Happy birthday, Sophia Loren!
Loren appeared on LIFE’s cover seven times through the 1950s and ’60s. “At that time,” she said, “when LIFE magazine came out every week, it was something very important for a career — the best thing that could happen to an actress. It was something unbelievable. Everybody talked about it — a story in LIFE magazine, with a cover.”
To celebrate her birthday, we present rare portraits by LIFE’s Alfred Eisenstaedt that never made it to print. Enjoy.