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Loren poses for Pirelli calendar
Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren is the oldest woman to appear in the calendar
Italian actress Sophia Loren, 71, has become the oldest woman to pose for the celebrated Pirelli calendar.

The Oscar-winning star is one of five actresses to appear on the calendar's 33rd edition, due out in November.

Naomi Watts, Penelope Cruz, Hilary Swank and France's Lou Doillon will also appear, according to reports.

Loren said she "had a lot of fun, like a young girl" posing for the calendar. Pirelli has denied reports she has been photographed nude.

A picture from the photo shoot published in Milan's Corriere della Sera newspaper shows the actress in lingerie under a bed sheet.

The calendar is being shot by Dutch photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Winoodh Matadin.

Loren was born in 1934 and grew up in the slums of Naples.

She started working as a model at the age of 14, and was ushered into acting by future husband Carlo Ponti.

In 1962, she won a best actress Oscar for her role as Cesira, a woman who flees Rome with her daughter during World War II, in the Italian-language film Two Women.

She was also given an honorary Oscar for her body of work in 1991, calling her "one of the genuine treasures of world cinema".

Her films include Marriage Italian Style, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, and A Special Day.

The Pirelli calendar, which often features nude models, was first published in 1964 and is distributed to a select group of 30,000 people each year.

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