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Gina Lollobrigida, Italian cinema icon, dies at 95

Lollobrigida was a star of Hollywood's Golden Age.

Gina Lollobrigida, the Italian actress who gained international fame during the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, died in Rome on Monday aged 95.

Born in Subiaco near Rome in 1927, Lollobrigida was known for her roles in films including The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956), starring alongside Anthony Quinn, and Solomon and Sheba (1959) in which she starred with Yul Brynner.

Italy's culture minister Gennaro Sangiuliano wrote on Twitter: "Farewell to a diva of the silver screen, protagonist of more than half a century of Italian cinema history. Her charm will remain eternal."

Lollobrigida's film career had slowed down by the 1970s when she relaunched herself as a photojournalist, famously interviewing Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 1973.

She lived in a villa on Via Appia Antica in Rome and recently made headlines after running, unsuccessfully, as a candidate in Italy's general election last October.
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