Biography and films of one of the most beautiful actresses in the world


Born Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale, Claudia Cardinale is an Italian–Tunisian actor who is known for her acclaimed European and American films of the 1960s and the 1970s. Born and raised in Tunis, Tunisia, she was first noticed when she won a trip to the ‘Venice Film Festival’ as a competition prize. After a few initial small roles, Cardinale made her mark with movies such as ‘Rocco and His Brothers,’ ‘Girl with a Suitcase,’ and ‘The Leopard.’ Soon, she became an international star with Federico Fellini’s classic ‘8 ½’. Following her English movie ‘The Pink Panther,’ she also worked in Hollywood films such as ‘Blindfold,’ ‘The Professionals,’ and ‘Once upon a Time in the West.’ She was selected as a member of the jury at the 1993 ‘Cannes Film Festival.’ In 2011, the ‘Los Angeles Times Magazine’ named her as one of the 50 most beautiful women in film history. Cardinale has worked in over 150 movies. She once mentioned in an interview that she thought she was lucky to be working even at her age. Since March 2000, she has been a ‘UNESCO’ goodwill ambassador for the ‘Defense of Women’s Rights.’ She was also a goodwill ambassador for ‘UNESCO World Water Day’ in 2006. She has two children and currently lives in Paris.

Cardinale was born on April 15, 1938, in La Goulette, near Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, when Tunisia was under French rule. Her mother Yolande Greco, was the daughter of Sicilian immigrants. Her father, Francesco Cardinale, was born in Gela, Sicily, and worked with the railways. She spoke French, Arabic, and the Sicilian dialect of her parents. She learnt Italian only after entering the Italian film industry.
Cardinale grew up with two brothers, Bruno and Adrien, and a younger sister, Blanche. She studied at the ‘Saint Joseph-de-l’Apparition’ school of Carthage and graduated from the ‘Paul Cambon School.’ She initially wished to become a teacher.

Top 10 movies

10.Jesus of Nazareth 1977

Franco Zeffirelli     Starring: Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine

Based-on-a-True-Story   Biopic    Drama

9.My Best Fiend 1999

Werner Herzog     Starring: Werner Herzog, Isabelle Adjani, Claudia Cardinale

8.Big Deal on Madonna Street 1958

Mario Monicelli    Starring: Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori, Memmo Carotenuto

Caper    Comedy   Commedia all’italiana…

7.The Professionals 1966

Richard Brooks     Starring: Claudia Cardinale, Lee Marvin, Woody Strode

Action Thriller    Action    Adventure


6.Burden of Dreams 1982

Les Blank     Starring: Huerequeque Enrique Bohorquez, Claudia Cardinale, Carmen Correa

Biography    Documentary    Media Documentary


5.The Pink Panther 1963

Blake Edwards     Starring: David Niven, Robert Wagner, Peter Sellers

Caper    Comedy    Crime Comedy


4.The Leopard 1963

Luchino Visconti     Starring: Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon

Drama    Epic    Family Drama


3.Fitzcarraldo 1982

Werner Herzog     Starring: Klaus Kinsk, Claudia Cardinale, Jose Lewgoy

Adventure Drama    Adventure    Foreign Language Film


2.Once Upon a Time in the West 1968

Sergio Leone     Starring: Charles Bronson, Gabriele Ferzetti, Henry Fonda

Ensemble Film    Epic    Revenge Film..


1. 8½ 1963

Federico Fellini     Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée

Comedy Drama    Drama    Ensemble Film




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