Claudia Cardinale

Claudia Cardinale

About this actor

Claudia Cardinale (born 15 April 1939; some sources claim 1938) is an Italian-Tunisian actress. She had starring roles in Cartouche in 1962, 8½ (1963), The Professionals (1966), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and The Pink Panther (1963); the majority of Cardinale's films have been either Italian or French. Claudia Cardinale was born Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale in La Goulette, an Italian Tunisian neighborhood of Tunis. Her mother, Yolande Greco, was born in Tunisia to Sicilian emigrants from Trapani. Her father was an Italian railway worker, born in Gela. Her native languages were Tunisian Arabic and French. She had to learn Italian once she pursued her career. She did not speak Italian well (only the Sicilian language learned from her parents, like many Italian Tunisians) until the age of sixteen. In 1957, Cardinale won the 'Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia' contest of the Italian embassy, which brought her to the traditional Venice Film Festival. Her feature film debut...