Carlo Ponti (1912 - 2007)

Carlo Fortunato Pietro Ponti
1912 - 2007
updated August 18, 2020
Carlo Ponti was born on December 11, 1912 in Magenta, Milan, Italy. He died on January 9, 2007 in Geneva, GE Switzerland at 94 years old.

FAMOUS FILM PRODUCER.
Filmography
Piccolo mondo antico (1940)
Giacomo the Idealist (1943)
A Yank in Rome (1946)
The White Primrose (1947)
Hey Boy (1948)
Alarm Bells (1949)
The White Line (1950)
Her Favourite Husband (1950)
Figaro Here, Figaro There (1950)
A Dog's Life (1950)
Toto the Third Man (1951)
Il padrone del vapore (1951)
Europa '51 (1952)
The Piano Tuner Has Arrived (1952)
Toto in Color (1952)
Easy Years (1953)
Le infedeli (1953)
Carosello napoletano (1954)
La strada (1954)
The Doctor of the Mad (1954)
Mambo (1954)
Un americano a Roma (1954)
L'oro di Napoli (1954)
Attila (1954)
The Miller's Beautiful Wife (1955)
War and Peace (1956)
Il ferroviere (1956)
Guendalina (1957)
The Black Orchid (1958)
That Kind of Woman (1959)
Heller in Pink Tights (1960)
A Breath of Scandal (1960)
Two Women (1960)
Lola (1961)
A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
Léon Morin, prêtre (1961)
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)
Boccaccio '70 (1962)
Le Doulos (1962)
L'isola di Arturo (1962)
Redhead (1962)
The Empty Canvas (1963)
Landru (1963)
Les Carabiniers (1963)
Contempt (1963)
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
Marriage Italian Style (1964)
Break Up (1965)
Operation Crossbow (1965)
The 10th Victim (1965)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Closely Watched Trains (1965, uncredited)
Blowup (1966)
The Firemen's Ball (1967, uncredited)
Smashing Time (1967, uncredited)
La Ragazza e il Generale (1967)
Ghosts – Italian Style (1968)
Diamonds for Breakfast (1968)
Zabriskie Point (1970)
The Priest's Wife (1971)
What? (1972)
Torso (1973)
Dirty Weekend (1973)
Mr. Hercules Against Karate (1973)
Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
The Voyage (1974)
The Passenger (1974)
Sex Pot (1975)
L'infermiera (1975)
Brutti, sporchi e cattivi (1976)
The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
A Special Day (1977)
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Carlo Ponti
Most commonly known name
Male
Gender
Carlo
First name
Fortunato Pietro
Middle name
Ponti
Last name(s)
Carlo Fortunato Pietro Ponti
Nickname(s) or aliases
Unknown. Did Carlo move a lot? Where was his last known location?
Last known residence
Carlo Ponti was born on in Magenta, Milan, Lombardy County, Italy 20013
Birth
Carlo Ponti died on in Geneva, Geneva County, GE Switzerland
Death
Carlo Ponti was born on in Magenta, Milan, Lombardy County, Italy 20013
Carlo Ponti died on in Geneva, Geneva County, GE Switzerland
Birth
Death
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Ethnicity & Lineage

Italian. Lombardy Region.

Nationality & Locations Lived

Italian who became a French Citizen so he could marry Sophia Loren.

Religion

Unknown. Was Carlo a religious man?

Education

Lombardy. He was a lawyer.

Professions

Filmography
Piccolo mondo antico (1940)
Giacomo the Idealist (1943)
A Yank in Rome (1946)
The White Primrose (1947)
Hey Boy (1948)
Alarm Bells (1949)
The White Line (1950)
Her Favourite Husband (1950)
Figaro Here, Figaro There (1950)
A Dog's Life (1950)
Toto the Third Man (1951)
Il padrone del vapore (1951)
Europa '51 (1952)
The Piano Tuner Has Arrived (1952)
Toto in Color (1952)
Easy Years (1953)
Le infedeli (1953)
Carosello napoletano (1954)
La strada (1954)
The Doctor of the Mad (1954)
Mambo (1954)
Un americano a Roma (1954)
L'oro di Napoli (1954)
Attila (1954)
The Miller's Beautiful Wife (1955)
War and Peace (1956)
Il ferroviere (1956)
Guendalina (1957)
The Black Orchid (1958)
That Kind of Woman (1959)
Heller in Pink Tights (1960)
A Breath of Scandal (1960)
Two Women (1960)
Lola (1961)
A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
Léon Morin, prêtre (1961)
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)
Boccaccio '70 (1962)
Le Doulos (1962)
L'isola di Arturo (1962)
Redhead (1962)
The Empty Canvas (1963)
Landru (1963)
Les Carabiniers (1963)
Contempt (1963)
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
Marriage Italian Style (1964)
Break Up (1965)
Operation Crossbow (1965)
The 10th Victim (1965)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Closely Watched Trains (1965, uncredited)
Blowup (1966)
The Firemen's Ball (1967, uncredited)
Smashing Time (1967, uncredited)
La Ragazza e il Generale (1967)
Ghosts – Italian Style (1968)
Diamonds for Breakfast (1968)
Zabriskie Point (1970)
The Priest's Wife (1971)
What? (1972)
Torso (1973)
Dirty Weekend (1973)
Mr. Hercules Against Karate (1973)
Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
The Voyage (1974)
The Passenger (1974)
Sex Pot (1975)
L'infermiera (1975)
Brutti, sporchi e cattivi (1976)
The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
A Special Day (1977)

Personal Life & Organizations

Sophia Loren.

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Carlo Ponti
Born Carlo Fortunato Pietro Ponti
11 December 1912
Magenta, Lombardy, Italy
Died 10 January 2007 (aged 94)
Geneva, Switzerland
Spouse(s)
Giuliana Fiastri

(m. 1946; div. 1957)
Sophia Loren

(m. 1957; annulled 1962)

(m. 1966)
Children 4, including Carlo Ponti Jr. and Edoardo Ponti
Awards Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (La Strada, 1956)
Carlo Fortunato Pietro Ponti Sr. (11 December 1912 – 10 January 2007) was an Italian film producer with more than 140 productions to his credit. He was the husband of international film star Sophia Loren.

Career
Ponti was born in Magenta, Lombardy, where his grandfather had been mayor of the city. Ponti studied law at the University of Milan. He joined his father's law firm in Milan and became involved in the film business through negotiating contracts. Ponti attempted to establish a film industry in Milan in 1940 and produced Mario Soldati's Piccolo Mondo Antico there, starring Alida Valli, in her first notable role. The film dealt with the Italian struggle against the Austrians for the inclusion of northeastern Italy into the Kingdom of Italy during the Risorgimento. The film was successful, because it was easy to see "the Austrians as Germans" during World War II. As a result, he was briefly jailed for undermining relations with Nazi Germany.

Ponti accepted an offer from Riccardo Gualino's Lux Film in Rome in 1941, where he produced a series of commercially successful films featuring the comedian Totò. In 1954 he had his greatest artistic success with the production of Federico Fellini's La strada. However, Fellini denied Ponti's role in its success and said that "La Strada was made in spite of Ponti and De Laurentiis".[4] Ponti produced Boccaccio '70 in 1962, Marriage Italian Style in 1964, and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow in 1965. He produced his most popular and financially successful film, Doctor Zhivago, in 1965; the movie was directed by David Lean. He subsequently produced three notable films with Michelangelo Antonioni, Blowup in 1966, Zabriskie Point in 1970 and The Passenger in 1974.

Personal life
Marriages
In 1946, he married Giuliana Fiastri with whom he had a daughter, Guendalina, in 1951, and a son, Alex,[6] in 1953.[7] While serving as a judge in a beauty contest in 1951, Ponti met a minor actress named Sofia Lazzaro (real name Sofia Villani Scicolone). He subsequently cast her in films such as Anna (1951). In 1952, his friend Goffredo Lombardo, head of production at Titanus, changed Lazzaro's name to Sophia Loren.

Five years later, Ponti obtained a Mexican divorce from his first wife and married Sophia Loren by proxy. Divorce was still forbidden in Italy, and he was informed that were he to return there, he would be charged with bigamy, and Loren would be charged with "concubinage".

Ponti co-produced several films in Hollywood starring Loren, establishing her fame, although most were box-office failures. In 1960, he and Loren returned to Italy and when summoned to court, denied being married. In 1962, they had the marriage annulled, after which Ponti arranged with his first wife, Giuliana, that the three of them move to France (which at that time allowed divorce) and become French citizens. In 1965, Giuliana Ponti divorced her husband, allowing Ponti to marry Loren in 1966 in a civil wedding in Sèvres.
They later became French citizens after their application was approved by then-French President Georges Pompidou.

Ponti and Loren had two children:
Carlo Ponti Jr. (born 29 December 1968)
Edoardo Ponti (born 6 January 1973)
Their daughters-in-law are Sasha Alexander and Andrea Meszaros. They have four grandchildren.

Sophia Loren remained married to Ponti until his death on 10 January 2007 of pulmonary complications.

Kidnapping attempts
Two unsuccessful attempts were made to kidnap Ponti in 1975, including one involving an attack on his car with gunfire.[1]

Death
Ponti died in Geneva, Switzerland, from pulmonary complications on 10 January 2007.[2][18] He was survived by his daughter Guendalina (b. 1951), and his son Alessandro (b. 1953) from his first marriage; and by his second wife, Sophia Loren and their sons Carlo (b. 1968) and Edoardo Ponti (b. 1973).

His body rests in the family tomb in Magenta, Lombardy.

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1912 - 2007 World Events

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In 1912, in the year that Carlo Ponti was born, New Mexico became the 47th state of the Union in January. Previously a province of Mexico, then a territory of the United States and mostly populated by Native Americans and Mexicans, once it became a U.S. territory it was increasingly colonized by European-American settlers. Its population was over 327,000 when it became a state.

In 1930, when he was 18 years old, on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1977, at the age of 65 years old, Carlo was alive when on January 20th, Jimmy Carter became the 39th President of the United States. Running against incumbent Gerald Ford, he won 50.1% of the popular vote to Ford's 48.0%. He was elected to only one term.

In 1989, when he was 77 years old, on November 9th, the Berlin Wall fell. The Wall was built by the East Germans to keep East Berliners from escaping into West Berlin, separating families and friends. When the head of the East German Communist Party announced that day that East Berliners could cross whenever they pleased, happy crowds surged across the border. People brought tools and took parts of the hated wall.

In 1990, when he was 78 years old, after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, the leader of the movement to end South African apartheid was released on February 11th 1990.

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