Screen Goddess Sophia Loren Reflects on Hollywood Life

Loren's new memoir talks about her journey from poverty in Italy to international film stardom.
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bombshell, ABC's Chris Conley was lucky enough to sit down with Sophia lore ren, beautiful as ever as 80 years old although her new memoir reveals her complicated life was far from picture perfect. Reporter: It was nearly a wardrobe malfunction. Instead this photo became infamous. What do you remember about that Jayne Mansfield photograph? It was bending too much and maybe something would have happened. Fortunately, it didn't. Reporter: Ever since, all eyes have been on see fee Ya lore enwho became an Oscar winning act Tes and who at the age of 73 posed for the racy perelli calendar. All naked. Reporter: She began as an international sex symbol and became an Oscar winning actress. Her new memoir revealing both her triumphs and the struggles as a youth in Italy. For me it was very difficult because -- it was hard. I went through a lot with my family of course, a lot of miseries. Reporter: Her local movie theatre was a safe haven as her own dream took shape. I saw beautiful actresses living in wonderful palaces and wearing wonderful clothes. Is there anyone whose work you especially liked to watch? As actors? Yes. Daniel day lewis. She would act with him in nine and cast members such as Kate Hudson would sing her praises. I was putting on makeup and she looked at me and went, more blush. Reporter: Now 80, a grandmother of four, she's still looking ahead and remains radiant. If you have the luck to look well even at 80 years old, then you can be happy. Reporter: I'm Chris Conley for "Nightline" in Los Angeles.

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