1927 – She was born on the 4th day of July this year in Subiaco, Italy. She is one of four daughters of a furniture manufacturer (her sisters are Giuliana, Maria, and Fernanda). She spent her youth in a picturesque mountain village. In her youth, Gina did some modeling, and from there she went to take part successfully in several beauty contests.
1947 - At around this time, she began appearing in Italian language films. In this year, Gina entered the Miss Italy pageant and came in 3rd place. It is rumoured that after seeing her in a film, eccentric millionaire mogul Howard Hughes had her flown to Hollywood in this year though if this happened, it did not result in her staying in America.
1949 - She married a Slovenian physician, Mirko Skofic. They had one son, Mirko Skofic Jr, and were divorced in 1971.
1953 - She stayed in Italy and in her appearance in Italian films brought her to the attention of Hollywood and she made her first American film, Beat the Devil, in this year.
1956 - She made another notable appearance in Trapeze with Burt Lancaster in this year and starred in The Hunchback of Notre Dame the same year.
1959 - She co-starred in Frank Sinatra's Never So Few (she is rumoured to have had an affair with Sinatra).
1961 – She made one of her most popular films, “Come September” with Rock Hudson.
1965 – She co-starred with him again in 1965's Strange Bedfellows and appeared alongside Alec Guinness in 1966's Hotel Paradiso.
1966 - Gina had an affair with comedian Jerry Lewis.
1968 – She starred in the enjoyable Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell with Shelley Winters, Phil Silvers, and Telly Savalas.
1970 - By this year, her film career had wound down and she appeared in only a few, poorly received productions in the early part of the decade.
1973 – A collection of her work was published, Italia Mia.
1984 - Still focusing on other interests, including sculpting, it was 1984 before she returned to American television screens with a part in Falcon Crest.
1990 - She made a few minor film appearances in the 1990's.
1999 – She ran unsuccessfully for one of Italy's 87 seats in the elections for European Parliament. She was also a corporate executive for fashion and cosmetics companies.
1997 - Now virtually retired from acting, she has not made a film since this year, she told Parade magazine in April 2000: "I studied painting and sculpting at school and became an actress by mistake.
1998 – She had £10,000 worth of jewels stolen from a bag in November 1998. This happened at a hotel reception in Munich, Germany while she was waiting for a taxi to the airport.
2006 – In October of this year at age 79, she announced to Spain's ¡Hola! Magazine her engagement to a 45-year-old Spanish businessperson, Javier Rigau y Rafols, whom she met at a party in Monte Carlo in 1984. The engagement was put to an end on the 6th day of December 2006 due to media pressure around the event.
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