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LIFE.com Sophia Loren: Her Beauty Today


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Sophia Loren in Los Angeles.

Sophia Loren Exclusive: A LIFE Legend Today

Of the many celebrities LIFE magazine featured in the 1950s and ’60s, Sophia Loren was a standout and a photographers’ favorite. She was the subject of seven cover stories and countless more inside spreads, always exuding supreme confidence, beauty, elegance, and a passion for la dolce vita. Those enviable qualities famously caught the eye of LIFE lensman Alfred Eisenstaedt decades ago — and today they captivate LIFE.com editor-at-large Jeff Vespa, who had the honor of photographing the actress, still stunning at 76, during her most recent stay in Los Angeles. In the States to visit her sons and to attend an Academy-hosted tribute to her career — she won the Oscar nearly 50 years ago, for her heart-wrenching turn in Two Women — Loren graciously let LIFE into her world once more. . .

Check out the full gallery on LIFE.com.

LIFE.com David Arquette: His Life Now

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David Arquette in Malibu.

EXCLUSIVE: David Arquette’s Changed Life

For most Hollywood stars — notoriously reluctant to share anything at all about their off-screen lives — promoting a movie at a time of personal difficulty is the nightmare scenario. But then, there is David Arquette. While doing interviews tied toScream 4, the much-anticipated horror sequel opening April 15, the 39-year-old actor has been an open book, gamely answering questions about the details of his separation from Courteney Cox, his wife of 11 years, and what he’s learned from a recent stint in rehab for alcohol. But now, Arquette goes one step further: For three days leading up to the premiere of his new movie, he allowed photographer and LIFE.com editor-at-large Jeff Vespa inside his world — his homes, his work, even his playtime with daughter Coco — to offer the full picture of what his life is like after more than 100 days of sobriety. Here, in photos and in his own words, meet the new David Arquette. Pictured: The actor in Malibu, on the beach outside one of the homes he owns with Cox.

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Christina Applegate’s with her new baby Sadie on the cover of People.

Christina Applegate and baby Sadie

Christina Applegate: Baby Sadie has made my life better.

by Julie Jordan – Photos by Jeff Vespa

Holding newborn daughter Sadie Grace in the hospital on Jan. 27, Christina Applegate was overwhelmed by her feelings of acceptance and love.

“I felt my heart literally open up for the first time and like wrap itself around her. It was profound,” Applegate, 39, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “And I’m more in love with her every minute of the day.”

Back home in the L.A. house she shares with musician fiancé Martyn LeNoble, 41, Applegate has been relishing motherhood. “I want to be the ultimate burper and diaper-changer, I want to be the ultimate at all of it,” she says.

“Sometimes I stand there going, ‘I’m not doing any of this right!’ And then I get this big man belch out of her and I go, ‘Ah, we accomplished this together.’ ”

It’s those little moments that now mean the most to Applegate, who opted for a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.

“I’ve had to talk about that word [cancer] more than I’ve ever had to talk about a word in my life,” she says. “After a while you’re like, ‘There’s got to be something else to me.’ ”

Daughter Sadie has now given Applegate a new word to focus on: Mom.

“Yeah, now I’m Mom. She’s healed me in so many ways,” says the actress. “She’s just made my life so much better. She’s opened my whole soul.”

Check it out on People.com.

Sundance 2011: LIFE Portraits

Ed Helms bundles up in Sundance.

When the winter winds blow cold outside but you’re already part of the way through Hollywood awards season, you know it’s that time of year again — Sundance Film Festival time. This year, the stars of Sundance are once again getting the LIFE treatment, captured through the lens of photographer Jeff Vespa at his on-site studio. Here: Ed Helms bundles up. Check in daily for more pics of stars getting their kicks in Utah. Check out the full gallery by clicking here.

curatormagazine.com – Fast Food through the Lens of Still Life Photographers

McDonald's Angus Third Pounder

Here is an excerpt from an article published on curatormagazine.com about my burger series of photographs.

By Megan Fizell

Published on November 12, 2010

It is within the context established through Schlosser, the nostalgic tones of the 1950′s visual aesthetic in theBurger Series (Figure 4) by Jeff Vespa, can be understood. Vespa visited the fast food joints around Los Angeles in order to recreate the out-dated stock images found on laminated menus in the diners across America. Hamburgers were only purchased from restaurants where the consumer was required to order at the counter, brought back to Vespa’s studio and styled to present all of the ingredients in the sandwich to the viewer. The images were shot with a Polaroid camera, one photograph of each burger, each an original artwork. The idea of originality is in direct contrast to the subject of Vespa’s work. The fast food restaurants from which the hamburgers were sourced standardized every aspect of production — from the diameter of the patty, to the exact amount of ketchup and mustard. This enabled the company to manufacture and assemble — not typical verbs associated with food production– the same product in every restaurant. By using the Polaroid camera, Vespa references the Pop art movement because “the image is instantly recognizable and when you see so many in repetition it reminds you of Warhol.” For the viewer, the vintage medium presents the appetizing hamburger so that it is easy to visually consume and recalls faded childhood photographs, highlighting our latent juvenile desires.

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LIFE.com – Jessica Alba Invites You Over

Jessica Alba on the cover of LIFE

At the end of a secluded cul-de-sac in Los Angeles, inside her lush, light-filled home, one of Hollywood’s sexiest stars spends a Saturday doing the unthinkable: cooking for a bunch of people on her day off. But for Jessica Alba, whom you’ll next see kicking butt in the action-exploitation flick Machete (Sept. 3), this is far from drudgery. It’s a precious opportunity to play hostess, a role close to her heart. Among those lucky enough to score an invitation to the 29-year-old actress’ private dinner party on August 21 was photographer Jeff Vespa, who captured, exclusively for LIFE, a side of the star she was eager to share: Here, check out Alba, radiant and relaxed, as she shows off her kitchen skills, kicks back with an art book in her living room (pictured), and enjoys the view from what she calls her “woman’s room.”

Check out the full article by clicking here: http://www.life.com/image/first/in-gallery/47701

LIFE.com – On the road with Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise on the European tour for "Knight and Day"

Tom Cruise on the European tour for "Knight and Day"

The typical press junket for a movie usually involves a boring L.A. hotel room, an intimidating schedule of back-to-back interviews, and a star weary of being asked the same questions over and over again. But as moviegoers have known for a while now, Tom Cruise is anything but typical. To promote the new action/comedy/romance Knight and Day, Cruise and his costar Cameron Diaz revisited two of the cities in which they filmed — Salzburg, Austria, and Seville, Spain — and helped journalists curious about the movie to experience it in a unique, hands-on way. LIFE photographer Jeff Vespa was there, trailing Cruise and Diaz in the two days leading up to their big red carpet moment, the Knight and Day world premiere. Here: After a full day of racing around on a motorcycle in Seville — more on that in a bit — Cruise settles in beside costar Diaz and his wife Katie Holmes at the June 16 premiere.

Check out the full gallery on LIFE.com – http://www.life.com/image/first/in-gallery/44871/tom-cruises-european-adventure

LIFE.com – Sundance: From the Portrait Studio

Kristen Stewart, Sundance Star

Kristen Stewart, Sundance Star

At the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where she is promoting her upcoming movie The Runaways (about the young Joan Jett and her band), Kristen Stewart is among the stars who dropped by photographer Jeff Vespa’s studio. As the festival continues (it runs through Jan. 31), check daily to see Vespa’s portraits of the stars. Click here to see the gallery on LIFE.com – http://www.life.com/image/first/in-gallery/39032/sundance-from-the-portrait-studio.

LIFE.com: 2010’s Oscar Hopefuls

Up In The Air's Vera Farmiga on the cover of LIFE.

Up In The Air's Vera Farmiga on the cover of LIFE.

Their heroes and villains were all over the map: a tortured Harlem teen, a silver-tongued Nazi, a sexy frequent flier, a danger-junkie soldier on Iraq’s front lines. Now the actors who brought these characters to the big screen all have one thing in common: an Oscar dream. In this exclusive LIFE portrait gallery, photographer Jeff Vespa captures moments with 11 actors enjoying awards-season buzz — including our stunning cover star, Up in the Air’s Vera Farmiga, who’ll be hoping to hear her name called as a Best Supporting Actress nominee come Feb. 2.

Check out the gallery here: http://www.life.com/image/first/in-gallery/38532

LIFE.com Exclusive: ‘Avatar’: Jet-Setting With the Cast

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Avatar costar Zoë Saldana

Before unveiling the 3-D sci-fi epic Avatar to an intensely curious audience at the December 10 world premiere, director James Cameron and actors Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver zipped around Paris, Berlin, Moscow, and London on a dizzying promotional tour. LIFE.com photographer Jeff Vespa was along for the ride, with exclusive access to those special, intimate moments that fans rarely see. In this gallery, get an inside peek at four head-spinning days in the lives of stars on the brink of a blockbuster.  Click here to purchase LIFE’s Avatar special collectors’ edition magazines.

Check out the LIFE.com gallery at: http://www.life.com/image/first/in-gallery/37912/avatar-jet-setting-with-the-cast