Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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June 6, 1996

"Berk named H'wood Foreign Press prexy"

Lorenzo Soria

"I say I'm Italian, born in Argentina - but I have spent more time in Los Angeles than in either of those countries."

Lorenzo Soria is president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which this year hands out its Golden Globes on Jan. 10. For 38 years, Soria has been writing for L'Espresso, one of Italy's leading weekly magazines. And he has been a member of the HFPA since 1989; he earned his first mention in Variety when he became a board member in 1996. timcray

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Buenos Aires, and spent my first 11 years there; my parents are Italian Jews who had escaped the war to Argentina. In 1963, my father died, and my mother took my younger sister and me to Italy. I say I'm Italian, born in Argentina - but I have spent more time in Los Angeles than in either of those countries.

You became a journalist in Italy?

I started working for L'Espresso in 1977, in the Milan office, writing about economics and finance. During a summer vacation, I fell in love with Los Angeles; I went back to my bosses and said, "What if I moved there?" They said, "We're not going to send you full-time, but you can be a correspondent." I came to Los Angeles in 1983. …

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