French postcard by Editions du Globe (E.D.U.G.), Paris, no. 360. Photo: Sam Lévin. Today is the birthday of gorgeous Italian actress and photojournalist Gina Lollobrigida (1927). ‘La Lollo’ was the first European sex symbol of the post war years and she paved the way into Hollywood for her younger colleagues Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale. Happy birthday, ms. Lollobrigida! We salute you.