Powerful, enduring relationships sometimes develop between photographer and subject, and such was most definitely the case with LIFE’s Alfred Eisenstaedt and the luminous Italian movie star Sophia Loren. Over the course of their decades-long friendship, Eisenstaedt would take countless pictures of the Oscar-winning legend.
“Eisie must have shot thousands of pictures of me,” Loren once told LIFE. And here, below are some of wonderful black and white portraits of Sophia Loren were taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt when he visited Loren's home in Italy in 1961.
(Photographs: Alfred Eisenstaedt. Images © Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)