“I was born at a time when the cinema was really, really powerful; more than it is today,” notes the iconic Italian actress, who, starting in the 1950s, rapidly became one of Europe’s biggest divas and worked with Hollywood heavyweights such as Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra and Errol Flynn. “The stars from those days, including myself, have a long-lasting fame that I am amazed by,” she says.
On Feb. 1, “La Lollo,” as she is known in Italy, will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, nearly seven decades after billionaire mogul Howard Hughes flew her to Los Angeles.
“Gina is simply a legend,” says marketing guru and events organizer Tiziana Rocca, who is the driving force behind this long overdue honor.
“I’m happy [to be] on this boulevard that I have walked down so many times,” says Lollobrigida