Uncommonly early 3.5 x 5.5-inch deckle-edge double-weight glossy black and white postcard portrait, boldly signed in black fountain pen in the early 1950s. VERY tough to acquire in vintage format! In good condition. Known as "La Lollo," Gina Lollobrigida was the first sex symbol to emerge from post-World War Two Europe at a time when Italians were tossing over Neorealism in favor of unadulterated Hollywood glamour. The gorgeous artist's model, who was typically cast as smoldering seductresses, was memorable in Fanfan theTulip (1952) Beauties of the Night (1952), Beat the Devil (1953) with Humphrey Bogart, Carol Reed's Trapeze (1956), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956), Solomon and Sheba (1959), Come September (1961), and Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968) before Sophia Loren swept into town and stole her thunder. Since 1999, Lollobrigida has been active in Italian politics.