The 76-year-old Loren was the first performer to win an Oscar for a non-English speaking role. She won lead actress for Vittorio De Sica's "Two Women," which was released in the United States in 1961. De Sica also directed her to another Oscar nomination in 1964's "Marriage Italian Style," in which she appeared with frequent costar Marcello Mastroianni. She also received an honorary award in 1990 as "one of the genuine treasures of world cinema."
After becoming an international sensation and sex symbol in the early 1950s in Italy, she came to Hollywood to make her first American film, "The Pride and the Passion" in 1957. She was last seen in Rob Marshall's 2009 musical "Nine."
The gala evening will feature film clips and remarks from friends and colleagues and will conclude with an onstage conversation with Loren. For more information, go to www.oscars.org.
-- Susan King
Photo: Sophia Loren. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times