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Claudia Cardinale Biography

Birth Name:
Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale
Birth Place:
Tunis, Tunisia

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


  • 2016David di Donatello Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated