National Body: Gina Lollobrigida and the cult of the star in the 1950s

  title={National Body: Gina Lollobrigida and the cult of the star in the 1950s},
  author={R{\'e}ka Buckley},
  journal={Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television},
  pages={527 - 547}
  • Réka Buckley
  • Published 1 October 2000
  • History
  • Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
On 4 July 1997 Gina Lollobrigida celebrated her 70th birthday. Numerous Italian newspapers dedicated articles to her, relating the facts of her life, her career, her rise to fame and her prominent position at the head of a long line of a new type of female Ž lm star to emerge in Italian cinema after World War II, the so-called maggiorata Ž sica (literally, ‘physically over-developed woman’). La Repubblica was one of several national newspapers to run a story on Lollobrigida, in the article… 
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