40 Sizzling Secrets About Sophia Loren That May Shed New Light On The Screen Legend

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With a career spanning more than seven decades, Sophia Loren is one of the most enduring silver-screen actresses still working today. But how much do you really know about the Oscar-winning film legend? Here’s a look at 40 things that might surprise you about the lady dubbed the “Italian Marilyn Monroe.”

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40. She’s great at Scrabble

Yes, one of the world’s all-time most glamorous actresses sometimes likes nothing more than getting out a word-based board game. Loren is actually something of a master when it comes to Scrabble. In fact, while filming The Voyage the star won a game against co-star Richard Burton. In her memoir, she wrote wryly, “Despite his immense knowledge and huge vocabulary, he succumbed to my supremacy.”

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39. She had an unflattering childhood nickname

Loren may have been nicknamed the Italian Marilyn Monroe during her rise to fame in the 1960s. But the silver-screen icon was given a much less flattering moniker in her childhood. Indeed, “Toothpick” was the title given to the inherently shy star as a youngster due to her naturally skinny frame.

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