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Tunis, French Protectorate Tunisia [now Tunisia]
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8 ½, Once Upon a Time in the West, Jesus Of Nazareth
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Claudia Cardinale was born Claude Josï¿½phine Rose Cardin to French mother and Italian father. She had her break into films after winning a Tunisian beauty contest in 1957. She made her film debut in Goha (1958) and later that year had a role in the minor international success I soliti ignoti. Her early career was largely managed by producer Franco Cristaldi.
Throughout the 1960s she appeared in many Italian or Italian co-financed films including Luchino Visconti`s Il Gattopardo (The Leopard, 1963), Rocco e i suoi fratelli (1963), Philippe de Broca`s Cartouche (1963), Federico Fellini`s 8ï¿½ (1963) and Sergio Leone`s epic Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). Her native language is French and her fluency in Italian was limited, as she did not speak the language until the age of eighteen. Therefore, in early films her voice was dubbed by someone else. Not until 8ï¿½ was she allowed to dub her own dialogue.
Cardinale never made a real attempt to break into the American market since she was not interested in leaving Europe for extended periods of time. But her many Hollywood films include The Pink Panther (1963), Circus World (1964), Blindfold (1965) and opposite Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster in The Professionals (1966).
A photograph of Cardinale was featured in the original gatefold artwork to Bob Dylan`s album Blonde on Blonde in 1966. Because the photo was used without Cardinale`s permission, the photo was removed from the cover art in later pressings.
Her performance in Visconti`s Sandra/Of A Thousand Delights is regarded as mesmerizing, playing a Holocaust survivor with an incestuous relationship with her brother. In Comencini`s La Storia (from Elsa Morante`s novel), Cardinale plays a widow raising a son during World War II and gave another well-received performance.
Other memorable performances include Valerio Zurlini`s Girl With a Suitcase and Mauro Bolognini`s Libera.
Cardinale remains active in European cinema, her later films including Qui comincia l`avventura (1975), Fitzcarraldo (1982), Un homme amoureux (1987), Mayrig (1991), and And now... Ladies and Gentlemen (2002)
She denies ever having been married, although it is hypothesized that she has been at least once (to Franco Cristaldi). She has been living with film director Pasquale Squitieri since 1975 and has two children. Her son Patrick was born out of wedlock after she was raped by a mysterious Frenchman when only 17; Cristaldi adopted him later. She has a daughter by Squitieri. She is also reported to have had an affair with former French President Jacques Chirac.
Claudia Cardinale is a liberal with strong political convictions. She is involved in pro-women and pro-gay issues and has frequently stated her pride in her Arab roots - as evidenced by her appearance as herself in the Tunisian film Un ï¿½tï¿½ ï¿½ La Goulette (A Summer in La Goulette).
Cardinale wrote an autobiography, Moi Claudia, Toi Claudia. In 2005, she also published a French-language book, Mes Etoiles, about her personal and professional relationships with many of her directors and co-stars through her nearly 50 years in show-business.
The actress has been UNESCO good will ambassador for the Defense of Women`s Rights since 1999. In 2006 (World Water Year) she symbolically extended such a role for the Defense of the Rights of the Absolute Woman : Mother Earth while declaring her support for Powerstock, a sustainable electronic music festival that proposes a "water-consciousness" for youth culture and seeks to make sustainability an integral part of mainstream culture.
She is involved in many humanitarian causes and currently lives in Paris.
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Claude Josephine Rose Cardinale
Claudia Cardinale (born 15 April 1938) is an Italian Tunisian film actress and sex symbol who appeared in some of the most acclaimed European films of the 1960s and 1970s, mainly Italian or French, but also in several English films.
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==Claudia Cardinale== Actress - Born 15 Apr 1938 Tunis, French Protectorate Tunisia [now Tunisia] -
===Birth Name=== Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale
===Height=== 5' 6¼" (1.68 m)
===Bio=== Like many other female Italian film stars, Claudia Cardinale's entry into the business was by way of a beauty pageant. She was 17 years old and studying at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome when she entered a beauty contest, which resulted in her getting a succession of small film roles. Her earthy interpretations of Sicilian women got her noticed by Italian producers, and the combination of her beauty, dark, flashing eyes, explosive sexuality and genuine acting talent virtually guaranteed her stardom. After Careless (1962) she rose to the front ranks of Italian cinema, and became an international star in Federico Fellini's classic 8½ (1963) with Marcello Mastroianni. American audiences may best remember her from her starring role in Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).
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===Spouse (1)=== [[Franco Cristaldi]] (1966 - 1975) ( divorced)
===Trade Mark (4)=== 1. Natural brunette hair 2. Large brown eyes 3. Voluptuous figure 4. Seductive deep voice
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==Claudia Cardinale== (born 15 April 1938) is an Italian Tunisian film actress and sex symbol who appeared in some of the most acclaimed European films of the 1960's and 1970's, mainly Italian or French, but also in several English films.
===Personal life=== Claudia Cardinale met Italian film producer Franco Cristaldi in 1958. She married him in Atlanta in 1966, but they divorced in 1975. The couple had become increasingly detached and he wanted to remarry without any ties. Although Cardinale did not believe the Atlanta marriage had any status in Italy, she consented to his request. As a result, Cristaldi married Zeudi Araya and had no further contractual relationships with Cardinale.
===Cardinale has lived=== with Pasquale Squitieri, an Italian film director, since 1975. Squitieri passed away on February 18, 2017 at age 78. She has two children: Patrick, who was born illegitimately when she was 19 and later adopted by Cristaldi, and Claudia, whom she had with Squitieri. She is fluent in Sicilian, Arabic, French, Italian, English, and Spanish. Her niece Francesca is also an actress.
===Cardinale is a political liberal=== who has supported feminist causes over the years. Though she lives in Paris, Cardinale is fiercely outspoken about being identified as an Italian. She also has expressed some pride in being born in an Italian community in Tunisia, and celebrates Tunisia's Arabic culture – as evidenced by her book Ma Tunisie and by the fact that she appeared as herself in the Tunisian film Un été à La Goulette ("A Summer in La Goulette"). She has been a UNESCO goodwill ambassador for the Defence of Women's Rights since March 2000, and was a goodwill ambassador for the UNESCO World Water Day for 2006.
===Cardinale published=== an autobiography, with Anne Mori, Io Claudia, Tu Claudia in 1995. She has been a regular attendee of the Academy Awards. Her awards have included an honorary Golden Lion at the 1993 Venice Film Festival, and an honorary Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival. The Los Angeles Times Magazine, in a February 2011 online feature, named Cardinale among the 50 most beautiful women in film history. Cardinale said of her acting, "I never felt scandal and confession were necessary to be an actress. I've never revealed my self or even my body in films. Mystery is very important." In a 2014 interview, she revealed her secret of success: "If you want to practise this craft, you have to have inner strength. Otherwise, you’ll lose your idea of who you are. Every film I make entails becoming a different woman. And in front of a camera, no less! But when I’m finished, I’m me again.
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