Legendary actress and beauty Sophia Loren was honored Wednesday (May 5) with a tribute from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood. John Travolta calls her the most delicious thing to come out of Italy.

The tribute comes 50 years after Loren won the Best Actress Oscar, making her the first person to win an acting Oscar for a foreign-language role. She won for the Italian movie “Two Women” in 1961. She did not attend the 1961 ceremony and told the audience Wednesday she never dreamed the movie would such an honor.

“The Academy Award changed my life completely,” says Loren. “It helped
me to believe in myself and encouraged me to push my own artistic

Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal and her son Edoardo Ponti were also in attendance and Roberto Benigni, who won Best Actor in 1997 for “Life is Beautiful,” serenaded her with “O Sole Mio” over video message.

Her son says of Loren, “We are
here because we love you and you deserve every single thing.”

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