned-politician in a brutal dressing down over “misinformation”.

John Wayne, the Oscar-winning action hero, once became embroiled in a bitter war of words with Ronald Reagan, the Republican politician who led the US between 1981 and 1989. Though Wayne tried to steer clear of politics, his beliefs were often detailed due to his high-profile career, which culminated in his Academy Award win for Best Actor through his work on True Grit in 1969.

The man often referred to as Duke was known to be a conservative American, staunchly against Communism, beliefs which earned him universal praise from international leaders.

But Wayne was incensed with Reagan after he felt he was spreading lies to his supporters over the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977, which saw conservative politicians lash out at the decision to “surrender” in the agreement.
Before becoming a Republican politician, Reagan and Wayne had crossed paths in the world of Hollywood, with the former serving as the president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the acting world’s union that today represents around 160,000 people in the industry.
While leading the union, Reagan backed an actors’ strike in 1960, which came against major Hollywood studio executives over the residual pay system.
Reagan’s name was “dragged through the mud” as a result of his decision to back the strikes, and Wayne opted to support the SAG president by contacting his wife, Nancy Reagan, to voice his praise for the leader.
But in the years that followed, Wayne tore Reagan apart when it came to the Panama Canal Treaty.
The New York Times, reports show, noted how Wayne wrote a furious letter to Reagan over his decision to not back the treaty, which was signed by then US-President Jimmy Carter.
Wayne was expected to back the treaty, with many noting that his first wife hailed from Panama. Among his friends, it was also revealed, were the Panamanian leader Brig. Gen. Omar Torrijos Herrera.
After learning of Reagan’s stance, Wayne wrote: “Now I have taken your letter, and I’ll show you point by goddamn point in the treaty where you are misinforming people.
“If you continue these erroneous remarks, someone will publicise your letter to prove that you are not as thorough in your reviewing of this treaty as you say or are damned obtuse when it comes to reading the English language.”
Wayne’s politics did sometimes impact the work he took on, including when it came to the war efforts. He starred, for example, in films such as Sands of Iwo Jima and The Green Berets, which outlined what an American hero should look like in his eyes.
As his career continued into its twilight, he became more forthright in his beliefs and outspoken as a result. He took part in a now-infamous Playboy interview in 1971, revealing the true extent of his politics.
During the interview he spoke of how he “believed in white supremacy,” before speaking bitterly about African-Americans, saying, “we can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks”.
He also admitted to not feeling “guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves,” and added: “Now, I’m not condoning slavery.
“It’s just a fact of life, like the kid who gets infantile paralysis and has to wear braces so he can’t play football with the rest of us.”
Another controversial moment in Wayne’s career came in 1973 when Sacheen Littlefeather delivered Marlon Brando’s winning Oscar speech after he was named Best Actor for his role in The Godfather.
Littlefeather, who was 26 at the time, rejected the award on Brando’s behalf, giving a speech instead to condemn Hollywood’s poor depiction of Native Americans.
At the time, Wayne reportedly attempted to wrestle Littlefeather off-set and had to be restrained when he approached her.
The activist recalled the event last year while speaking to Variety, describing it as the “most violent moment” in the history of the Academy Awards.
She said: “I found out that he had been restrained by six security men from assaulting me while I was on that stage. That was the most violent moment that had ever taken place at the Academy Awards.”
Reflecting on Wayne’s actions, she added: “He was never admonished by the Academy. It was never published in the press. But the most violent moments took place then and there at the Academy Awards by John Wayne.
“All I know is that… I don’t hold anger, hate or have any animosity toward anyone, including the Academy and the John Waynes of the world.
“I’m not a wealthy person. I’m a poor person. I don’t have much, but I do what I can. I try not to judge others. So, what other people want to do and what they feel in their hearts, they have to do.”

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