The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump by Mary Jordan:
As she explored how far her looks could take her, an early stop was a competition at a movie studio five hundred miles away, in Rome. Melanija arrived with her mother at Europe’s biggest film studio, Cinecittà, or Cinema City, to enter a competition. Cinecittà, often called “Hollywood on the Tiber,” had advertised a contest for a fresh face. The winner would receive a movie role. Melanija loved movies—there were not many entertainment options in her town, but Ben Hur, Cleopatra, and other classics shot at the Italian studio were shown. She had a special admiration for Sophia Loren, the feline-eyed Italian beauty who rocketed from poverty to global fame. Loren had started her movie career at Cinecittà. Many people told Melanjia that she resembled a young Sophia.