Originally published on August 25, 2003
Sophia + Marcello = Maria?
Italian beauty Sophia Loren, the illegitimate child of actress Romilda Villani and Riccardo Scicolone, may have had a bundle of secrecy herself.
Or so claims John Palcewski, an American short-story writer. Palcewski told an Italian journalist that his girlfriend, Maria, who lives on the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, is the daughter of the screen legend.
"[Her father] admitted [to Maria] that he was not her biological father and that her mother was a famous Italian movie star who had conceived her while making the film 'Ieri, oggi e domani' ['Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow']," Palcewski told the Italian press, citing a Loren film that won an Oscar in 1965 for Best Foreign Language Film.
"Her co-star and lover was Marcello Mastroianni." [Mastroianni's only child, actress Chiara, was born to Catherine Deneuve.]
Sources in Loren's camp bristle at the accusation.
"She has no daughter," an irate woman at Loren's Switzerland digs told us over the phone. She would not give her name but explained she was employed to "clean the house" and "close the windows."
"People are crazy," the professional window-closer went on. "There are a lot of sick people who say they are her husband or child. Once a black lady claimed she was the daughter of Sophia Loren!"
Loren, the indisputable mother of two boys, writer/director Edoardo Ponti and conductor Carlo Ponti Jr., was unavailable for comment. Her U.S.representatives said she is in Europe and unreachable.