Today’s female celebrities (and ahem, bloggers) seem to be sharper, wittier, and sassier than ever. It seems as though in Hollywood these days, women are finally finding their voices. However, that would not be possible without one of the original queens of Sass, Hollywood living legend Sophia Loren.
I first fell in love with this feisty femme upon seeing the above picture of her giving Jayne Mansfield what might have been the first ever documented side eye, and at that moment I knew that this woman was all of my goals.
Plus the fact that we’re basically twinning. I’ve almost perfected her killer side eye, and with all the idiots I run into on a daily basis, I get more and more practice eye rolling every day.
So when I was invited in to see “A Night With Sophia Loren” at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, it took everything I had not to wet my pants with excitement (spoiler alert: I didn’t). Hosted in The Pavillon, the casino’s spectacular entertainment venue, the evening was hosted by former top Entertainment Tonight Reporter Bill Harris, in an interview style presentation that was peppered with clips of some of Ms. Loren’s greatest scenes. This was followed by an audience Q&A.
Sophia looked, of course, just absolutely stunning at a hard-to-believe 83 years old, and commanded the stage with her presence just as much as ever. I reveled in her stories and tidbits, and here are a few of my favorites as well as some of her sassy quotes of the night (and some inspirational ones too):
- “I don’t bother to speak about age because every single one of you looked it up before you came here.”
- Bill: “You were 16…”
Sophia [cuts him off: “I was 16 yesterday. Yesterday and every day.”
- “I thought I missed my moment and was never going to be what I wanted to be…. but that’s what happens when you want something really, really badly.”
- “I am sick if I don’t get what I want.”
- “If the thoughts are there day and night, you succeed.”
On looks (this one meant a lot to me as I personally have struggled with self-image, and since I see us having similar features, it was refreshing to hear:
- “I didn’t look nice when I was little – very skinny, big eyes.”
- [Casting directors/producers would say to her] “Your nose is too long, your mouth is too big, and I don’t know what to do with you.”
- Time Magazine wrote “Her face was too short, her mouth was too big her nose was too long, but put them all together and MAMMA MIA!”
On her co-stars:
- Cary Grant was a nice guy.
- Clark Gable was NOT. He was always disinterested and never made friends.
- Marlon Brando was also a difficult character.
- Charlie Chaplin was not a happy man, but there was one thing he enjoyed: many different ice creams on the set!
What I learned is that not only is Sophia my idol is sassiness, but she is also a revolutionary in her time, as well as a bright spirit that keeps on shining.
If you’ve never been to Seminole Casino, definitely go and enjoy a meal at one of their many restaurants before taking in a show. You can find all their upcoming events (including Colin Jost in July, hell yaaassssss!) here.
***I received a complimentary ticket in exchange for this post, however, you cannot bribe me with freebies, so all opinions are my own.