Glenn: at one point, in the early 60s. Gina was one of the most highly paid stars in the world. Her earnings were so big that she was scouting for places to establish residence outside of Italy for income tax purposes. In fact, she visited a house my grandfather was building outside of Toronto in 1964, flying there by helicopter. Her visit was the talk of the town that week.
I must, though, disagree with the claim that Welles didn't bring out her sexiness: I think she's very sexy in the interview, and the subtle view of her bosom emphasized her sex symbol stature, not to mention her natural beauty. After all, the first few minutes of the show are all about breasts and bums in those fabulous posters. I only wished the whole show had been about Lollabrigida, and Welles had not included the De Sica and Brazzi in order to focus on Gina. It was a bit of false advertising to call the show "Portrait of Gina", if in fact that is its name.
I can also never understand why Gina hates this show, and has forbid its being shown for decades, other than the show's premise that Italy doesn't appreciate its stars.
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