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Loren became an international star after signing a five-film deal with Paramount. Among those films was "Houseboat," a romantic comedy starring Cary Grant in which she played the an ill-equipped maid to Grant and his children after his wife dies. Turns out, Loren's Cinzia is an Italian socialite trying to escape the glaring eyes of her overprotective father. The film went on to be nominated for music and writing Academy Awards.