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Screen siren Sophia Loren coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall

No, this isn't an April Fool's joke. Just one of those once in a lifetime opportunities one never imagined, happening on April 1, 2016.

Academy Award winner Sophia Loren, 80, one of the most celebrated beauties of the 20th century, is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall for a candid conversation about her long, storied career.

Loren could fill the evening discussing her leading men alone, a list including such luminaries as Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon and Paul Newman. Or perhaps her historic Oscar best actress Oscar for Two Women, becoming the first winner in a foreign language role.

Loren also clamed a record six David Di Donatello Awards for best actress, a Grammy and five Golden Globes, as well as an honorary Academy Award for her indelible contributions to world cinema. In 1995, she received the academy's Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievment.

Tickets ($95, $75, $55) for what promises to be an extraordinary event go on sale Saturday, Aug. 22 at 12 noon.

Full disclosure: I'll be conducting the onstage Q&A with Loren and, yes, I'm pinching myself.

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