National icons usually celebrate milestones in their home countries, but classic Italian diva Sopfia Loren chose to mark the beginning of her ninth decade in Mexico, opening an exhibit at the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City with Hollywood colleagues and most especially tycoon Carlos Slim. La Loren gave an occasionally teary tribute to those celebrating with her and although not at home celebrated her good fortune in being able to work her entire life “under one roof”. Slim reciprocated, and he and La Loren jointly cut the opening ribbon. Meanwhile, Roman fans were left to console themselves with a photographic retrospective of Sofia’s career which may have given many the opportunity to consider whether contemporary Italy has aged as gracefully as her leading diva. You can read accounts of the birthday gathering (and of Rome’s photo homage) here and here.
Take a look at how emotional La Loren was over the proceedings on this video:
Hasta la próxima!