News of the Walk of Fame star came on her 90th birthday on July 4, 2017.

Ms Lollobrigida, better known to Italians as “La Lollo”, long vied with fellow Italian bombshell Sophia Loren and French sex kitten Brigitte Bardot for the title of the world’s sexiest woman.

In 1955, she starred in a film called ‘La Donna Piu Bella del Mondo’ (The World’s Most Beautiful Woman), which became her signature movie.

The daughter of a furniture manufacturer from a mountain village near Rome, she has been in over 60 films including some as recent as the 1990s.

Since retiring from cinema, the revered actor has tried her hand as a photographer, sculptor, photojournalist and fashion and cosmetics executive.

The diva was divorced in 1971 after a 22-year marriage to a Yugoslav doctor, with whom she had a son.