With love from Sophia Loren... Socialite Virginia Macari's son Thor strikes a pose with world famous actress
Published 19/08/2015 | 17:50
Irish model and businesswoman Virginia Macari says she is “still shaking” after screen legend Sophia Loren took a shine to her son Thor.
Sophia (80) is pictured here cuddling adorable Thor at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.
“She’s the most beautiful woman in the world and at her age she still looks amazing,” raves Virginia.
“She was so sweet and I’m still shaking after meeting her.”
She explains: “We were waiting in the lounge at Rome airport for our flight from Rome to Malaga when Sophia Loren was walking through with her entourage.
“She actually stopped and started playing with Thor, who was sitting on the floor totally in the way of people passing.
Virginia adds that four-year-old Thor seemed oblivious to the Oscar winning star.
“She then sat down and talked to him and sat him on her lap,” she adds. “She asked him lots of questions and kissed him so many times.
“She gave him so many compliments I literally had a few tears in my eyes. I grew up watching her films. She is my style icon and idol.
“I've always looked up to her and to have this rare opportunity to meet her makes me feel very lucky. We were stunned with her grace and beauty. I've never seen a more beautiful woman in my life.”
Irish Italian beauty Virginia, her Norwegian businessman fiancé Kaste Dahl and their son Thor have made Marbella in Spain their home, from where Virginia successfully runs a new swimwear and bikini company.
Kaste and Virginia have been together since 2009. They met in August that year at Oslo Fashion Week.
The couple got engaged on a boat in New York's Central Park on May 28, 2012 and quickly became one of the Ireland's golden couples, basing themselves in Dublin.
But there were shockwaves when Kaste was arrested in Spain last March and pleaded guilty to loan fraud charges in Norway earlier last year.
He was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail after being convicted of 17 counts of loan fraud to the amount of €4.15m in connection with a holiday cabin property located in southern Norway.
They have put back their wedding plans until the legal case is settled.
Corn born Virginia admitted the situation they found themselves in was “hellish”.
"Like when you wake up from a nightmare, you're so relieved,” she recalls. “But I woke up into a nightmare.
"I felt like I was grieving. I still didn't know what was going on. I thought I was never going to see him again. That was the lowest point of my life.”
For his part Kaste still insists he will not be going to jail.
"My lawyers are still working to resolve this,” he stresses. “What has been written has been wildly exaggerated. It is unlikely that I will have to serve any time
Sophia Loren began her career at 14-years-old after entering a beauty pageant in 1949.
She appeared in several bit parts and minor roles until the late 1950s when Loren’s five-picture contract with Paramount launched her international career. Notable film appearances around this time include Houseboat, That Kind of Woman, and It Started in Naples.
But her talents as an actress were not recognized until her performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women. Her performance earned her the Academy award for Best Actress in 1962 and made her the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance.
Aside from the Academy Award, she has won a Grammy Award, five special Golden Globes, a BAFTA Award, a Laurel Award, and the Honorary Academy Award in 1991.
Loren famously had an affair with Cary Grant but the love of her life was Carol Ponti.
She first met him in 1950, when she was 15 and he was 37 and they married on 17 September 1957.
However, Ponti was still officially married to his first wife Giuliana under Italian law, because Italy did not recognize divorce at that time.
The couple had their marriage annulled in 1962 to escape bigamy charges.
In 1965, Ponti obtained a divorce from Giuliana in France, allowing him to marry Loren on 9 April 1966.
The couple became French citizens after their application was approved by then French President Georges Pompidou
They had two children. Loren remained married to Carlo Ponti until his death in January 2007 of pulmonary complications.