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News From Sweden

Sweden is on the case. More coverage of the Sophia Loren adoption story can be seen here.

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In case you hadn't seen it, People Magazine did a brief one page story this week, focusing on her son directing the film, but is catering to the Loren line and not mentioning any of the possible contraversy.

It's definitely starting to pick up momentum though. I'd be surprised if it doesn't get some high profile play by this time next week!

Thanks for your comments.

If you have a scanner, and if it's not too much trouble, I'd like to take a look at it. I tried to find it on the Web version of People, but no luck.

As for the Loren line, a London journalist who is working on the story informs me:

"We've got Loren's management to say: 'I would not dignify these claims by asking her about it' but then claiming that if we won't give the daughter's name and birthdate they don't take us seriously. We've replied by saying the birthdate was January 14,1964 - as it says on your website. Is that correct?"

Quite an interesting response.

People's website sucks. If you don't have a subscription, you can't access anything from it, and frequently, the stuff you want isn't there anyway.

I would have just emailed you the article, but for some reason, it's not available for that, so I'll just type it up here since it's short (I doubt there's anything here that you haven't heard).

It features a then and now shot of the mother and son: The caption from the 1981 photo: "The children are always the bosses," says Loren.

The caption from the 2003 photo: "My mother's freshness comes from the fact that she things she is no one,' says Ponti.

Mamma Mia! Sophia Loren's director son Edoardo Ponti calls the shots as she acts her age -69- in her 100th film

It's shocking how Sophia Loren has let herself go - her hair a stringy gray mess, her shoulders slumped forward, her wardrobe a mishmash of loose-fitting knit. Call it a mother's obligation. Loren plays an aging grocery clerk with a talent for art in her 100th film, Between Strangers, airing Oct. 5 on WE: Women's Entertainment and directed by her son Edoardo Ponti in his full-length directorial debut.

"I had to remind her sometimes 'Mom, don't stand straight - slouch,'" says Ponti, 30, who also wrote the scrit. "We had to fight against the glamor of Sophia Loren."

Off screen, of course, the Italian bombshell is ever perfectly coiffed and made-up. Still, Loren, 69, claims to be a regular mamma:

"My focus in life was always toward my children" - Edoardo and Carlo Jr., 34, an orchestra conductor, her sons with her husband, director Carlo Ponti, 89, with whom Loren has shared her life for more than 45 years. She's so enamored of her boys that she claims not to recall any of their youthful misbehavior.

"I went to boarding school from 13 to 18," Edoardo says slyly, "so she wouldn't know."

"But I was there every Sunday," Loren quickly points out.

"She was the only parent who would call every night," reports Edoardo, rolling his eyes. "Always during dinner."

Not that a nosy mom stopped Ponti from moving back in with the folks at their homes in L.A. and Geneva. "Like a good Italian son," he says, "I will move out when I get married."

Many thanks for taking the trouble to type out that article. May the gods smile upon you for going above and beyond the call of duty.

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