Sophia Loren and her cherished husband, Carlo Ponti, defied medical expectations by welcoming two children, despite earlier advice that she couldn’t conceive. Their marriage endured for four decades until his passing.
In a candid September 2019 interview, Loren openly discussed her romance with Ponti. When questioned about the key to the enduring nature of their relationship, she asserted that there was none.
“We both experienced love at first sight. Our initial meeting took place at a beauty contest in Rome when I was 16, and he served as a judge,” explained the Italian actress. Loren revealed that the Italian film producer noticed her sitting with friends and sent a note inviting her to participate in the competition.
She agreed and secured the second position in the contest. Loren disclosed that her connection with Ponti initially developed in a “friendly” manner, and their romantic involvement didn’t commence until she turned 19. “We truly cared for each other,” she confessed.
In an interview from October 2017, when questioned about whether she frequently developed romantic feelings on set, Loren shared, “Perhaps minor infatuations, but falling in love is an entirely different matter. Perhaps in life, one only falls in love once.”
Regarding the realization of her extraordinary life, Loren expressed her belief that rewards are earned through discipline, dedication, sacrifices, and persistence. The Hollywood star exemplified this with a personal story, stating, “An Italian doctor informed me that I could not have children. I consistently disagreed, and eventually, he was proven wrong. I consistently held a different opinion.”
Loren and Ponti tied the knot in April 1966 and expanded their family two years later. Their firstborn, Carlo Ponti Jr., arrived in December 1968, followed by their youngest son, Edoardo Ponti, born in January 1973.
The couple celebrated 41 years of marriage until Ponti’s passing in January 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland. Loren chose not to remarry and remains a widow to this day.
In her eighties, Loren has opted for a life away from the public eye, residing in Geneva, her preferred location and the birthplace of her children. Alongside her children, she embraces the role of a grandmother to four, whom she describes as the “most beautiful grandchildren” she has ever seen in her life.
Loren’s eldest son, Carlo Jr., has two children with his longtime wife, Andrea Meszaros Ponti, whom he married in 2004. Her second child, Edoardo, is also a parent to Lucia and Leonardo, born to his spouse, “NCIS” alum Sasha Alexander, whom he wed in 2007.
When inquired about her present lifestyle, the Oscar winner revealed that she endeavors to contribute something positive daily, not only for herself but also for those in her vicinity. She simplifies this by savoring the positive updates her children share about their lives.
In 2019, Loren expressed delight in the beauty of her grandchildren, even though they reside far away in California. When asked about the lessons she wishes to impart to them and her children regarding her life, the iconic actress disclosed, “That they are what makes my life worthwhile.” Her utmost value lies in cherishing family.
As a proud and affectionate mother of two, Loren emphasized that her sons are talented, respectful towards their parents, and uphold good principles. According to her, they have matured well.
Loren has openly discussed the process of growing old, emphasizing her belief that finding happiness is the key to gracefully embracing aging. She remarked, “Life is life. You should enjoy your time here, and aging is part of that time. So, enjoy it, too.”