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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Mamma Mia! Sophia Loren strips at 761 So reported the popular gossip rag Globe. And so many of us had a delicious treat to seeing Sophia reclining topless on a lounger while vacationing at the villa in Porto Rotondo on the Italian island of Sardinia. And she was accompanied by an unknown gentleman who attentively held her hand to steady her as she stepped into the sea, which has sparked rumors that she may have found romance again. The onlooker adds that the pair held hands tightly and spent a considerable amount of time intently chatting on the sce- nic rocks. And that will intrigue her millions of fans, who are well aware of her utter devo- tion to her late husband, Italian director Carlo Ponti. Sophia and Carlo were married for 50 years and had two children -- Carlo Jr., 42, and Edoardo, 38. She insists that Carlo, who died at age 94 in 2007, was the love of her life. They met in 1950 when he was 37 and she was just 15. They married in 1957, but Italy didn't recognize divorce at the time, and he was considered still married to his first wife, Giuliana. To avoid bigamy charges, Sophia and Carlo had the marriage annulled in 1962. Wait! There's moreT In 1965, Carlo obtained a divorce in France, allowing him to marry Sophia the following year after they became French citizens. In brief, Sophia's voluptuous curves made her one of the' premiere sex symbols of the '50s and '60s. Her buxom beauty turned her into one of the most photographed women in the world and she once said, "Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti." Gina Lollobrigida once stated, "Sophia Loren plays peasants. I play ladies." "Who? I never criticize my elders." Sophia Loren on Gina Lollobrigida. WaitI Gina stated Sophia Loren has a noticeable bosom. "Whose is bigger, I have no idea and could not care less. I became a star without a husband pro- ducing my pictures, and I became a star in respectable picturesl" And this is what Sophia had to say about Gina. "It is a shame that Miss Lollobrigida never won the Acad- emy Award. But she likes to play herself instead of other characters." Hey! You mothers of little girls, be sure to feed your daughters lots of spaghetti! Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald reports a preacher recently announced over the radio that there were 572 different sins mentioned in the Bible. He received many requests for the list from people who thought they might be missing something. Speaking of radio, the first radio station broadcast was on November 2, 1920, KDKA in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To think, it was on October 12, 1942, United States Attorney General Francis Biddle anfiounced that effective October 19, Italian aliens would no longer be classified as alien enemies. "This does not mean that dangerous or disloyal persons are no longer subject to apprehension or internment," the Attorney General said in a Columbus Day ad- dress at Carnegie Hall. "We still take chances." Biddle said his office had investi- gated thoroughly all Italians in the nation in an "unprecedented exercise of wartime vigilance." During WWII when Italian Americans were drafted, they were asked if they were sent to Italy would they remain loyal to their coun- try. Ugh. Yes, there were a few morons who had some doubts about Italian Americans fighting Italian soldiers. A reminder! Tropicana was founded in 1947 by Anthony Rossi as a Florida fruit packag- ing company. In 1954, Rossi pioneered a pas- teurization process for orange juice. For the first time consumers could have not-from- concentrate orange juice in a ready-to-serve package. In 1978, Rossi sold his company to Beatrice Foods. It is now owned by PepsiCo, who bought it in 1998. Today, Tropicana is the world's largest producer of fruit juices. They are sold in 23 countries with sales of over $2 billion a year. A new exhibit called Lucille Ball at 100 & I Love Lucy at 60 has opened at The Hollywood Museum. It celebrates the comic legend's birth date of Aug. 6, 1911 and the 1951 debut of her hit sitcom with her husband Desi Arnaz. The tribute is be- ing held in the very room where Lucy had her hair 0 0 0 and makeup done by Max Factor. On hand for the opening was her daughter Lucie Arnaz. Lucille passed away at age 77 from a ruptured aorta after heart surgery in Los Angeles. Lucille is resting-in-peace at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hollywood Hills. Own a piece of Tony Curtis, the screen legend who passed away last September. Many of his personal items are going on the auction block, such as the blazer he wore ro- mancing Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot. The jacket is expected to fetch upward of $15,000 when it's auctioned off with his art collection and other property from his estate at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills on September 17. His showbiz memorabilia includes a flute given to him by Frank Sinatra. The actor, who with first wife, Psycho beauty Janet Leigh, fathered actress, Jamie Lee Curtis, is famous for his own artwork. Tony always said he was an artist first and an actor second. But Curtis, whose widow is fifth wife Jill, 41, also collected works by famous artists like Picasso, Chagall and Braque. Yes! Tony Curtis was married five times! Bravo! It was found in a poll that Betty White, 89, is the country's most popular and most trusted celebrity. She topped Kate Middleton, Sandra Bullock and Oprah. Scornato! Getting even, after a Quebec man deposited a 20-ton boulder in the driveway of his ex-wife. During their 10-year marriage, explained Dany Lariviere, his ex-wife often complained that he didn't give her "a big rock." As to be expected, American TV viewing has reached an all-time high, with the aver- age person glued to the box for 158 hours and 47 minutes each month, or 5 hours and 13 minutes a day. Lucille Monuteax, Office Manager, East Boston Social Centers, claims daytime tele- vision is the punishment inflicted on people who stay home from work when they're really not sick. John Roch, Business Manager of the Social Centers, says, "The easiest way to find more time to do all the things you want to do is to turn off the television." Some people's idea of roughing it is to spend their vacation in a small town where they get only one channel on TV. And on TV talk shows the Hollywood actresses always seem to mention either their last picture or their next husband. The astute Steven Sebestyen says televi- sion has opened many doors -- mostly on refrigerators. And according to his brilliant and attractive wife Theresa, most of us have seen TV grow from infancy to adultery. Huh? To feed the troops in Afghanistan, the Defense Department expects to spend.,~l.7 billion this year. The fare includes hot dogs, chicken wings, egg mix and, as an occassional treat, T-bone steaks and lobster tails. Gee, they should include pasta e fagioli. Interesting show biz stuff by the handsome and stately musicologist, Albert Natale. Harry James' hit "I've Heard That Song Before," featuring a vocal by Helen Forrest, had sold one million, 250-thousand copies by June, 1942, the biggest seller Columbia Records had at that time. According to Vittorio De Sica, "I never forget the Sophia Loren of the early days, in Italy. But as she grew into more of a lady, she is less of a comedienne. Che peccato." (What a pity). And according to Bela Lugosi, "Mr. Boris Karloff- always so dignified ... In Frankenstein he spoke no lines. That is why when they offered it to me, I said 'No. I am a trained actor. I am trained to speak. If I do not speak lines, it is not acting.'" Then Mr. Karloff accepted to take the part of the monster. And Joan Hackett, says, H'm appalled at the way other actors work on Will Penny, Charlton Heston, every day at five in the afternoon, would say, 'It's cold as hell, let's close this thing down,' and go off and have a brandy." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL !TALI~,NA~E Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED POLLO SPEZZATO ALLA SICILIANA Cut-up Chicken - Sicilian Style Three-pound cut-up chicken 1/4 cup olive oil 1 large onion cut in quarters 5 cloves garlic 3 carrots -- cut into two-inch pieces 2 medium potatoes -- cut in quarters 1 large green pepper -- cut lengthwise into two-inch wedges* 2 tablespoons wine or cider vinegar* 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 flesh tomato chopped (optional) 1 cup green peas (canned or frozen) 1 cup mushrooms (optional) 1 cup water Salt *Two or three slices of prepared vinegar peppers can be used in place of fresh green pepper slices, wine and~or cider vinegar. Heat oil in a saucepan and slightly brown chicken portions in the pan. Add onion and chopped garlic cloves to sauce- pan and simmer for a short time before adding chopped tomato (optional) wild half a cup of water. Cover and continue simmering slowly until broth boils. Add carrots, potatoes, oregano and additional water. Cover and cook slowly for about fifteen minutes. Add prepared vinegar peppers or wine or cider vinegar: Stir and add mushrooms and peas. Stir and cookuntil chicken and vegetables are fork tender (about thirty to forty-five minutes, depending on size of chicken pieces). Salt to taste. This recipe does not require a lot of broth but enough to serve some with the chicken and vegetables. Add additional water if needed. NOTE: This recipe can also be prepared in a baking dish in the oven, or on a grill. Each method of preparation allows for a different flavor. When I prepare this, I remember when my maternal grandmother cooked this dish on our outdoor fireplace in Wilmington. I walked with her around the area, picking up small broken limbs and adding them to the fire. She told me that this made her feel like she was back in Salemi, Italy. During the harvesting days she accompanied her husband to "la mucarta" (a lot of land a distance from their home where they planted and harvested their vegetables for the year). At "la mucarta," she prepared their meals on the outdoor fireplace. News Briefs (Continued from Page I) Merrimack Premium Out- lets Mall is under construc- tion off Exit 10 on the F.E. Everett Turnpike and is expected to create another 1,000 jobs once it is opened in 2012. Said Money Magazine, "(Merrimack with a popula- tion about 28,000) attracts people with shopping along Route 3 and recreation on conservation land around a lake. Despite' the economic turndown, local business in the area is growing." To develop the list, Money Maoazine weighs factors such 0 9 ID ~ts~/~tn~?~t~e o n~l~ffns, edu- cation system, h(/using mar- ket, quality of life, weather, leisure, culture and demo- graphic information. Mitt Romney Must Have Hit Flypaper The apparent front runner for the longest time is no longer. Two new polls have former Governor Mitt Rom- ney dropping into second place among Republican presidential candidates. Lat- est Gallop Poll shows Texas Governor Rick Perry at 29 percent among Republicans with Romney dropping to 17 percent. The Public Policy Poll is now showing Perry at 33 percent to Romney's 20 percent. Pel:ch VITA ORLANDO ~INOPOLi 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON. 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