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Gina Lollobrigida in Toronto

A while back, I looked up newspaper articles for June 8, 1960, as that was the day when I was born. When I looked at the front page for the Toronto Daily Star on that day, I discovered that actress Gina Lollobrigida had just moved to Toronto with her then-husband and their son. (She apparently moved to Toronto for tax reasons and for legal status for her husband.) I find this fascinatingly incongruous: on the one hand, you have an Italian film star; on the other hand, Toronto in 1960. There seems no way that they could possibly match up.

The front page showed a picture of Ms. Lollobrigida being greeted by Toronto mayor Nathan Phillips:

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The mayor appears to be staring at Ms. Lollobrigida’s cleavage in this photo. (By the way, Visitor 1 was Prince Philip, who arrived in Toronto that day from Ottawa.)

The Daily Star polled readers as to whether altogether too much fuss was being made over her arrival, and the general consensus appears to have been yes:

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Her new neighbours didn’t think so as they badgered her for an autograph:

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She and her family apparently moved into a home on Inglewood Drive, near St. Clair and Mt. Pleasant. It went up for sale in 2016; the asking price was a mere $16,800,000.

I couldn’t find out when Ms. Lollobrigida left Toronto, but she and her husband divorced in 1971, so it was probably before then.

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