Vintage 1959 Sophia Loren Beautiful Large Wallace Seawell Fine Art Photograph NR

Vintage 1959 Sophia Loren Beautiful Large Wallace Seawell Fine Art Photograph NR

Vintage 1959 Sophia Loren Beautiful Large Wallace Seawell Fine Art Photograph NR

Vintage 1959 Sophia Loren Beautiful Large Wallace Seawell Fine Art Photograph NR

We are honored to be your one-stop, 5-star source for vintage pin up, pulp magazines, original illustration art, decorative collectibles and ephemera with a wide and always changed assortment of antique and vintage items from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern eras. All items are 100% guaranteed to be original, vintage, and as described. All sell no reserve! A fetching and glamorous pose, with great use of perspective and shadow. Seawell was a technically brilliant photographer who really seemed to labor over these archived proof large format gelatin silver photos we have been offering as the development process is flawless. From the personal collection of the photographer, this exhibition print comes from Seawells days at the studio of Paul Hesse. Photograph has been mounted onto board and most likely hung in Seawells studio as a testament to his skills and talents behind the camera. Measures a complete 17″ x 21″ with an image size of 13 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ on a semi-gloss double weight paper stock. Seawell’s ink stamp to verso. CONDITION: Very fine condition with some corner/edge wear to the exhibition board. The photograph remains in excellent condition with a faint area of scuffing in the top left corner. Please use the included images as a conditional guide. Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Her father, Riccardo Scicolone, was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother, Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and her younger sister Maria Scicolone). Growing up in the slums of Pozzuoli during the second World War without any support from her father, she experienced much sadness in her childhood. Her life took an unexpected turn for the best when, at age 14, she entered into a beauty contest where she placed as one of the finalists. It was there that Sophia caught the attention of film producer Carlo Ponti, some 22 years her senior, whom she eventually married in 1966 once he finally obtained a divorce from his first wife. Perhaps he was the only father figure she ever had. Under his guidance, Sophia was put under contract and appeared as an extra in ten films beginning in 1950, before working her way up to supporting roles. In these early films, she was credited as “Sofia Lazzaro” because people joked her beauty could raise Lazzarus from the dead. By her late teens, Sophia was playing lead roles in many Italian features such as La favorita (1953) and Aida (1953). In 1957, she embarked on a successful acting career in the United States, starring in Boy on a Dolphin (1957), Legend of the Lost (1957), and The Pride and the Passion (1957) that year. She had a short-lived but much-publicized fling with co-star Cary Grant, who was 31 years her senior. She was only 22 while he was 53, and she rejected a marriage proposal from him. They were paired together a second time in the family-friendly romantic comedy Houseboat (1958). While under contract to Paramount Pictures, Sophia starred in Desire Under the Elms (1958), The Key (1958), The Black Orchid (1958), It Started in Naples (1960), Heller in Pink Tights (1960), A Breath of Scandal (1960), and The Millionairess (1960) before returning to Italy to star in Two Women (1960). The film was a period piece about a woman living in war-torn Italy who is raped while trying to protect her young daughter. Originally cast in the role of the daughter, Sophia fought against type and was re-cast as the mother, proving herself as a genuine actress and displaying her lack of vanity. This performance received international acclaim and was honored with an Academy Award for Best Actress. Sophia remained a bona fide international movie star throughout the sixties and seventies, making films on both sides of the Atlantic, and starring opposite such leading men as Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, and Charlton Heston. Her American films included El Cid (1961), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Arabesque (1966), Man of La Mancha (1972), and The Cassandra Crossing (1976). She gained a wider respect with her Italian films, especially Marriage Italian Style (1964) and A Special Day (1977). During these years she received a second Oscar nomination and won five Golden Globe Awards. From the eighties onward, Sophia’s appearances on the big screen came few and far between. She preferred to spend the majority of her time raising sons Carlo Jr. (born 1969) and Eduardo (born 1973). Her only acting credits during the decade were five television films, beginning with Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (1980), a biopic in which she portrayed herself and her mother. She ventured into other areas of business and became the first actress to launch her own fragrance and design of eye wear. In 1991 Sophia received an Honorary Academy Award for her body of work, and was declared one of world cinema’s greatest treasures. Later that year, she experienced a great loss when her mother Romilda died of cancer at age 77. Her return to mainstream films in Ready to Wear (1994) (“Ready to Wear”) was well-received, although the film as a whole was not. She followed this up with her biggest U. Hit in years, the comedy Grumpier Old Men (1995) in which she played a sexy divorcée who seduces Walter Matthau. Over the next decade Sophia had plum roles in a few non-mainstream arthouse films like Soleil (1997), Between Strangers (2002) (directed by Edoardo), and Lives of the Saints (2004). Still beautiful at 72, she posed scantily-clad for the 2007 Pirelli Calendar. Sadly, that same year she mourned the loss of her spouse, Carlo Ponti, who died at age 94. In 2009, after far too much time away from film, she appeared in the musical Nine (2009) opposite Daniel Day-Lewis. These days Sophia divides her time between Switzerland and Los Angeles where she is close to her sons and their families (Eduardo is married to actress Sasha Alexander). With a career that has already spanned six decades and been honored with 50 awards, Sophia Loren remains one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in the international film world. IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous Wallace Seawell (1916 2007) Obituary By: Randy Kennedy Wallace Seawell, a celebrity photographer whose West Hollywood home was for decades one of the countrys most productive glamour factories, turning out thousands of portraits of movie stars, singers, presidents, kings and Gabor sisters (all three), died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Seawells subjects, who sat for him in the pre-paparazzi days, when photographers tried to make stars look their best, included almost everyone who was someone in movies and music from the 1940s through the 1980s: Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Nat King Cole, Janet Leigh, Jayne Mansfield, Audrey Hepburn, Tony Curtis, Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Joan Collins and Diana Ross. Johnson, while in the White House, came to Mr. Seawells house to be photographed, as did the Shah of Iran, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Earlier in his career he was under a personal contract to Howard Hughes at RKO Pictures where he had an office adjoining Hughess. Seawell, who liked to be called just Seawell, made highly stylized portraits for many of the Hollywood celebrity magazines, like Photoplay and Screen Gems. He also took photographs for several studios and celebrity agencies. In interviews, he often sounded as star-struck as the fans for whom his photographs were intended. It was the greatest time to be in Hollywood, he said of his career, in an interview in 2000. You could really get to know the stars then. They threw big parties in their homes, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to most of them. Wallace Lacy Seawell was born Sept. 16, 1916, in Atlanta. When he was 7 his family moved to Sarasota, Fla. Where teachers noticed his artistic talent. His early ambition was to be a painter, but he soon took up a camera and was accepted into a highly competitive photography program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He later was a set designer and fashion photographer in New York. After serving in the Army Signal Corps during World War II, he moved to Los Angeles and took a job one that would last 20 years with Paul A. Hesse, then a leading commercial photographer on the West Coast. Seawell started his own business in his antique-filled home. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Besides studio work, Mr. He once served as the official photographer for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. For many years, Mr. Seawell shared his home with the actress Carol Channing and her husband and manager, Charles Lowe. In the late 1990s, he became enmeshed in their highly public divorce battle when Ms. Both men denied that this was the case. He described his success as a result of enthusiasm, something not especially hard to come by when taking pictures of Sophia Loren. She was divine to work with, he said in an interview. The aura of the person excites you, and youve got to be excited or you wont do a good job. Obituary By: Randy Kennedy c/o The New York Times. The item “Vintage 1959 Sophia Loren Beautiful Large Wallace Seawell Fine Art Photograph NR” is in sale since Friday, May 27, 2016. This item is in the category “Art\Art from Dealers & Resellers\Photographs”. The seller is “grapefruitmoongallery” and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Listed By: Dealer or Reseller
  • Signed?: Unsigned
  • Date of Creation: 1950-Now
  • Photo Type: Gelatin Silver
  • Subject: Celebrities & Musicians
  • Color: Black & White
  • Framing: Unframed
  • Artist: Wallace Seawell
  • Original//Reprint: Original Print
  • Size Type//Largest Dimension: 17″ x 21″

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