Love has struck Gina Lollobrigida for the second time. She has announced plans to marry Spanish real estate businessman, Javier Rigau Rafols. La Lollo, as she is better known in her home land of Italy, is 79. Her fiance is 45. They are the latest to join the string of celebrity toyboy couples including Demi Moore (43) who married Ashton Kutcher (28), Madonna (48) married to Guy Ritchie and Kim Cattral of Sex and the City (49) with partner Alan Wyse (26).
The couple says that they met in Monte Carlo in 1984. La Lollo says that she has always had a thing for younger men because they are generous and have no complexes. It began as passion and blossomed into love. They have been dating for 22 years and he has given her a 36 carat emerald engagement ring. They have set the wedding for late this year in New York.
This is the actress’ second marriage. She divorced her first husband, Dr. Miko Skofic, in 1971. She had a son, Milko, from that relationship.
She was Luigina but preferred the nickname Gina since it was sexier. She is the second of four daughters. She began her acting career in the 1940s. She starred in The World’s Most Beautiful Woman (1955), Solomon and Sheba, Trapeze, Never So Few and Come September. The latter earned her a Golden Globe. She also appeared in the US television drama Falcon Crest in the 1980s which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress. She has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Frank Sinatra, Sean Connery and Humphrey Boggart.
[tags] actress, Gina Lollobrigida, The World’s Most Beautiful Woman, toyboy, marriage, dating, wedding [/tags]
Originally posted on October 20, 2006 @ 12:09 pm