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Film star Sophia Loren wins 39-year tax legal feud

Sophia Loren
Image caption Loren shot to fame internationally alongside Cary Grant in the 1958 film Houseboat

An Italian supreme court ruling has put an end to a 39-year legal dispute between Oscar-winning film star Sophia Loren and Italian tax authorities.

The argument centred around Loren's earnings in 1974. She claimed tax was owed on 60% of her income, but the state said it should be 70%.

The Court of Cassation ruled in her favour, saying the actress's earnings were covered by a 1982 tax amnesty.

"A saga that has lasted nearly 40 years is finally over," said Loren.

"I always look to the future and I leave bad experiences like this one behind me," she was quoted as saying by the La Stampa daily newspaper.

Her lawyer, Giovanni Desideri, said: "The supreme court has wrapped up a Kafkaesque case."

Image caption The actress will appear in a film version 1930 play La Voix Humaine

Loren, who was born Sofia Scicolone and started her film career in 1950, famously spent 17 days in prison in 1982 in a separate tax dispute - an incident that drew her fans to the jail near Naples.

She said at the time that her tax specialist had erred, meaning her tax return understated her earnings by about 5 million lire (then $7,000).

Entering the prison, she said she was being subjected to "an unjust situation due to a little mistake by a tax specialist".

The actress shot to fame internationally when she acted alongside Cary Grant in the 1958 film Houseboat.

She won an Oscar for her heart-rending performance in 1961 film Two Women about a mother raped while protecting her daughter in war-torn Italy.

In July, she was photographed on the set of a film version of Jean Cocteau's 1930 play La Voix Humaine - The Human Voice - which will be directed by her son Edoardo Ponti.

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