They shone on the silver screen from the 1950s and revolutionised the perception of women in cinema, but where are these classic screen sirens now?
After reaching international fame in the 50s and 60s, Sophia Loren started a family and pulled away from the film industry. She made occasional film appearances, such as Grumpier Old Men and Nine. In 1991 Loren received the Academy Honorary Award and was declared “one of world cinema’s treasures”. In 1995, she received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award. This year she turns 82.
Could Catherine Deneuve be one of the hardest working women in the business? We certainly think so! She has worked in the industry solidly for nearly 60 years, starring in 1-2 each year since 1957. Deneuve’s more recent works includes Potiche with Gérard Depardieu and Satrapi’s animated film Persepolis, where she voiced the role of Marjane Satrapi’s mother. As well as still making her mark in films, she continues to do her bit through charity and advocacy work with Amnesty International, UNESCO and The Climate Project.
During her career in show business she starred in 47 films, performed in several musical shows and recorded over 60 songs. After Bardot’s early retirement from film in 1973, she lived as a recluse in St Tropez, instead focusing her time and efforts on her animal welfare foundation. Brigitte still appears in the public spotlight from time to time still causing controversy, just as she has always done. This year she turns 82.