“Italy’s Marilyn Monroe,” as she had been billed, was in New York in 1954 when Marilyn was in town shooting on location for The Seven Year Itch (1955). The two met at the Trans Lux Theater on Lexington Avenue and Fifty-second Street hours before the filming of the infamous billowing skirt scene. They also met at a party thrown in honor of “La Lollo” by press agent Rupert Allan.
Lollobrigida’s film career spanned many international productions. Among her best-known English-language works are Bread, Love and Dreams (1953) and Beat the Devil (1954). In the eighties she was a regular on TV soap Falcon Crest.