who wouldn’t aspire to the glamour of Sophia Loren, 7 months after her first baby was born. that eye make-up! the red outfit! the tie! the string of pearls (also a handy toy for baby). these photos were taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in 1969 for LIFE magazine. the setting is Loren and Carlo Ponti’s 16th century Italian villa, which you can see more of here.
When Sophia Loren finally gave birth to Carlo Ponti Jr in Geneva last December (1968), after highly publicised years of trying and three miscarriages, Carlo Sr. gave the city a million-and-a-half dollar hotel-clinic in gratitude. Now, at seven months, Sophia’s baby is making his commercial movie debut, playing Sophia’s baby in Sunflower, a Carlo Ponti production. “I hope he won’t grow up to be an actor,” his mother says, “Or a producer,” adds his father. But his training has already begun, with monthly home movie appearances. And, his doting mother reports, although he’ll be on screen for only a minute, he works diligently on his role. “All he has to do in his part is cry.” The question: Has he got what it takes?