Gina Lollobrigida as Sheba: The Love of King Solomon
One of the top actresses to have graced Hollywood is Gina Lollobrigida. She was of Italian origin and had very little knowledge of English when she began her career , but right from the word “go” she was a hit in Hollywood. I recollect her for one significant role where she played the part of the Queen Sheba, who was the love of King Solomon in the movie “Solomon and Sheba” . Her pagan dance was a great sensual feat and even now does not fail to excite the viewers. One canwatch it on YouTube. I dont think I have watched a more sensual dance than executed by gia in this film
Solomon was the king of Israel and this is a tale from the Bible. It is definitely not a myth as many corroborative evidences have been found that a queen named Sheba did exist. She went as an ambassador of peace to King Solomon, but there in a series of bizarre incidents ended in the bed of Solomon and conceived a child from him. Sheba had gone to seduce Solomon and de-fang him but she fell in love with the man and started living with him.
The movie Solomon and Sheba depicts this love story from the Bible. The role of Sheba was played by Gina lollobrigida and Yul Brynner, the bald Hollywood star played the role of king Solomon. Gina did justice to the role which demanded acting ability coupled with sensuality.
Throughout her career Gina acted with aplomb, though I can’t recollect any other historical opus she may have acted in. She howeverwas a heroine of substance in many romantic movies like” come September” and the Stuntman. She had a relatively staid life, as she married only once and divorced in 1971. She has one son. The tabloid h papers however never spared her and when she was 79, news was splashed that she was going to marry a younger man to her by 46 years. All this was of course just a weird tale and now she lives in style in an Indian type villa in Italy.
The movie initially had the British star Tyrone Power as hero, but midway during the shooting he died of an heart attack and the role was offered to Yul Brynner, who was a friend of Tyrone Power. Many scenes were re shot, but the movie was a box office success., though critics were not too impressed. The movie firmly put Gina Lollobrigida in the rivers seat of top Hollywood actresses. In a way she was the rival of Sophia Loren, but Loren won an Oscar which eluded Gina.
Gina is now retired, but still appears in the gossip magazines. She remains one of the everlasting beauties of the western screen. Fr me she is special as whenever I see her movies , I am reminded about her sensuality and that adds to her screen presence. The movie is a classic and freely downloadable from the net.