Gina Lollobrigida's wedding to her longtime boyfriend has been postponed until next year, the Italian actress said Monday.
Lollobrigida, 79, will marry Javier Rigau y Rafols, 45, of Barcelona, Spain, on Jan. 27. The couple, who met at a party in Monte Carlo, Monaco, have been dating for 22 years.
They were set to wed in New York later this month, but decided to hold the ceremony in a Rome church "given the interest and the affection of many European friends, in particular Italian and Spanish ones," the couple said in a joint statement.
It will be the second wedding for Lollobrigida, once dubbed "the most beautiful woman in the world" after the title of one of her movies. She was divorced from her previous husband in 1971.
Lollobrigida, who embodied the prototype of Italian beauty, began making movies in Italy just after the end of World War II.
Her screen credits include "The World's Most Beautiful Woman," "Come September," "Trapeze," "Bread, Love and Dreams" and "Never So Few."
She has co-starred with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Humphrey Bogart, Yul Brynner, Rock Hudson, Frank Sinatra, Sean Connery and Tony Curtis.
In recent years, she has returned to art, first with photography and then with sculpture.