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Sophia Loren

Italian News - July 6

As a 16-year-old starlet, she stripped to the waist to play a slave girl in an otherwise forgotten comedy. Now, 55 years later and considered an icon in her native Italy, Sophia Loren is causing a new sensation with rumours she is to pose nude for the 2007 Pirelli calendar.

Pirelli, publishers of the world's most famous glamour calendar, have released a picture in which Loren, 71, wearing black lingerie, is covered by a sheet. A spokeswoman said: "People are going to have to wait until the publication of the calendar in November to see the final shots."

Several Italian reports said they would include pictures of the actor dressed in nothing but a pair of earrings. But her agent dismissed the idea. Carlo Giusti was quoted by the Rome daily Il Messaggero as saying: "La Loren is wearing earrings, but she is anything but naked. She is wearing a magnificent black evening dress by Armani."

Using the regal "we", Loren was quoted as saying the shoot was "something that pleases us and about which we have been thinking for some time".