Claudia Cardinale

About Claudia Cardinale

Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale is a Tunisian-born Italian film actress who starred in some of the most acclaimed European films of the 1960s and 70s. Cardinale won the “Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia” competition in 1957, the prize being a trip to Italy, which quickly led to film contracts, due above all to the involvement of Franco Cristaldi, who acted as her mentor for a number of years and later married her. After making her debut in a minor role with Omar Sharif in ‘Goha’, Cardinale became one of the best-known actresses in Italy, with roles in films such as ‘Rocco and His Brothers’, ‘Girl with a Suitcase’, ‘Cartouche’ , ‘The Leopard’, and ‘Fellini’s 8½’ . 

Claudia Cardinale appeared in Hollywood films such as ‘Blindfold’, ‘Lost Command’, ‘The Professionals’, ‘Don’t Make Waves’, ‘The Hell with Heroes’, and the Sergio Leone epic ‘Western Once Upon a Time in the West’. From 1963, Cardinale became known in the United States and Britain following her role in ‘The Pink Panther’ and proceeded to star in various Hollywood films, however, jaded with the Hollywood film industry and not wanting to become a cliché, Cardinale returned to Italian and French cinema, and garnered the David di Donatello Award for Best Actress. Learn More…

Claudia Cardinale