Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale was born in Tunis, French Protectorate Tunisia on April 15, 1938. Cardinale won the "Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia" competition in 1957, the prize being a trip to Italy, which quickly led to film contracts, due to the involvement of Franco Cristaldi, who acted as her mentor for a number of years and later married her. After making her debut in a minor role with Omar Sharif in “Goha” (1958), Cardinale became one of the best-known actresses in Italy after roles in films such as “Rocco and His Brothers” (1960), “Girl with a Suitcase” (1961), “The Leopard” (1963), “Cartouche” (1963), and Federico Fellini's “8½” (1963). From 1963, Cardinale became known in the United States and Britain following her role in “The Pink Panther” opposite David Niven. For several years, she appeared in Hollywood films such as “Blindfold” (1965) opposite Rock Hudson, “Lost Command” (1966), “The Professionals” (1966), “The Hell with Heroes” (1968), and the Sergio Leone epic Western “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968), a joint US-Italian production, in which she was praised for her role as a former prostitute opposite Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, and Henry Fonda.
Jaded with the Hollywood film industry and not wanting to become a cliché, Cardinale returned to Italian and French cinema, and garnered the David di Donatello for Best Actress award for her roles in “Il giorno della civetta” (1968) and as a prostitute alongside Alberto Sordi in “A Girl in Australia” (1971). In 1974, Cardinale met director Pasquale Squitieri, who would become her husband, and she was frequently featured in his films, including “I guappi” (1974), “Corleone” (1978) and “Claretta” (1984), the last of which won her the Nastro d'Argento Award for Best Actress. In 1982, she starred in Werner Herzog's “Fitzcarraldo” as the love interest of Klaus Kinski, who raises the funds to buy a steamship in South America. In 2010, Cardinale received the Actress Award at the 47th Antalya "Golden Orange" International Film Festival for her performance as an elderly Italian woman who takes in a young Turkish exchange student in “Signora Enrica”.
Outspoken on women's rights causes over the years, Cardinale has been a UNESCO goodwill ambassador for the Defense of Women's Rights since March 2000. In February 2011, the Los Angeles Times Magazine named Cardinale among the 50 most beautiful women in film history.
CARDINALE, Claudia (aka Claude Cardinal, C. Cardinale) (Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale) [4/15/1938, Tunis, French Protectorate Tunisia - ] – singer, film, TV, voice actress, sister of costume designer, camerawoman Blanche Cardinale [1939- ], mother of Patrizio Cristaldi [1957- ] with ?, married to producer, writer Franco Cristaldi [1924-1992] (1966 - 1975), stepmother of mother of Massimo Cristaldi [1956- ], mother of Claudia Squitieri [1979- ], with director, writer, film editor, actor Pasquale Squitieri [1938-2017], awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by the Montréal World Film Festival , Italian Career Golden Lion , Viareggio EuropaCinema Platinum Award for Cinematic Excellence , Lifetime Achievement by the Transilvania International Film Festival , French Lumiere Awards for Lifetime Achievement .
Once Upon a Time in the West - 1968 (Jill McBain)
Frenchie King - 1971 (Marie Sarrazin)
Fistful of Dreams (TV) – 2003 [herself]
Den sie kennen kein Erbarmen – Der Italowestern – 2005 [herself]
Twice Upon a Time in the West - 2015 (Claudia)