November 20th, 2019

The Sofia - Maria Connection

Transcripts of International News re The Sophia/Maria Connection

National Enquirer, September 12-19, 2003

An American woman has caused an uproar in Europe—claiming she is the love child of Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

The woman—known only as Maria—is keeping her last name secret, but she told The ENQUIRER that she is not looking for any money from the star and won’t ask her to undergo a DNA test.

“I only wish that she confirms what my adoptive parents revealed to me about a year ago,” says Maria, 39.

The scandalous story is sending shockwaves across Europe and has been disclosed in detail to The ENQUIRER by Maria’s live-in companion, American photographer and author John Palcewski.

While Maria’s evidence is slim at best, her story is intriguing.

Last year, her parents divulged to her that her real parents were the two legendary movie stars, according to Palcewski.

“In 1963 Sophia and her co-star Marcello Mastroianni were filming ‘Yesterday, today and Tomorrow’ in Naples. While shooting that film Sophia realized she was pregnant, according to her authorized biography. She was 28 and married to producer Carlo Ponti.

“According to the biography, she suffered a miscarriage in her fourth month.”

In truth, there was no miscarriage, says Palcewski, who claims the newborn was adopted by a childless American couple.

Sophia Loren was unreachable for comment, but friends of the legendary star scoff at Maria’s claim, maintaining it is utter nonsense. Her agent Leonard Hirshan dismissed the charge with a “no comment.”

Concluded Palcewski: “Maria doesn’t look like anyone in her family, and I don’t see any reason for Maria’s father to make up such a story after keeping it secret for 40 years.”

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