The Scandalous Affairs of Old Hollywood

Iconic Italian actress Sophia Loren was born on this day in 1934. The international star was the first actor to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance (Two Women), playing a woman in war-torn Italy who deals with the aftermath of a rape; the role went against the va-va-voom type directors often cast her in. Sophia starred opposite some of Hollywood’s biggest and sexiest leading men, such as Paul Newman and Marlon Brando — but it was her personal life that the tabloids were after. An affair with a co-star, which we detail below, created scandal and sometimes overshadowed her fantastic performances. Of course, there are plenty of juicy affairs where the rich and famous are concerned. Here are just a few from the days of Old Hollywood.


Sophia Loren and Cary Grant

Hollywood’s dashing hunk first starred with the Italian siren in 1958’s Houseboat. Grant’s wife at the time, actress Betsy Drake, wrote the original script for the film. It cast her alongside her husband in the movie, but after Grant took up with sexy Sophia, Grant commissioned a new script that ditched his wife and cast Sophia in the role. Oh, and Drake didn’t receive any credit for her work on the film. Eventually Sophia left Grant to marry Carlo Ponti.