Gina Lollobrigida’s set conflict with Frank Sinatra – ‘He was actually sensitive’ | Films | Entertainment | EUROtoday

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Gina Lollobrigida, as soon as referred to as “the most beautiful woman in the world”, co-starred reverse a few of the Golden Age of Hollywood’s largest main males.

From Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis in Trapeze, to Humphrey Bogart in Beat the Devil and Yul Brynner in Solomon and Sheba, the Italian intercourse image claimed she might inform immediately that the closeted Rock Hudson was homosexual since he didn’t immediately fall in love along with her.

However, the star didn’t get together with all of them, with tantrums reported on the set of her final main movie King, Queen, Knave with David Niven.

Then there was Frank Sinatra, who she didn’t mince her phrases over in any respect.

Back in 1959, Lollobrigida co-starred reverse Sinatra in Never So Few, a movie based mostly on a real-life World War II story of an precise OSS Detachment 101 incident based mostly in Burma. The film, which featured future Star Trek legend George Takei in an uncredited position, was initially going to incorporate the main man’s fellow Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr as Corporal Bill Ringo.

However, when the latter criticised Sinatra in a radio interview, the crooner had him dropped from the half and rising star Steve McQueen was forged as a substitute. This was one thing the star would repeat when Peter Lawford did not organise for his brother-in-law President John F Kennedy to come back to remain at Sinatra’s home. As punishment, his roles in Robin and the 7 Hoods went to Bing Crosby and he by no means spoke to Lawford once more. Lollobrigida herself shared earlier than she died how tough Sinatra was on the set of Never So Few.

Speaking with Variety in 2018, Lollobrigida mentioned: “Sinatra would start working at noon, because he liked to have fun at night; he would drink quite a lot. One day he showed up at 1 pm and, since I like to joke around, I said to him, ‘Frank, next time you’re late call me, so I can go back to bed too.’

“He got really touchy about that! Sinatra was so touchy! I have to tell you. Zero sense of humour.”