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Seminole Casino Coconut Creek to host ‘An Evening with Sophia Loren’

 COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – On Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m., Seminole Casino Coconut Creek will welcome to The Pavilion stage in this Once in a Lifetime Event, Sophia Loren, whom the American Film Institute calls one of the great legends of the golden age of Hollywood.

Tickets for “An Evening with Sophia Loren” (priced at $70/$85/$100/$250) are on sale now via Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-653-8000.

The $250 ticket will include a “Meet & Greet” session immediately following the show as well as a signed book – “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life” – by Loren.

The Pavilion box office will also open at 1 p.m. on the day of the show for on-site ticket purchases and will call pickup.

The award-winning actress will share stories of her childhood in war-torn Italy, her family life and prolific career. In this Scott Stander production, Loren will be accompanied by Entertainment Tonight interviewer Bill Harris and she will also answer questions from the audience.

From beauty pageant runner-up at age 14 to a modeling career that paved the way for a successful big-screen presence, Loren has firmly established her legacy as one of the most famous International Film Stars of our time.

After a series of popular Italian films in the 1950’s, the screen siren caught Hollywood’s eye and America’s heart with a string of movies, including Boy on a Dolphin, Houseboat, Arabesque, and Heller in Pink Tights, starring with Hollywood’s top leading men, including Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck and Paul Newman.

However, it was Loren’s performance in the riveting Italian mother-daughter drama Two Women (La Ciociara) that made cinematic history. The New York Times called her portrayal of a strong-willed woman who endures an assault to spare her daughter from the horrors of war “profound.” The role scored Loren an Academy Award – the first ever given for a non-English language role.

Loren expertly juggled European movies – garnering an Oscar nod for her performance in Marriage Italian Style – and American films such as El Cid and The Fall of the Roman Empire. The hit Italian comedy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, featured a striptease by Loren’s character, which was re-created in Robert Altman’s comedy Ready to Wear.

In addition to the Academy Award, she has won a Grammy Award, five special Golden Globes, a BAFTA Award, Laurel Award, the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Honorary Academy Award in 1991. In 1995, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements, one of many such awards.

In 1999, Loren was recognized as one of the top 25 female American Screen Legends in the American Film Institute’s survey – AFI’s 100 Years….100 Stars.

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