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Although we have all assumed what Sophia Loren’s side-eye meant in the infamous 1957 photo of her and Jayne Mansfield, one of the most celebrated Italian actresses of all time has finally decided to tell the truth behind the picture.
At the time, Loren had just become worldwide famous and was enjoying her newly acquired fame. Heck, she was even the most photographer person at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival and she wasn’t going to let anyone steal her spotlight.
The Beverly Hills party, where the photo was taken, was thrown in her honor and everything was just perfect – until Jayne Mansfield showed up. And Loren recently admitted that, yes, she was jealous and she was staring at her nipples ‘because I’m afraid they are about to come onto my plate.’
Here’s what she said:
”Paramount had organized a party for me. All of cinema was there, it was incredible. And then comes in Jayne Mansfield, the last one to come. For me, that was when it got amazing. . . . She came right for my table. She knew everyone was watching. She sat down. And now, she was barely . . . Listen. Look at the picture. Where are my eyes?”
Despite having a good time with Mansfield at the party, Loren said that her dress was the only thing she could think about the entire night. Speaking of those other pictures, where the two actresses smile and talk to each other, Loren said, “No, no. Well, there may be other photos, but this is the picture. This is the one that shows how it was. This is the only picture.”
Even though that particular photograph marked an entire era, Loren said that she had never wanted to autograph it – out of respect for Mansfield, who is no longer among the living.
Sophia Loren & Jayne Mansfield, :)) pic.twitter.com/biHgYAkxkU
— Old Pics Archive (@oldpicsarchive) March 23, 2015