During the 1950s, she starred in films as a sexually emancipated persona and was one of the best-known sex symbols of the time.
Later on in her career, Sophia received the Academy Honorary Award stating that she had been “one of the genuine treasures of world cinema who, in a career rich with memorable performances, has added permanent lustre to our art form”.
In 1995, she was also awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.
After five years off, in 2009, the Italian actress went on to star alongside Kate Hudson, Daniel Day-Lewis and Penélope Cruz, in Rob Marshall’s film version of Nine.
Talking Pictures is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.