It was the side-eye glance seen around the world. At a party hosted by Paramount in 1957 a photographer captured actress Sophia Loren glaring at Jayne Mansfiend. (We even have a copy of it in the Passport headquarters.) Now, the legendary Italian actress took time to explain what exactly was going through her mind. “All of cinema was there, it was incredible,” she said of the party. The evening was supposed to be a welcoming to Hollywood for the star, but she was soon upstaged by Mansfield. “And then comes in Jayne Mansfield, the last one to come,” Loren told EW. “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?” The actress continues: “I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate,” Loren told the mag. “In my face you can see the fear. I’m so frightened that everything in her dress is going to blow—BOOM!—and spill all over the table.”
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Loren now is living in Switzerland. If you missed out on our culinary issue, click here to check out an article we did on Cooking with Sophia Loren.