I don’t like copy/pasting … but this is one of the iconic photos of my youth. Pubescent young boys salivated over them bosoms on two continents. I shamelessly boosted the copy from ABC News
She’s got the look.
Fifty-seven years after Sophia Loren was captured glaring at Jayne Mansfield during a glitzy night out, the Italian actress has finally explained what was actually happening in the iconic snapshot.
“Paramount had organized a party for me. All of cinema was there, it was incredible. And then comes in Jayne Mansfield, the last one to come. For me, that was when it got amazing,” Loren, 80, told Entertainment Weekly from her home in Switzerland.
“[Mansfield] came right for my table. She knew everyone was watching. She sat down. And now, she was barely … Listen. Look at the picture. Where are my eyes? I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate. In my face you can see the fear. I’m so frightened that everything in her dress is going to blow — BOOM! — and spill all over the table.”
While there may be other photographs from that moment, “This is the one that shows how it was,” Loren said.
But despite the image’s popularity, Loren’s side-eye is something she won’t celebrate.
“Many, many times I am given this photo to autograph it. And I never do. I don’t want to have anything to do with that. And also out of respect for Jayne Mansfield because she’s not with us anymore,” she said.