Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of actress, photojournalist, and politician Gina Lollobrigida with a programming tribute on Tuesday, May 2.
Lollobrigida, who died Jan. 16 at the age of 95, started her film career in her native Italy and in France before achieving mainstream success in the United States, where she was revered as one of the most beautiful women in the world — a role she played literally in “La Donna Più Bella del Mondo” (1955).
She went on to become a photojournalist and landed an exclusive interview with Cuba’s Fidel Castro in the 1970s. She attended the TCM Classic Film Festival in 2016 to introduce her film “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell” (1963), which is airing on TCM as part of the tribute.
TCM Remembers Gina Lollobrigida – Tuesday, May 2
8:00 PM – “Come September” (1961) – A womanizing tycoon ends up chaperoning a group of American girls who have rented his Italian villa.
10:00 PM – “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell” (1963) – During a military reunion, three veterans discover they’ve been sending support payments for the same child.
12:00 AM – “Fanfan la Tulipe” (1952) – A lazy young man from Paris escapes from a forced marriage to the daughter of a farmer for a career in the French Army.
2:00 AM – “Woman of Straw” (1964) – A rich old man’s nurse and his nephew plot his murder.
4:15 AM – “Never So Few” (1959) – A U.S. military troop takes command of a band of Burmese guerillas during World War II.
6:30 AM – “Hotel Paradiso“ (1966) – Chaos results when a mild-mannered man tries to have an affair with his neighbor’s wife.
(All times Eastern)