Court appoints guardian for actress Gina Lollobrigida

The Italian film diva Gina Lollobrigida is fighting for her dignity in an internal family guardianship dispute. “I don’t deserve to be humiliated like that,” said the 94-year-old in an emotional TV interview on Sunday. The former actress (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”) and artist was assigned a guardian by the court on the initiative of her son, without whom she is not allowed to make any financial decisions.

“I didn’t do anything bad,” she said. “At my age I should actually have a little peace. But I don’t have that. I’m tired. I should be left to die in peace.”

The film diva’s career

Alongside Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale, Lollobrigida is one of the three great film icons in Italy. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Roman woman was considered the most beautiful woman in the world. She shot with stars like Anthony Quinn, Humphrey Bogart, Marcello Mastroianni and Rock Hudson, and her world successes include films like “Fanfan, der Hussar” and “Die Schönen der Nacht”. After her film career, she was successful as a photographer and sculptor.

Internal family guardianship dispute

Most recently, however, Lollobrigida hit the headlines primarily because of a legal battle over her state of mind. In October, the Italian Supreme Court upheld a ruling that a guardian should watch over the elderly woman’s assets. Lollobrigida suspects a plot by her son Milco and others to get the inheritance.

“There is only one goal and that is not the well-being of Gina Lollobrigida, but her fortune,” said her new lawyer Antonio Ingroia, a former anti-mafia prosecutor, on the popular TV show “Domenica In” of the public legal rai. His client deserves “more respect from all Italians, but above all from Italian institutions, than in recent years”.

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