ROME (AP) – Sophia Loren broke into tears at an awards ceremony Saturday as she recalled her climb to fame from the gritty Neapolitan suburb where she grew up.

“Lady History was generous to the girl from Pozzuoli, and I thank her together with all of you,” Loren said, her voice breaking with sobs, at the award ceremony in Rome’s City Hall.

The city honored Loren with the Campidoglio (City Hall) prize, describing her as “not only an icon of cinema, but a very synonym of Italy, of that Italy made up of elegance, passion, genius, humanity and beauty.”

Loren, 73, wore a low-cut, tailored outfit to the ceremony in the Italian capital, which is hosting an international film festival.

The actress also cried two years ago when she received honorary citizenship from Pozzuoli, a seaside town outside Naples where as a youth she would watch Hollywood movies in the town’s single theater.

AP-ES-10-20-07 2048EDT

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