The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on July 29, 1956 · 155
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StJjx - .1 t i 1 -4 M Simple Country sl By JOE HVAMS This is the first of a series of six articles by Joe Hyams, Hollywood correspondent of the New York Herald Tribune, who has interviewed Europe's top feminine movie stars to find out the secret of th? charm of the European worn am. PARIS. I was disappointed in Gina Lollobrigida. She was too small; her nose too large; her figure too ordinary; legs too heavy. Only her eyes were beautiful. So this is Gina Lollobrigida, I said to myself. Nothing. Then Gina, who had been sitting in a chair, stood up it would be more accurate to say grew up and walked t3ward me, her eyes smiling. I got the message. Item bv item Gina is no great shakes. Put he imperfect items together and you have that photogenic mystery called Gina. Going down stairs en route to her dressing room Gina tripped and sat down hard. I rushed forward to help her, expecting to hear some fluent Italian. Instead I found Gina laughing wildly. - . . On her feet again she dusted herself off. "It's a good thing Gina's talent is here," she said pointing to her head, "instead of here," and she continued dusting, "or it would have broken in pieces." I found that in addition to having a ready sense of humor, Gina always speaks and thinks of herself in the third person because there are two Gina Lollobrigidas: the actress and the woman. For example, before the interview, a photographer on Gina's current picture, "Notre Dame da Paris," told me she must approve all still pictures taken of her during the film. He said he was amazed at the cool detachment with which she examined pictures. "I know what is best for Gina," she said and when she came to a picture which displeased her she would mark it with a huge X and say, "This is not Gina." The approved pictures were not always the most flattering, but they had elements which Gina believed contributed to the image she is trying to build in the public mind. "I am of the people," she told me. "I am more near them than say, Garbo, because I am a simple country girl." Gina has maintained the illusion of being a simple girl unaffected by success even though she is now one of the wealthiest and most -popular stars in Europe. Her income, even by American standards, is high. She was paid $160,-000 for her first American picture 'Trapeze," of which less than $5000 was paid in taxes. Her fantastic rise to film success is due largely to two things: a small amount of talent coupled with proper equipment 36, 19, 35 and a large amount of publicity. Gina is not a beauty by American standards, but she. has the inner drive for success usually associated with Americans. When it comes toher career nothing is left to chance or to any one else except her husband, Miklo Skofic, who is aiso her partner in Gina, Inc. "I am the expert on Lollobrigida," Gina told me. "I am tired of seeing my face every morning but I know it far better than any one else. For that reason I make up my own eyes and lips and hair before I go to the studio. "I design my own clothes and costumes in films because who knows Gina's figure better." While making a picture she. is her own severest critic. Burt Lancaster, producer-star of "Trapeze," said that even though many scenss of the film were okayed by the director, Carol Reed, Gina insisted on having them shot again from a different angle. "She's a perfectionist," he said. Even Gina's quotes are well thought out. Before an interview she likes to be briefed on the type of story the newsman is seeking. Sophia" Loren, her chief competition in Italian films, is dependent on some one else to speak for her. Gina dismissed the press agent.- who was also to. act as our interpreter and said, "Gina's English is not so good but she needs no one to speak for her." I asked Gina if she believed she was glamorous. She asked me to define the word. "You know what I think glamour is?" she said. "Glamour is wi.en a man knows a woman is a woman. It has nothing to do with the outside, it is something inside. "To be natural is the important thing. To do the things we feel are natural and to appear as we are is the only thing that is right "I am not beautiful for everybody but only for some. Perhaps if I became different I would appeal to the others but never to all. Sometimes I am bored with myself. I think how nice it would be to be as beautiful as some, one else but then I realize Gina can only be Gina, nothing more, and she must make the most of it." Gina is reported to have a huge wardrobe of more than 250 outfits, which she designed herself. Despite this she has repeatedly said in interviews that she prefers simple clothes and, if given a chance, would wear slacks and inexpensive dresses. I asked if she dressed to please herself or men. "I dress for men," she said. "Is there any one else? A woman must be beautiful for men or there is no reason to be beautiful. "Clothes are not important for all women but for an actress they are necessary. I have many clothes but they are all simple. It is Gina and not the dress you should remember." "What is the most important thing in your life?" I asked Gina. "The most important thing is a good picture," she said without hesitation. "The career is something serious. Gina must always be better. "Everytime I say to my husband, Miklo, I want a baby, a good picture comes along. I am tempted, so I say I will do the picture and later we will have the baby. Gina's babies are beautiful pictures." 1956, N. Y. Herald Tribune lac. In next Sunday's article Hyams studies Sophia Loren, an Italian film star whose physical endowments are thorouglily impressive. rj 1 V! Gina always speaks and thinks of herself in the third person. s ! - n't-. I mm ix I For her first American picture "Trapeze" (with Burt Lancaster, above, Gina was paid $160,000. Answers to Quiz on Page S 1. Students, alternating 10-week periods in classroom study with equivalent periods working in business and industry, earned $4,000,000, about $1,000,000 more than the previous year. 2. Trained to attack anyone who flees, Sheba slipped from her collar at the Pittsburgh, N. Y., Air Force Base while her handler was on furlough, but he was quickly recalled and found the dog before she caused any trouble . that officials had feared. 3. An official British war his tory book said that Churchill told President Roosevelt that such a move would be a major strategic and political error. 4. American League, 13; National League, .10. 5. Capt Edward L. Connelly, 58, of Newton, a veteran of 24 years with the force. 6. . 135 miles per hour and better. 7. Station KRUX promised to buy soft drinks for everybody in' Arizona if no holiday traffic fatalities were recorded. There were none. 8. They're going by motor scooter. 9. Elimination of 18 center-, trip crossovers. 10. Establishment of a new faculty post of Lowell Television Lecturer. Two professors will be appointed each year for the next three years, and will be seen on Channel 2. BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE. JULY 29. 1956 Page 25

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