Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: November 2014
Duration: 10 hours 29 minutes
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is Sophia Loren's definitive autobiography, told with emotional honesty and revealing stories that she has never shared before, creating a multi-dimensional portrait of a woman who is an icon of cinema. Loren vividly recounts her difficult childhood in Naples during World War II, remembers her parents and their tempestuous relationship, and reveals the pain of growing up in her grandparents' house with her single, unmarried mother and younger sister. Loren remembers the near starvation they endured during the war and the pain of being neglected by her father. She tells how she got her start by winning a beauty pageant ("La regina del mare") and how her ambition drove her success in cinema. She reveals the influence of the producer Carlo Ponti, who cast her in her early roles and later became her husband; she takes us behind the scenes of the movies, her early stardom and move to Hollywood, and her high-profile romance with and engagement to Cary Grant. She recalls the difficulties that the Italian government and the Church made for her and Ponti, including bringing bigamy charges against him. She also tells intimate stories of her famed costars: Brando, Newman, Burton, Peck, Heston, and many more... Loren also reveals her long desire to become a mother and the disappointments she suffered on that path, the ultimate joy she felt at having her two sons, and scenes from her life as a mother and grandmother.
Each chapter begins with a letter, a document, or object that prompts her reminiscences. In her own words, these memoirs originated as "Unpublished memories, curious anecdotes, tiny secrets told, all of which spring from a box found by chance, a precious treasure trove filled with emotions, experiences, adventures.