Hollywood icon Gina Lollobrigida senate candidate in Italy

The 95-year-old actor-turned-photojournalist ran for the European Parliament in 1999

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Hollywood legend Gina Lollobrigida will run for the Senate in Italian elections next month.

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The 95-year-old actress and model has run for the leadership of the new eurosceptic Italia sovrana e popolare (ISP) party in the town of Latina, near Rome, for the sovereign and popular Italy alliance, which opposes to the Prime Minister’s government Mario Draghi, reports the Italian daily La Repubblica.

The alliance called on Italy to leave the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union.

The ‘Hotel Paradiso’ star – who became an international sex symbol in Hollywood’s golden age of cinema in the 1950s and ’60s – runs alongside lawyer Antonio Ingroia, who in 2009 became Deputy Chief Anti-Mafia Prosecutor of Palermo, Sicily.

According to The Times newspaper, Ingroia – who announced he would run to become Italy’s prime minister as head of the Civil Revolution coalition in 2019 – said: “Gina will be a great ambassador for Italy.

The photojournalist and former Miss Italy – who got a major scoop when she secured a one-on-one interview with the late Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro in the 1970s – previously stood for the European Parliament in 1999, for the Democratici party.

And Lollobrigida’s latest run comes just weeks after she celebrated her 95th birthday on July 4.

The election will take place on September 25.

Lollobrigida – the daughter of a furniture maker – took up photojournalism in the 70s after a dazzling film career, which saw her starring alongside the late Sir Sean Connery and Humphrey Bogart.

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