A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring the legendary Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida will be unveiled Thursday.

Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos and Antonio Verde, Italy’s consul general in Los Angeles, will be among those joining Lollobrigida in speaking in the 11:30 a.m. ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard.

The ceremony coincides with Lollobrigida, 90, receiving the lifetime achievement award from the Filming on Italy festival. The festival’s general director, Tiziana Rocca, is also set to speak at the Walk of Fame ceremony.

The star is the 2,628th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars. The ceremony will be livestreamed on walkoffame.com.

Born Luigina Lollobrigida in Subiaco, Italy on July 4, 1927, she was a model and beauty pageant contestant in her youth. She finished third in the 1947 Miss Italia pageant.

Lollobrigida appeared in a series of European films in the early 1950s. Her first widely seen English language film was “Beat the Devil,” a comedy-adventure starring Humphrey Bogart released in 1953.

Lollobrigida won the first of her three David di Donatello Awards from L’accademia del Cinema Italiano as best actress in 1956 for “Beautiful but Dangerous.” She also won the award in 1963 for “Imperial Venus” and 1969 for “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell.”

Lollobrigida worked with such actors as Errol Flynn (“Crossed Swords”), Bob Hope (“The Private Navy of Sgt. O’Farrell”), Frank Sinatra (“Never So Few”) and Sean Connery (“Woman of Straw”). She made two films with Rock Hudson “Come September” and “Strange Bedfellows.”

Lollobrigida’s other memorable films include “”Trapeze,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Solomon and Sheba” and “Hotel Paradiso.”

—City News Service

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