Imperial Gina: The Very Unauthorized Biography of Gina Lollobrigida

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Branden Books, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
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A picture of the life of this unusually beautiful and talented woman.
  

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The only English-language biography of La Lollo

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Page 175 - Fare thee well, for I must leave thee, Do not let this parting grieve thee, And remember that the best of friends must part, must part.
Page 187 - A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly...
Page 263 - Frank Sinatra, GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA, Peter Lawford, Steve McQueen, Richard Johnson, Paul Henreid, Brian Donlevy, Dean Jones, Charles Bronson, Philip Ann, Robert Bray, Kipp Hamilton, John Hoyt, Whit Bissel, Richard Lupino, Aki Aleong.
Page 99 - Sophia has no recollection of her exact answer, "but surely it was nothing like what appeared in the papers the next day. Under a banner headline, 'WHY LOLLO WAS MAD WITH ME,' there ran a verbatim interview in which I was quoted as saying that just because I was bustier than Gina that was no reason for her to be furious with me. Of course, I had said no such thing; I wasn't aware that Gina even knew who I was.
Page 99 - Sophia is a very pretty girl but she cannot threaten me because she is incapable of playing my roles.
Page 74 - A few critics hailed it as a little masterpiece...but they were all European. There was not an American among them. But slowly, despite its early reception, the picture began to attract audiences, particularly in university towns. Now it has a cult following. Beat the Devil has done well over the years. I only wish Bogie could have been around to see this happen.
Page 135 - I can improvise, but in another language I must learn my lines so well that I can forget the words. In this film it was impossible. Every night they rewrote the script so it was impossible to learn by heart and Sinatra too was liable to put in his own words.
Page 261 - Gianni Di Benedetto, Bianca Maria Cerasoli, Ada Colangeli, Vincenzo Milazzo, Riccardo Ferri, Riccardo Garrone, Alfredo De Marco, Aldo Vasco.
Page 124 - The picture became extremely expensive and since it had to be totally refilmed, "Fireman's Fund, the insurer, settled with United Artists for a total of $1,229,172, the largest insurance company loss in the film industry up to that time.
Page 108 - Hakims called their version The Hunchback of Paris (and Notre Dame de Paris in France) until RKO suddenly reversed its original decision, releasing its grip on the title The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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Canales teaches English in Japan.

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