Claudia Cardinale

Born Apr 15, 1938

Claudia Cardinale is an Italian Tunisian actress, and has appeared in some of the most prominent European films of the 1960s and 1970s. Her primary language is French, and the majority of Cardinale's films have been either Italian or French. She was also an iconic sex symbol of the 1960s.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Claudia Cardinale.


1938 Birth Claudia Cardinale was born Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale in La Goulette, a neighborhood of Tunis, French protectorate of Tunisia on 15 April 1938. … Read More


1956 18 Years Old As a teenager she was described as "silent, weird, and wild", and like other girls of her generation was fascinated by Brigitte Bardot who came to prominence in the 1956 film And God Created Woman, directed by Roger Vadim. … Read More
1957 19 Years Old The turning point came in 1957 during the Italian Cinema Week in Tunis when she won a competition for the "Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia", with a trip to the Venice Film Festival as first prize. … Read More


1958 - 1960 3 More Events
In 1961, Cardinale portrayed a sultry nightclub singer and young mother in Valerio Zurlini's Girl with a Suitcase. … Read More
1962 24 Years Old In 1962, Cardinale was interviewed by the writer Alberto Moravia, who focused exclusively on her sexuality and body image in film, treating her as an object. … Read More
1963 25 Years Old The finest and most prolific year of her career was 1963, when she appeared in a number of leading productions. … Read More
1964 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1964, Cardinale starred alongside Rod Steiger and Shelley Winters in Francesco Maselli's Italian-made Gli indifferenti. … Read More
1965 27 Years Old In 1965 Cardinale appeared in Visconti's Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa, known as Sandra (Of a Thousand Delights) in the USA and Of These Thousand Pleasures in the UK, playing a Holocaust survivor who may have had an incestuous relationship with her brother. … Read More
Cristaldi largely managed her early career, and she was married to him from 1966 until 1975.
1967 29 Years Old At the beginning of 1967, Cristaldi joined her in the United States. … Read More


1968 - 1970 3 More Events
1971 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1971, she formed a duo with Brigitte Bardot in the French western-comedy The Legend of Frenchie King, and appeared as a prostitute opposite Alberto Sordi in Luigi Zampa's comedy A Girl in Australia.
1972 34 Years Old In 1972, Cardinale appeared in Marco Ferreri's L'udienza, which was screened at the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival. … Read More
1975 37 Years Old In 1975, Cardinale played the daughter of a political exile (Adolfo Celi) in Mauro Bolognini Libera, My Love, a character who becomes "increasingly incensed by the fascist government of Italy and makes a number of bold and very personal gestures against it". … Read More
1976 38 Years Old In 1976, Cardinale appeared in the sex comedy Il comune senso del pudore, which was directed and written by Alberto Sordi, who also co-starred. … Read More


1978 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, Cardinale appeared in Damiano Damiani's political thriller, Goodbye & Amen – L'uomo della CIA, and again featured alongside Gemma in her husband's gangster picture, Corleone, set in 1950s Sicily.
1982 - 1985 4 More Events
1986 48 Years Old In 1986, Cardinale was involved in the making of two films for television. … Read More
1987 49 Years Old In 1987, Cardinale starred opposite Peter Coyote, Greta Scacchi and Jamie Lee Curtis in Diane Kurys's film A Man in Love (Un homme amoureux), Kurys's first English language feature. … Read More


1989 - 1991 3 More Events
1993 55 Years Old In 1993, Cardinale won the Leone d'oro alla carriera award at the Venice Film Festival, in which she was honoured along with Roman Polanski, Robert De Niro, and Steven Spielberg. … Read More
1994 56 Years Old In 1994, Cardinale had a role in Charlotte Dubreuil's Elles ne pensent qu'à ça, and the following year appeared in the French TV serial 10-07: L'affaire Zeus.
1997 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997, Cardinale featured in the British-Italian television drama miniseries Nostromo, directed by Alastair Reid and produced by Fernando Ghia of Pixit Productions, a co-production with Radiotelevisione Italiana, Televisión Española, and WGBH Boston. … Read More


1998 - 2010 5 More Events
2012 74 Years Old In 2012, Cardinale featured opposite Jeanne Moreau and Michael Lonsdale in the final feature film to be directed by Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, Gebo and the Shadow. … Read More
2013 75 Years Old In 2013, Cardinale starred alongside supporting actresses Patricia Black and Chloé Cunha in Nadia Szold's Joy de V., and had a role in Ernst Gossner's war drama The Silent Mountain, a love story set in the Dolomite Mountains at the outbreak of World War I between Italy and Austria-Hungary in 1915. … Read More
2014 76 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2014, Cardinale portrayed a "sympathetic Italian chaperone" viscountess in the British period drama film Effie Gray, which was penned by Emma Thompson and featured Dakota Fanning in the lead role.
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