Claudia Cardinale was born Claude Josephine Rose Cardin, on 15th April 1938 in the city of Tunis in Tunisia. Claudia’s parents were of Sicilian extraction, however she did not learn Italian until later in life and French was always her first language. Cardinale had planned to fulfil a career as a teacher until she won a Tunisian beauty contest in 1957.The first prize of the beauty contest was a trip to Venice where she was noticed by the Italian film industry, and was given a seven year contract with Vides films.
Claudia Cardinale’s movie debut was in the film Goha in 1958 and later the same year in Big Deal on Madonna Street which was an international success. During her early years here career was managed by the producer Franco Cristaldi, who in 1966 would become her husband. Her voice in the early movies was dubbed due to her naturally deep voice and her inexperience with the Italian language.
In the 1960’s, Claudia Cardinale’s starred in some of the Italian industry’s… read more