Why Did Sasha Alexander Create Her Own Holiday?

While holiday time is traditionally all about family, Sasha Alexander wanted to create a special day just for her friends.

“At the end of every year I always feel very reflective, and so I always do a gratitude dinner or a gratitude lunch to thank [my girlfriends] for being there for me, and for being amazing women,” the actress, 41, told PEOPLE of her unique holiday tradition.

Celebrate Sophia Loren's 80th Birthday with Her Greatest Quotes

Sophia Loren’s beauty and talent is exceeded only by her wit and wisdom – and after an 80-year journey from rags to riches, the Italian screen legend has seen it all.

Born on Sept. 20, 1934, to an unwed mother from a poor family in pre-war Italy, her early life was a far cry from the movie diva she was destined to become.

Celebrate Sophia Loren's 80th Birthday With Her Gorgonzola Pasta Recipe

Maybe the the secret is in the sauce?

Eternal beauty — and well-known foodie — Sophia Loren celebrates her 80th birthday on Sept. 20th, and let’s face it: She’s still a bombshell.

So, how does she do it?

Sophia Loren Cleared of Tax Evasion Charges 39 Years Later

At long last, Sophia Loren can say, “Arrivederci!” to a legal dispute with Italian tax authorities that began 39 years ago.

Italy’s Supreme Court has finally cleared Loren of tax evasion charges that began with her 1974 tax return and landed her in a low-security women’s prison for 17 days in 1982.

Loren called the ruling “a miracle of justice,” and told Italian reporters, “[When] it seems there is no longer any hope, it is still possible justice will be done.”

Sophia Loren Returning to the Screen – Still Gorgeous at 78

Gerard Butler, Sophia Loren, Mel Gibson to Present at Golden Globes

With less than two weeks until showtime, producers of the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards have announced three more presenters: Gerard Butler, Mel Gibson and Sophia Loren.

They join previously announced presenters Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Colin Farrell, Matthew Fox, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Mickey Rourke and Sam Worthington.

Sophia Loren poses with family for Hello! Magazine

Actress Sophia Loren, 72, poses with son Carlo Ponti, Jr., 38, his wife Andrea Meszaros, and grandson Vittorio, 4 months, as well as son Edoardo Ponti, 34, his wife, actress Sasha Alexander, 34, and granddaughter Lucia, 15 months next week.

Robert De Niro Adores Sophia Loren

A star-studded crowd that included Doris Roberts, Tony Bennett and Michael Badalucco of ABC’s “The Practice,” cheered along as Sophia Loren and Robert De Niro were inducted into the Italian American Hall of Fame at the annual National Italian American Foundation gala in Washington, D.C., Saturday night, PEOPLE reports.

The best photo op of the evening came when De Niro walked over to the beauteous Loren, embraced her and kissed her Italian-style on both cheeks. He then posed for the cameras with her, shooing an Italian political leader out of the way in the process.

PASSAGES: Bush to Honor Liz Taylor

NAMED: Actors Elizabeth Taylor, 71, and James Earl Jones, 62, Broadway star Chita Rivera, 69, and musicians Paul McCartney, 60, and James Levine, 59, will receive the 25th annual honors of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from the President and First Lady Laura Bush at the White House on Dec. 8, before attending a gala performance and supper dance at the Kennedy Center, reports The Washington Post. Secretary of State Colin Powell will present the honors at a dinner fthe night before… .


Hundreds of fans waited Tuesday at a Toronto bookstore to meet legendary movie actress Sophia Loren, reports the Canadian press. Loren was in town promoting her new cookbook, “Sophia Loren’s Recipes and Memories.” Loren, 64, spent more than an hour dazzling adoring fans of all ages, some of whom had waited more than two hours just for a glimpse, a few words, and an autograph. Loren cooks at least one meal for cast and crew on movie sets. “That’s usually about 70 people,” she said. “I often made spaghetti Bolognese or pasta with matriciana sauce.”