Sophia Loren meets Elvis

elvis2Sophia Loren meets Elvis, 70 x 80 cm, Eitempera auf Leinwand
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Sophia Loren and Elvis met each other once – in February of 1958 – at Paramount Studios while Elvis was filming King Creole. Sophia flipped over Elvis! Sophia Loren met Elvis Presley at the Paramount Studios cafeteria while he is filming ‚King Creole‘, in February 1958. Still photographer Bob Willoughby happened to be there and took these memorable shots of Sophia and the King. According to Bob Willoughby, Loren spotted 23-yr-old Presley eating lunch in the Paramount commissary and decided to go over & introduce herself. Which is to say, she promptly sat in his lap, gave him a kiss, & began mussing his carefully sculpted pompadour. He didn’t mind.

‚I bet you wish they would stop screaming‘ said the beautiful Italian actress.
‚Never‘ answered Elvis. ‚And I’ll tell you why; they cover up my mistakes. Lots of times when I start reaching for a high note I know I’m not going to make it so I just make some crazy movement and the kids scream and no one knows the difference‘. He also makes the movements when the music moves him. ‚You know‘ he mused, ‚the hardest thing in the World is to be yourself. Everytime I’m myself I get criticised for it‘. At this Sophia comforted him: ‚Elvis I think you are a very nice boy‘ ‚Thanks a lot!‘ answered Elvis. ‚You know thats the worst thing you can say about me‘.