RIP Gina Lollobrigida

Humphrey Bogart once said she ‘made Marilyn Monroe look like Shirley Temple.’

No cause of death has been released, but she was 95.

A great Bogey quote. Have to agree.

RIP Gina.

Pic from wiki

Damn. Another one of the old-fashioned, sexy, beauties (and household names) of the 50s-60s. :slightly_frowning_face:

Her name came up in an episode of Wings, the sitcom about the small airfield on Nantucket. Antonio (Italian cabdriver played by Tony Shaloub) thinks his late uncle had an affair with Gina Lollobrigida. It turns out the uncle dallied with a Gin-o, not Gin-a.

I was too young to appreciate her beauty and acting in her heyday for her movies, as they were a bit over my understanding at the time. But one of my first impressions of her was on the Jetsons. There she was shown as the beauty queen Gina Lolojupiter in the Miss Solar System pageant.

To me at the time that was the height of fame, to be parodied on the Jetsons! It was only later that I came to find what a timeless beauty and impressive person she was.

RIP Gina.

A fact that the linked BBC article left out, but I read in another obituary, is that besides being an actor and later photographer, she was also a professional sculptor. She had studied sculpting and painting before she made her film career. A very impressive woman.

I just wrote a long piece of fiction set in 1963 wherein one character says about another, “She’s a good-looking woman–no Gina Lollobrigida or anything, but I wouldn’t kick her out of bed for eating crackers.” I liked the idea that she was still living almost 60 years after that scene was set, and readers might still recognize her name as a paragon of beauty.

I thought of Lollobrickida from The Flintstones episode where they hired a maid.

Weren’t the Jetsons basically the Flintstones set in the space age? Did both shows share writers? Maybe they just recycled the Lollobrigida pun for the other show.

They starred together in “Beat The Devil,” along with Peter Lorre and Robert Morley. A hilarious, often-overlooked film.

Kinda-sorta; The Flintstones was originally inspired by The Honeymooners, and a fair amount of its focus was on the Fred/Barney friendship (paralleling Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton), while The Jetsons was more focused on George and his family (and there wasn’t a recurring “buddy” character for George).

That said, both shows had the same creators/producers/directors (William Hanna and Joseph Barbera), both shows were originally run in prime time, and The Jetsons was created two years after The Flintstones, building on that show’s success in the ratings.

I think she had the sexiest name in the history of Hollywood, which fits.

Her name shows up on Modern Family as the person who …

I can’t think of her without remembering a Gina I once knew. :frowning:


Woah! She was still alive?

So long to another childhood crush.