Claudia Cardinale

  • Birth Name: Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale
  • Birth Place: Tunis, Tunisia
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Born in Tunisia while the country was still under a French protectorate to Sicilian parents; she grew up speaking Arabic, French and a Sicilian dialect and only learned Italian when she became an actress.
  • Won a local competition for the Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia, where the prize was a trip to the Venice Film Festival.
  • Feature film debut was a small role in the Omar Sharif film Doha (1958).
  • Released an autobiography in 1995.
  • Was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 2000.
  • Featured on the official poster for the 70th Cannes Film Festival.


  • 1993, Venice Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement: Winner
  • 2002, Berlin Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement (Honorary Golden Bear): Winner
  • 1968, David di Donatello Awards — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1972, David di Donatello Awards — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1965, Nastri d'argento — Best Actress: Winner
  • 2016, David di Donatello Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 1982, Nastri d'argento — Best Supporting Actress: Winner
  • 2014, Taormina Film Fest — Taormina Arte Award: Winner
  • 1961, David di Donatello Awards — Special David (Honorary): Winner


  • Francesco Cardinale — Father
  • Yolanda — Mother
  • Franco Cristaldi — Ex-husband
  • Pasquale Squitieri — Significant Other
  • Francesca Cardinale — Niece
  • Bruno — Brother
  • Patrick — Son
  • Claudia Squitieri — Daughter
  • Blanche — Sister
  • Adrien — Brother

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