It was a long time coming—nearly 40 years to be precise—but Sophia Loren finally got her revenge against someone whom many love to hate: the tax man.
The Italian screen siren, 79, won a drawn-out battle over a tax dispute dating back to 1974.
Italy's top court on Wednesday agreed with the diva's accountants, who said she should have paid tax on 60 percent of her 1974 earnings—or the equivalent of 276,000 euros—instead of the 70 percent that had been demanded by the tax authorities. Italy at the time was using the lira.
Her lawyer, who had filed appeals for decades, called the whole process "Kafkaesque" but said his client, who lives in Switzerland, welcomed what she called "a miracle."