An icon of Italian cinema, Gina Lollobrigida, will run for the nation’s senate in next month’s elections after recently celebrating her 95th birthday. Lollobrigida plans to stand as an independent candidate in the city of Latina, about 70km southeast of Rome, for the Sovereign and Popular Italy alliance, which includes groups opposed to the government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, according to Italian daily la Repubblica . The alliance calls for Italy’s exit from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) and the European Union. Italy has called elections for September 25 after the collapse of Draghi’s ruling alliance. A right-wing coalition – led by Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy and including Matteo Salvini’s League party and former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia – is leading polls of the popular vote, with Lollobrigida’s party seeking to reach the three per cent threshold needed to enter parliament. Lollobrigida has previously attempted her hand in politics by running, unsuccessfully, for a European Parliament seat in 1999. The legendary actress was one of the highest-profile Italian actresses of the 1950s and 1960s, starring in films with Sean Connery and Humphrey Bogart before embarking on a career in photojournalism.