Sophia Loren: Retire? Never!

Updated 20 October 2015

Sophia Loren: Retire? Never!

NEW YORK: Some things about the film business have changed for actresses in the more than five decades since Sophia Loren was first discovered, and some things have stayed exactly the same.
Take pay equity, for instance, and the reality that worthy actresses sometimes make less than their male counterparts.
“It never changed. It’s always the same. It’s always the same like before, but not only in the movies. Even in life sometimes, unfortunately,” Loren said on the red carpet Monday night before the nonprofit Americans for the Arts honored her at its National Arts Awards.
Loren received the Carolyn Clark Powers Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to her by director and choreographer Rob Marshall before a star-studded crowd that included Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga and artists Chuck Close and Jeff Koons.
Herbie Hancock and Gaga were also among the honorees, but it was Loren who stole hearts in a black evening gown, accompanied by son Edoardo Ponti and daughter-in-law Sasha Alexander.
At 81, Loren still works when the mood strikes. The word retirement is not in her vocabulary.
“That’s terrible, the word retire. Never,” she said. “We start always like it was the beginning of a long career.”
With the onslaught of technology and the speed at which the world turns today, Loren said she enjoys embracing the “new” in life.
What is Loren’s best advice for young actresses today?
“To take life seriously,” she said, “to do the right things and not to take life easily, as sometimes the girls, they do because they don’t have experience.”
She added: “They need good mothers, good parents.”


Mountain lovers wed above clouds in Iraq

The made-for-each-other couple. (AFP)
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Mountain lovers wed above clouds in Iraq

  • The wedding guests donned hiking boots, thick jackets and sunglasses, happy to escape the sweltering heat in the plains below where summer temperatures have topped 50 degrees celsius

HALGURD MOUNTAIN: Avid mountaineers Salar and Soma met while trekking in Iraqi Kurdistan, so it was only natural they would get married amid its majestic peaks, some 2,000 meters above sea level.
After a ceremony above the clouds, they spent their wedding night in a tent then embarked on a honeymoon ascent of Mount Halgurd, Iraq’s second-highest mountain at 3,607 meters.
Salar Chomany, 34, has traversed the remote region’s dramatic ridges and valleys for 12 years and turned his passion into his profession, working as a guide for energy companies exploring the region near the Iranian border. Soma Muhammed, 28, a student of Educational Sciences in the mountain town of Koysinjaq, is also an avid trekker.
The wedding guests donned hiking boots, thick jackets and sunglasses, happy to escape the sweltering heat in the plains below where summer temperatures have topped 50 degrees celsius.
At the joyous ceremony, guests braved the thin and chilly air to dance in circles around the bride and groom in a traditional Kurdish “dabkeh” dance.
The newlyweds finally fell asleep in their tent after a feast of fresh fruit and cheese from the village below.
The next morning they strapped on their backpacks and headed up toward the snow-covered summit, for the first time enjoying their shared passion for the mountains as husband and wife.