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Sophia Loren enjoyed an evening paying tribute to her career at the AFI Fest

Sophia Loren enjoyed an evening paying tribute to her career at the AFI Fest

Sophia Loren enjoyed an evening paying tribute to her career at the AFI Fest

Sophia Loren has joked that there is no secret to her beauty as she attended an evening celebrating her film career in Los Angeles.

The 80-year-old Italian actress looked stunning as she walked the red carpet at the AFI Fest, ahead of an evening paying tribute to her 64-year career on screen.

Asked the secret to her incredible beauty, Sophia replied: "There is no secret - I was born beautiful," before adding with a laugh: "I'm joking!"

The evening began with a screening of 1964 film Marriage Italian Style, in which she played the mistress of a wealthy businessman, co-starring Marcello Mastroianni and directed by Vittorio De Sica, both of whom she worked with many times.

Sophia said of the film: "It was a long time ago, but it was a really wonderful moment of our lives, my life and Marcello's life and De Sica. It was a film done with all our hearts.

"And still nowadays when they show it, it's a film you can see today like it was done yesterday."

Asked if she thought the film industry had changed since she began her career, Sophia replied: " There's always a camera, there's always a story, sometimes beautiful, sometimes not so beautiful."

PA Media