Originally published in The New York Daily News on September 19, 2003
Sophia and son
It's nice to have a mom who can work a crowd. Sophia Loren did an expert star turn for photogs at the Bryant Park Hotel party for "Between Strangers," the WE cable movie in which she's directed by her 30-year-old son, Edoardo Ponti.
Ponti huffed when asked about an Italian reports that Loren has an illegitimate daughter, fathered by Marcello Mastroianni, living in Naples.
"It's completely ridiculous," Ponti told The Daily News's Joe Dziemianowicz. He suspects the tabloid tale stems from his own movie's story about an unhappy housewife who comes to know the daughter she abandoned as a baby.
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To: Editor, New York Daily News
From: John Palcewski
There is entirely more substance to the Sophia Loren illegitimate daughter story than is suggested by Edoardo Ponti’s huffy denial, as described in the Daily News story of September 19.
Very recently I learned from three independent sources here on the island of Ischia that all the old-timers know that Sophia gave up a daughter named Maria for adoption in 1964. They say it’s common knowledge on the island, but nobody speaks openly about it out of respect for Sophia.
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