Fans and family are finally paying their respects to Italian cinema icon Gina Lollobrigida

Fans joined family members to pay their last respects to the late Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida at Rome’s City Hall where the film icon’s body lay intact on Wednesday.

The star of Italian cinema in the fifties and sixties passed away on Monday at the age of 95.

Politicians and friends have also paid tribute to the artist, who is also famous as a photographer and designer.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday at Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria in Montesanto, better known as the Artists’ Church.

Lulu, called by the Italians by her nickname, began making films in Italy just after the end of World War II, as the country began promoting on the big screen a stereotypical conception of Mediterranean beauties as plump and brunette.

The actress was once called the most beautiful woman in the world after the title of one of her films.

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