Sophia Loren made her film debut in 1950 at age 16. In the years since, she's starred in countless films and TV movies and become an acting and fashion icon. Loren was the first performer to win an acting Oscar for a foreign-language film with the 1960 Italian movie 'Two Women.' Just last year she was honored by the Screen Actors Guild and Broadcast Film Critics Association with a nominations for Best Acting Ensemble for her work alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz in 'Nine.' Her career has spanned over six decades.

And last night in Hollywood, she was again honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at a special tribute event. Some 800 actors, directors, friends and family attended the celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of her precedent-setting Best Actress Oscar win.

"The Academy Award changed my life completely," Loren said at the tribute. "It helped me to believe in myself and encouraged me to push my own artistic boundaries. There are no words to describe my emotions right now."
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