Stephen Boyd had the good fortune of starring with some of the most beautiful and famous actresses in the world. He always had very high praise for each one of them individually. But occasionally he was put on the spot by a reporter and asked to pick a favorite. Stephen would always take this with a sense of humor. So how did Stephen’s co-stars fare? Who were his favorites?
1) The Italian Icons – Sophia vs Gina
STEPHEN BOYD AND GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA
Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida were both the premiere movie stars from Italy in the late 1950’s and into the 1960’s. Both were legendary in their beauty and their va-va-voom figures. So which of these lovely Italian superstars was Boyd’s favorite?
Reporter Erskine Johnson asked Boyd this exact question in 1963. – Chunky, rugged, dimple- in- the- chin Steve Boyd had just completed movies with Doris Day and Gina Lollobrigida. Now he was playing love scenes with Sophia Loren. So leave it to me. I came right out and asked him how they compared on his personal popularity chart…With a sudden, slightly startled smile he answered my candid question: “There is no comparison. I wouldn’t die exactly for Sophia, but I’d come close to it.” (‘Boyd Flits Among the Lovelies’)
Later on in life, Stephen still was awed by Loren. In a 1976 Photo Play interview, he had this to say : Sophia would be my favorite if I had one. She is not the most attractive lady in the world at first glance but, my God, two seconds later you felt you were in a dream world. Just for her to say ‘Hello’ was enough. You just capitulated. For me she is the most beautiful person I’ve ever met.
2) The French Icons – Brigitte vs Juliette
Juliette Gréco and Brigitte Bardot in 1957
STEPHEN BOYD AND BRIGITTE BARDOT
JULIETTE GRECO AND STEPHEN BOYD
You couldn’t think of two women who looked more opposite than Brigitte Bardot and Juliette Gréco. Bardot was the sex-kitten; blonde, coy, curvy. Gréco was the dark chanteuse singer with the smoky voice, dark hair, and a slim almost boyish figure. Both were beloved in France – Gréco tipping the scale in popularity among the French themselves.
In September 1961 Boyd was asked his personal opinion.
Cine Tele-Revue: Vous avec travaille avec Brigitte Bardot er Juliette Gréco. Que pensez-vous d’elles? (With working with Brigitte Bardot and Juliette Gréco. What do you think of them?)
BOYD: BB incarne le reve de tout homme: elle est sexy, belle, attirante. Juliette Gréco? Je l’ai un jour surnomme – La Eiffel Tower de la rive gauche- et la Tour Eiffel n’est pas le monument que je prefere. ( BB embodies the dream of every man : sexy, beautiful, attractive. Juliette Gréco? I nicknamed her one day – ‘The Eiffel Tower on the left-bank’ –and the Eiffel Tower is not the monument that I prefer.)