Italian star to play her actress mother

Sophia Loren will star in a TV biopic chronicling her rise from poverty to international acclaim.

Italo pubcaster RAI will produce.

Loren will play her mother, Romilda Villani, an aspiring actress who in 1932 won a Greta Garbo look-alike contest run by MGM but was not allowed by her family to pursue her Hollywood dream.

The two-part film, which has the working title “La mia casa e piena di specchi” (My House is Full of Mirrors), will cover the period from the Italo icon’s childhood in the slums of Pozzuoli outside Naples up to her 1961 Oscar victory for Vittorio De Sica’s “Two Women,” which made her a global sex symbol.

The part of the young Loren is still being cast.

The Loren telepic, which will top RAI’s 2010 TV drama season, is loosely based on a memoir by Loren’s younger sister Maria Scicolone.

Claudio Saraceni, whose credits include Federico Fellini’s “The Voice of the Moon” and Giuseppe Tornatore’s “A Pure Formality,” exec produces.

Loren previously played both herself and her mother in NBC’s 1980 telepic “Sophia Loren: Her Own Story.”

Loren’s most recent role is in helmer Rob Marshall’s upcoming Fellini-inspired musical adaptation “Nine,” in which she plays the main character’s mother. Pic is due for release in the U.S. through the Weinstein Co. in November.

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