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April 15, 1957:

GOOD MORNING: Mebbe Old Hollywood’s come back to life after all: There was such a huge mob at the 20th-Fox party Friday at Romanoff’s for Sophia Loren, you could have gone on the wagon waiting to get thru to the bar! … Everyone’s still talking about Jayne Mansfield’s valiant effort to win the battle of the bulge with Loren … Mansfield, who at least won the cleavage honors, claims innocence of camera hogging, saying it was 20th who insisted she go to the party … “I told them it was HER party,” said JM, “but they insisted, so I told them, ‘Remember, this isn’t my idea’.” … But it sure was her epidermis, wafting over and around Miss Loren at every opportune moment … In fact, Mansfield made two entrances — to make sure she’d arrive when the largest number of fotogs was present. When asked what Loren had to say, Mansfield answered: “She didn’t have much to say to me — just turned to the right and said something in Italian.” And wouldn’t we love to get a translation! (2007 update: Sophia Loren, ever-glamorous at 72, appears in the Pirelli 2007 calendar. She has two sons, symphony conductor Carlo Ponti Jr. and film director Edoardo Ponti. She was widowed Jan. 9 of this year when husband of 50 years, Carlo Ponti, died … Jayne Mansfield was killed in an auto accident June 29, 1967. Daughter Mariska Hargitay was asleep in the back of the car as were brothers Miklos and Zoltan. Mariska was raised by her father Mickey Hargitay who died Sept.14 at the age of 80 … She married thesp Peter Hermann Aug. 2, 2004 and they welcomed August Miklos Friedrich Hermann on June 28. Mariska soon starts season No. 9 of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as detective Olivia Benson. She is signed through season 10.)

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