Claudia Cardinale

Claudia Cardinale
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Claudia Cardinale Biography

Born in Tunisia on April 15, 1939, Cardinale first attracted attention in 1957 after winning the "Most Beautiful Girl in Tunisia" contest; her prize was a trip to the Venice Film Festival, inspiring her to pursue a career in acting. After studying at Rome's Centro Sperimentale film school, she made her screen debut in 1958's Goha, followed by a larger role in Mario Monicelli's classic caper comedy I Soliti Ignoti that same year. In 1959 she was featured in Pietro Germi's Un Maledetto Imbroglio. Read Full Bio >>

Claudia Cardinale Awards

2012 São Paulo International Film Festival Won
2010 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Best Actress Sinyora Enrica ile Italyan Olmak (2010). Won
2010 Yerevan International Film Festival Won
2009 Transilvania International Film Festival Won
2003 Filmfest Ludwigsburg Won

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Claudia Cardinale Trivia

  • She has 2 children. A son born in 1959 and a daughter.
  • In 1957, she won a beauty contest, the Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunis. She won a free trip to Venice and was offered movie roles by producers. Initially she refused all of the roles, but then accepted them.
  • She signed a contract forbidding her to cut her hair, marry or gain weight. Due to this contract, she told everyone that her new born son (out of wedlock) was her baby brother. She did not reveal to the child that he was her son, until he was 19 years old.

Claudia Cardinale Photos

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    66th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "Cleopatra" Premiere - Arrivals

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    Cesar Film Awards 2013 - Arrivals

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    Les Lumieres 2013 Cinema Awards 18th Ceremony - Arrivals

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    60th Annual San Sebastian Film Festival - September 23, 2012

  • Aida Folch, Fernando Trueba, Jean Roqueford, Claudia Cardinale

    60th Annual San Sebastian Film Festival - "The Sessions" ("Las Sesiones") Photocall

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    "Gebo et l'ombre" Paris Premiere - Arrivals

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