Franco Cristaldi

Film Producer
Born Oct 3, 1924

Franco Cristaldi was an Italian film producer, credited with producing (or co-producing) more than 60 feature films from the 1950s to the 1990s.

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1924 Birth Cristaldi was born in Turin, Italy in 1924, and studied at university for a time before focusing his interests on cinema.


1966 41 Years Old He was first married to Carla Simonetti with whom he had a son, Massimo. He applied to the Vatican to have this marriage annulled, and in 1966 married actress Claudia Cardinale.


1975 50 Years Old He mentored Cardinale through her own film career, producing many of her films, until their divorce in 1975.
1977 52 Years Old In 1977 Cristaldi was elected president of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, and was a member of the jury at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.
1983 58 Years Old In 1983, he married Eritrean actress Zeudi Araya, who starred in several Cristaldi-produced films.


1992 68 Years Old Franco Cristaldi died in Montecarlo in 1992, survived by his wife Zeudi, son Massimo, and adopted son Patrick, the son of Claudia Cardinale.
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