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Sophia Loren honored by AMPAS

May 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
At 76 years old, Sophia Loren is still one of Hollywood's most glamorous stars.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences paid tribute to Loren with an evening in her honor.

Entertaining audiences since the 1950s, Loren has been to plenty of big events. She has walked Oscar's red carpets many times. She even took the best actress prize for 1960s "Two Women" and she has an honorary Oscar as well.

In more recent years, she showed her comedic side in "Grumpier Old Men" and her more iconic side in the musical, "Nine."

For Loren, though, the AMPAS honor is a 10.

"They told me they do it just once a year, so it's very precious to me," she said. "I came all the way from Italy to be able to attend it because things like that, I think they happen once in a lifetime."

Some famous fans didn't want to miss it.

"Her beauty just starts from within," said actress Eva Mendez. "It's just incredible. And, of course, longevity in this business is to be admired."

Loren invited two of her biggest fans to be with her on the special evening.

Loren first met Cookie Kmicinski and Eileen Koslik more than 50 years ago.

"I love her acting," Kmicisnki said. "I think she's just one of the best actresses in the world. She's just so nice and sweet to us."

"The first time I went to Italy, I wrote to her and I told her that I was coming and she said to call her," Koslik said. "She gave me her phone number. It worked out great."