Sophia Loren: Hollywood legend, 86, sets record straight on Cary Grant proposal rumours

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Sophia Loren starred alongside Cary Grant in The Pride and the Passion in 1957, and the pair had instant chemistry. The 86-year-old actress and the late actor – who was 30 years her senior – later appeared in the film Houseboat the following year.

Cary was twice Sophia’s age when the actor met the 23-year-old Italian-born beauty.

The couple embarked on a short-lived romance during the making of the movie.

Sophia has now addressed the rumours that the former couple had been engaged, which she declared as “impossible”.

“He didn’t propose to me,” the Hollywood actress insisted.

“We were working together on my first American picture, The Pride and the Passion, along with Frank Sinatra.”

Sophia continued: “Cary Grant was a very handsome man and a wonderful actor, but he didn’t propose.

“I mean, how can you propose while you’re doing a picture? It’s impossible.”

Cary was married to actress and writer Betsy Drake during the time the late actor was filming Pride and Passion.

A year later, Sophia appeared alongside Cary for their film Houseboat but by that time their romance had ended.

The stunning Hollywood icon had gone on to marry her husband and Italian producer Carlo Ponti.

The Oscar winning actress explained she had “fallen in love” with Carlo but admitted she and Cary had a “nice relationship”.

Sophia continued to this week’s Radio Times: “We had a very nice relationship, but I was 23 years old and Cary was much older than me.


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“When you are 23, your ideas about love are not clear. You don’t know what you’re doing.”

She added: “It was my first American film and many things in my life were happening, but I had met a man in Italy, Carlo Ponti, who I fell in love with.”

Carlo discovered Sophia as a teenager, and helped launch her film career.

The couple tied the knot in 1966 and remained married until his death in 2007, when he was aged 94.

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Sophia has since come out of retirement and is returning to the silver screen.

The Grammy winning star will appear in Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice – which has been directed by her son Edoardo Ponti.

Sophia plays a woman alone except for her housekeeper in an Italian villa, speaking to the man she once loved via a shaky phone connection.

You can read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times – out now.

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