Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 15, 1938
SpouseFranco Cristaldi
MarkLarge brown eyes
FactAlthough one of the great sex sirens of her time, she never appeared in a nude or fully topless scene.

Claudia Cardinale is an Italian film actress 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. She was born on April 15, 1938 in Tunis, Tunisia to Sicilian parents. Cardinale’s film debut was in “Goha” (1958), which brought her to the attention of Italian producer Franco Cristaldi. She quickly became one of the most popular actresses in Italy. She starred in “The Leopard” (1963), “The Professionals” (1966), “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968), “The Pink Panther” (1963), and “Casino Royale” (1967).

She also appeared in several French films, such as “The Longest Day” (1962), “The Magnificent Seven” (1966), and “The Train” (1964). In addition to her film work, Cardinale has also been active in television and theatre. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the David di Donatello Award for Best Actress (the Italian equivalent of the Oscar), and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Leopard”.

Cardinale is fluent in Italian, French, Spanish, and English. She has been married twice and has two daughters.

General Info

Full NameClaudia Cardinale
Date Of BirthApril 15, 1938
Height1.73 m
EducationCentro Sperimentale di Cinematografia


SpouseFranco Cristaldi
ChildrenPatrick Cristaldi, Claudia Squitieri
ParentsFrancesco Cardinale, Yolanda Greco
SiblingsBlanche Cardinale
PartnerPasquale Squitieri


AwardsGolden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, David di Donatello for Best Actress, Golden Orange Award for Best Actress (National), Golden Eagle Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to the World Cinema, David di Donatello Special Award, David di Donatello Alitalia Award
NominationsDavid di Donatello for Best Supporting Actress
MoviesOnce Upon a Time in the West, The Leopard, 8½, The Professionals, The Pink Panther, Fitzcarraldo, Rocco and His Brothers, Don't Make Waves, Circus World, Girl with a Suitcase, The Legend of Frenchie King, Big Deal on Madonna Street, Sandra of a Thousand Delights, Bell'Antonio, Lost Command, The Art...
TV ShowsJesus of Nazareth, Nostromo

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#Marks / Signs
1Seductive deep voice
2Voluptuous figure
3Large brown eyes
4Natural brunette hair


1Luchino Visconti wanted me dark-haired, for Federico Fellini I had to be a blonde, I had long hair at the time and kept dyeing it from one to the other. The two directors were completely different, almost hated each other, I think.
2I wasn't speaking a word of Italian until I was 18. They had to dub my voice in my first Italian picture!
3[on acting] But to do this kind of work, you have to be very strong, otherwise you lose your personality, your identity. You don't know who you are. It's fantastic because I've been living thousands of lives, not only my life.
4If you're not English, you're a foreigner - so you must be sexy. It's an old British cliché.
5I never felt scandal and confession were necessary to be an actress. I've never revealed myself or even my body in films. Mystery is very important.


1Good friends with fellow sex siren Brigitte Bardot.
2Famed cinematographer Conrad L. Hall called her "a cameraman's dream - a perfect piece of nature - there is not much you can do wrong in photographing her".
3Although one of the great sex sirens of her time, she never appeared in a nude or fully topless scene.
4Long considered one of the world's great beauties, she has appeared on more than 900 magazine covers in over 25 countries.
5Speaks French, Italian, English, Spanish and Arabic (from having been raised in Tunisia).
6Her mentor was her late husband Franco Cristaldi.
7Her father was an Italian railroad worker. Despite having an Italian father, she grew up speaking French after her French mother.
8Originally intended to become a teacher in Tunis, North Africa.
9Preferred to be called by her initials: CC.
10Told a reporter she liked a dry martini before dinner, caviar for hors d'oeuvres, lobsters or oysters for seafood, or a steak alla Fiorentina. When it came to wine, her preference was for a rich, red wine (1965).
11As she had a deep voice and spoke Italian with a heavy French accent, her voice was dubbed in her early movies. The Pink Panther (1963) was meant to be her first English-speaking role; however, her voice wound up being dubbed.
12Has been UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Defense of Women's Rights since 1999.
13While her longtime companion lives in Rome, she calls Paris her home due to her popularity in France.
14Has lived with Pasquale Squitieri since 1975.
15Was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993.
16She signed a contract forbidding her to cut her hair, marry or gain weight. Because of this, she told everyone that her newborn 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.
17At the Italian Embassy in Tunis, she was voted the most beautiful Italian girl in Tunisia. Her prize was a trip to Venice during the Venice Film Festival. After the festival she was offered movie roles, but refused them and returned to Tunis. However, six months later, a producer sold her on a career in movies, and she went to Rome with her parents, two brothers and a sister, taking a home in Castel Giubileo, a small town outside the city (1957).
18She has two children: Patrizio, who was born out of wedlock (the father was a mysterious Frenchman) when she was 17 and later adopted by her former husband Franco Cristaldi; and Claudia, whose biological father is her longtime companion Pasquale Squitieri.




Piccolina bella2017announced
Niente di Serio2017post-productionAngela
All Roads Lead to Rome2015Carmen
Twice Upon a Time in the West2015Claudia
Effie Gray2014Viscountess
Les Francis2014Mina
Ultima fermata2014Rosa
The Silent Mountain2014Nuria Calzolari
Joy de V.2013Signora Morosini
The Artist and the Model2012Léa
Gebo et l'ombre2012Doroteia
Un balcon sur la mer2010La mère de Marc
Sinyora Enrica ile Italyan Olmak2010Signora Enrica
Il giorno della Shoah2010TV MovieEster
The String2009Sara
Hold-up2008TV MovieCécile
Cherche fiancé tous frais payés2007Elisabeth
Le démon de midi2005Claudia Cardinale
And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen...2002Madame Falconetti
Élisabeth - Ils sont tous nos enfants2000TV MovieClaude Barde
Un café... l'addition1999ShortMme Gigi
Li chiamarono... briganti!1999Donna Assunta
Riches, belles, etc.1998La baronne Mitsy
Mia, Liebe meines Lebens1998TV Mini-SeriesMary O'Sullivan
Il deserto di fuoco1997TV Mini-SeriesLeila
Sous les pieds des femmes1997Aya 1996
Nostromo1996-1997TV Mini-SeriesTeresa Viola
10-07: L'affaire Zeus1995TV SeriesAgent
Elles ne pensent qu'1994Margaux
Son of the Pink Panther1993Maria Gambrelli
Flash - Der Fotoreporter1993TV SeriesGilda Ricci / Monica Ricci
Mother1993TV Mini-SeriesAraxi (Mayrig)
Mother1992Araxi (Mayrig)
Mother1991Araxi (Mayrig)
La batalla de los Tres Reyes1990Roxelane
Atto di dolore1990Elena
Hiver 54, l'abbé Pierre1989Hélène
Blu elettrico1989TV MovieTata
La révolution française1989Yolande-Gabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
A Man in Love1987Julia Steiner
History1986TV MovieIda Ramundo
Naso di cane1986TV Mini-SeriesLaura
Woman of Wonders1985Maura
L'été prochain1985Jeanne
Claretta1984Claretta Petacci
Henry IV1984Matilda
Princess Daisy1983TV MovieAnabelle de Fourdemont Valenski
Le ruffian1983La 'baronne'
Bankers Also Have Souls1982Antonella Dufour
La pelle1981Principessa Consuelo Caracciolo
The Salamander1981Elena Leporello
Si salvi chi vuole1980
Escape to Athena1979Eleana
Corleone1978Rosa Accordino
L'arma1978Marta Compagna
La petite fille en velours bleu1978Francesca Modigliani
Goodbye & Amen1978Aliki
La part du feu1978Catherine Hansen
Il prefetto di ferro1977Anna Torrisi
Jesus of Nazareth1977TV Mini-SeriesThe Adultress The Adulteress
Il comune senso del pudore1976Armida Ballarin
Blonde in Black Leather1975Claudia
Libera, amore mio!1975Libera Valente
The Immortal Bachelor1975Gabriella Sansoni
Conversation Piece1974Moglie del professore (uncredited)
I guappi1974Lucia Esposito
Scoumoune1972Georgia Saratov
Bello onesto emigrato Australia sposerebbe compaesana illibata1971Carmela
Frenchie King1971Marie Sarrazin
Popsy Pop1971Popsy Pop
The Adventures of Gerard1970Teresa, Countess of Morales
The Red Tent1969Nurse Valeria
Certain, Very Certain, As a Matter of Fact... Probable1969Marta CHiaretti
Nell'anno del Signore1969Giuditta Di Castro
La amante estelar1968Short
Once Upon a Time in the West1968Jill McBain
A Fine Pair1968Esmeralda Marini
The Hell with Heroes1968Elena
Il giorno della civetta1968Rosa Nicolosi
Don't Make Waves1967Laura Califatti
A Rose for Everyone1967Rosa
The Queens1966Armenia (segment "Fata Armenia")
The Professionals1966Maria
Lost Command1966Aicha
Blindfold1965Vicky Vincenti
Sandra1965Sandra Dawdson
The Magnificent Cuckold1964Maria Grazia
Time of Indifference1964Carla
Circus World1964Toni Alfredo
Bebo's Girl1964Mara
The Pink Panther1963The Princess
The Leopard1963Angelica Sedara Bertiana
Careless1962Angiolina Zarri
Auguste1961Cameo appearance (uncredited)
The Lions Are Loose1961Albertine Ferran
La viaccia1961Bianca
Girl with a Suitcase1961Aida Zepponi
Rocco and His Brothers1960Ginetta
Silver Spoon Set1960Fedora
The Battle of Austerlitz1960Pauline Bonaparte
Bell' Antonio1960Barbara Puglisi
Vento del Sud1959Grazia Macri
Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti1959Carmela Nicosia
The Facts of Murder1959Assuntina Jacovacci
Upstairs and Downstairs1959Maria
Il magistrato1959Maria
Anneaux d'or1959Short
La prima notte1959Angelica
3 straniere a Roma1958Marisa
Big Deal on Madonna Street1958Carmelina
Goha1958Amina (as Claude Cardinal)


Blu elettrico1989TV Movie performer: "Dors mon enfant"
Frenchie King1971performer: "Prairie Woman" - uncredited


Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski1999Documentary thanks


Les enfants de la guerre1996TV MovieHerself
Speciale mastroianni - il fascino della normalit1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
A Summer in La Goulette1996Herself
Àngels de nit1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Joyeux anniversaire Monsieur Trenet1995TV MovieHerself
Le divan1993TV Series documentaryHerself
Ben Webster: The Brute and the Beautiful1990Documentary
Champs-Elysées1983-1989TV SeriesHerself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
Mardi cinéma1983TV Series documentaryHerself
Stelle emigranti1982TV Movie documentaryHerself
Burden of Dreams1982DocumentaryMolly / Herself
Numéro 11977-1978TV SeriesHerself - Host / Herself
Circus of the Stars1977TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer
Gala de l'union1976TV SeriesHerself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1976TV SeriesHerself
Sacha show1971TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards1970TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Film Editing & Best Foreign Film
Rom aktuell1969TV Series documentaryHerself
Hinter der Leinwand1966-1967TV Series documentaryHerself
Claudia Cardinale1965Documentary shortHerself
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound
Pariser Journal1964TV Series documentaryHerself
La grande farandole1962TV SeriesHerself
Cinépanorama1962TV Series documentaryHerself
Reflets de Cannes1961TV Series documentaryHerself
Algérie en flammes1958Documentary shortArab woman (uncredited)
Belmondo par Belmondo2016TV Movie documentaryHerself
Alfredo Bini, ospite inatteso2015DocumentaryHerself
Un jour, un destin2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Un jour, une histoire2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Vivement dimanche2000-2013TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest / Herself - Main guest
Alberto il grande2013Herself
L'insolito ignoto - Vita acrobatica di Tiberio Murgia2012Documentary
Alguna pregunta més?2012TV SeriesHerself
Días de cine2012TV SeriesHerself
Ceská Miss 20122012TV MovieHerself - Judge
VIP zprávy2012TV SeriesHerself
HARDtalk2011TV SeriesHerself
The Story of Film: An Odyssey2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Els matins a TV32011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Belmondo, itinéraire...2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Jetset in den Sixties - Das süße Leben der Schönen und Reichen2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Café Picouly2010TV SeriesHerself
Thé ou café1997-2010TV SeriesHerself
My Swinging Sixties - Gottschalks Zeitreise2010TV MovieHerself
Spur der Bären2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Paris dernière2010TV Series documentaryHerself
Cinémas2009TV SeriesHerself
L'abito e il volto2009DocumentaryHerself
Pietro Germi - Il bravo, il bello, il cattivo2009DocumentaryHerself
La traversée du désir2009DocumentaryHerself
2009 Women's World Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
Bambi Verleihung 20082008TV MovieHerself - Presenter: Lifetime Achievement Award
Déborah, une force jusqu'au bout2008Video documentaryHerself
Marcello, una vita dolce2006DocumentaryHerself
Denn sie kennen kein Erbarmen - Der Italowestern2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Sergio Leone: The Way I See Things2006DocumentaryHerself
La nuit des Césars1977-2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Essere Claudia Cardinale2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
L'hebdo cinéma2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesHerself
La nuit des Molières2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Memories from 'The Professionals'2005Video documentary shortHerself
The Professionals: A Classic2005Video documentary shortHerself
On a tout essayé2005TV SeriesHerself
En aparté2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Tout le monde en parle2005TV SeriesHerself
A Dying Breed: The Making of 'The Leopard'2004Video documentaryHerself
An Opera of Violence2003Video documentary shortHerself
Something to Do with Death2003Video documentary shortHerself
The Wages of Sin2003Video documentary shortHerself
L'ultima sequenza2003DocumentaryHerself
Visconti2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Film Genre2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Cannes: Through the Eyes of the Hunter2001Documentary shortHerself
Vamps et femmes fatales du cinéma européen2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Visconti: La verdad del melodrama2001TV MovieHerself
Vivement dimanche prochain2000TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Les enfants de la télé1997-2000TV SeriesHerself
Comme au cinéma1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Luchino Visconti1999DocumentaryHerself
Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski1999DocumentaryHerself
¿Qué apostamos?1998TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Lignes de mire1998TV SeriesHerself
Stars'N Co1998TV SeriesHerself
L'uomo dal sigaro in bocca1997Documentary shortHerself
Cannes... les 400 coups1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
Cinema 31997TV SeriesHerself
Gianni Di Venanzo, un grande autore della fotografia1996Documentary shortHerself

Archive Footage

Alfonso Sansone produttore per caso2014
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Accepting for Piero Tosi
Effie Gray: Interview with Dakota Fanning2014Video documentary shortViscountess (uncredited)
Effie Gray: Interview with Emma Thompson2014Video documentary shortViscountess (uncredited)
Dai nostri inviati: La Rai racconta la Mostra del cinema di Venezia 1980-19892013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood Invasion2011DocumentaryHerself
Legenden2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Gilles Jacob: CIitizen Cannes2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
50 años de2009TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood sul Tevere2009DocumentaryHerself
España, plató de cine2009TV Movie documentaryMarie Sarrazin (uncredited)
Memòries de la tele2009TV SeriesHerself
Il falso bugiardo2008Herself
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia2007TV Short documentaryHerself
Rafael Azcona, oficio de guionista2007TV Movie
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHerself
Fellini: I'm a Born Liar2002DocumentaryClaudia (uncredited)
The Magic of Fellini2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
François Chalais, la vie comme un roman1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
Le cinéma dans les yeux1987Herself
Trail of the Pink Panther1982Princess Dala (uncredited)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryActress 'Once Upon a Time in the West' (uncredited)
Kolossal - i magnifici Macisti1977DocumentaryPauline Bonaparte (as C. Cardinale)
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryJill McBain (uncredited)
Un sorriso, uno schiaffo, un bacio in bocca1975


Won Awards

2015Lifetime Achievement AwardJameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival
2014Career Golden GlobeGolden Globes, Italy
2014Tribute PlateLecce Festival of European Cinema
2014Taormina Arte AwardTaormina International Film Festival
2013Honorary Lumiere AwardLumiere Awards, FranceFor her body of work
2012Leon Cakoff PrizeSão Paulo International Film Festival
2011Sofia Municipality AwardSofia International Film Festival
2010Golden OrangeAntalya Golden Orange Film FestivalBest ActressSinyora Enrica ile Italyan Olmak (2010)
2010Silver Medallion AwardTelluride Film Festival, US
2010Lifetime Achievement AwardYerevan International Film Festival
2009Lifetime Achievement AwardTransilvania International Film Festival
2009Lifetime Achievement AwardTransilvania International Film Festival
2003European Actors AwardFilmfest Ludwigsburg
2002Honorary Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film Festival
2002Platinum Award for Cinematic ExcellenceViareggio EuropaCinema
2000European Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsFor her international success.
1998Career AwardFlaiano International PrizesCinema
1997Career DavidDavid di Donatello Awards
1993Career Golden LionVenice Film Festival
1992Career GobletGolden Goblets, Italy
1991Golden GlobeGolden Globes, ItalyBest Actress (Migliore Attrice)Atto di dolore (1990)
1990Prix du FestivalMontréal World Film FestivalFor "Best Achievement in Cinema".
1988Alitalia AwardDavid di Donatello Awards
1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, ItalyBest Actress (Migliore Attrice)Claretta (1984)
1985Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actress (Migliore Attrice Protagonista)Claretta (1984)
1984Pasinetti AwardVenice Film FestivalBest ActressClaretta (1984)
1982Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Supporting Actress (Migliore Attrice Non Protagonista)La pelle (1981)
1972DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Actress (Migliore Attrice)Bello onesto emigrato Australia sposerebbe compaesana illibata (1971)
1968DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Actress (Migliore Attrice)Il giorno della civetta (1968)
1965Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actress (Migliore Attrice Protagonista)La ragazza di Bube (1964)
1964Golden GobletGolden Goblets, ItalyBest Actress (Migliore Attrice)La ragazza di Bube (1964)
1961Special DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsLa ragazza con la valigia (1961)
1961Golden OrangeTaormina International Film Festival

Nominated Awards

2016DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Supporting Actress (Migliore Attrice non Protagonista)Ultima fermata (2014)
1992Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actress (Migliore Attrice Protagonista)Atto di dolore (1990)
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female New Face7th place.

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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