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Photos: Rare portraits of Sophia Loren

Published 3:07 PM ET, Thu September 20, 2012
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On Sophia Loren's 78th birthday, LIFE.com presents a series of warm, informal portraits of the film legend by her friend, Alfred Eisenstaedt, made at the height of her international fame in the early '60s. Here, a previously unpublished picture of Sophia Loren in Italy in 1961. Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Sophia Loren, Italy, 1961. Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Sophia Loren, Italy, 1961. Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Sophia Loren, 1962. Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Sophia Loren on her bed in her Italian villa, 1964. Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images