Sophia Loren speaks up about infamous photo with Jayne Mansfield's twin peaks

Antonio Calanni/APItalian actress Sophia Loren takes part in the Italian State RAI TV program "Che Tempo che Fa"

Antonio Calanni/APItalian actress Sophia Loren takes part in the Italian State RAI TV program "Che Tempo che Fa"

There's no statute of limitations on gossip, which is fortunate since big-screen legend Sophia Loren just shared the dish behind an infamous 57-year-old snapshot of old Hollywood.

Loren defined the term “side-eye” for pre-Urban Dictionary generations in a 1957 photo of her glaring at the heaving cleavage of her tablemate, Hollywood bombshell Jayne Mansfield.

That wasn't jealousy or disapproval, the 80-year-old actress told Entertainment Weekly: It was pure terror.

“Look at the picture. Where are my eyes? I'm staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate,” says Loren, who on Tuesday released her autobiography, “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: My Life.” “In my face you can see the fear. I'm so frightened that everything in her dress is going to blow — BOOM! — and spill all over the table.”

But Mansfield, a nip-slip pioneer, wasn't oblivious to her majestic rack's struggle for freedom, Loren says: “She knew everyone was watching.”

The colorful Mansfield, who starred in several films and was reportedly decreed High Priestess of San Francisco's Church of Satan by Satanist-in-chief Anton LaVey himself, was killed in a car crash at age 34. Her children, including actress Mariska Hargitay of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” survived the accident.

Today, Loren refuses requests to sign copies of the picture “out of respect for Jayne Mansfield because she's not with us anymore.”

Group to Lowe: Urine trouble

Rob Lowe has just made a dangerous enemy: the International Paruresis Association.

The IPA, an alliance of shy bladder syndrome sufferers, has seen DirecTV ads in which Lowe plays a geek who “can't go with other people in the room.” And the IPA is pis- well, peeved.

“We don't mind if people have a little fun with it,” IPA CEO Steve Soifer told The Associated Press. “It's a situation that a lot of people don't understand. In this particular case, the portrayal is making it look ridiculous, that this guy is a loser for having a problem.”

Despite the complaints, DirecTV says it will keep running the ads.

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