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The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Hosts An Intimate Evening with Oscar-Winning Actress, Sophia Loren

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Continuing with its excellent fall series of guests and performers, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido will be hosting the talented Sophia Loren for an intimate onstage conversation and Q&A. On November 24, don’t miss your chance to experience an enthralling discussion from one of the greatest actresses of all time. 

Sophia Lauren’s career spans over five decades, earning a variety of respected accolades and awards, including the first Academy Award for a foreign-language role with Two Women (1960). Born in Rome in the 1930s, Sophia knew early on she was destined to be a star, getting her first taste of glamour with her win in a beauty contest at the age of fourteen. 

In the 1950s, Sophia met producer and future husband Carlo Ponti, who played a pivotal part in propelling her career into the movie industry. After starring in a series of Italian productions, Sophia came to Hollywood and signed with Paramount for her first English-speaking role. 

Until 1999, Sophia was the only actor to win an Oscar for a foreign-language film. In 1980, Sophia was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, solidifying a storied career in the film industry. Now, at the age of 84, Sophia remains one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. 

A free pre-show movie screening of Houseboat, starring Sophia Loren and Cary Grant, will be playing at The Center at 1:30 pm. The main event featuring an on-stage conversation and Q&A will begin at 4:00 pm followed by a post-show backstage reception. 

The post-show reception menu includes Tomato and Mozzarella on a Pesto Crostini with a Balsamic Drizzle, Charcuterie Platter with Baguettes, Baked Artichoke, Tomato and Basil Pasta with an Alfredo Sauce of Mozzarella, Ricotta and Parmesan, Roasted Vegetable Platter, and Cannoli & Tiramisu Desserts. 

Tickets for an Evening with Sophia Lauren are $65-$205, and post-show reception tickets are $35. They can be purchased at artcenter.org or at the Center ticket office 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, Ca 92025, or by calling 800.988.4253. The ticket office is open Tue. – Sat. 12–6 PM, and Sun. 12–5 PM.

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