VENICE, Italy (AP) _ Sophia Loren's doctors have her under such close care that she wasn't allowed to tape or telephone her thanks for a Venice Film Festival award _ and even her own husband hasn't been allowed to see her, a newspaper reported Saturday.

``The doctors are inflexible: Sophia must not become emotional, must not speak of anything that would remind her of work,'' producer-husband Carlo Ponti was quoted as saying in an interview with Corriere della Sera daily.

The Italian-born actress, 63, fell ill on an Aug. 10 flight from Geneva to New York; in New York, she was diagnosed as having an irregular heartbeat and hospitalized for a few days, aides and family members said.

Ponti read a message from Loren on Thursday in Venice, thanking the festival for its lifetime achievement award.

Loren's doctor has mandated at least a month of rest in New York, Ponti said. He was headed there after the festival.

Once there, he said, ``I really hope that they'll let me see her.''