Claudia Cardinale

 The long career of cinematic icon Claudia Cardinale as a “glamour” actress was launched in 1967, when she was voted the “most beautiful Italian of Tunisia” and won a trip to the Venice Film Festival. At the age of just seventeen, she was soon spotted in the City of Doges by several Italian producers, who offered her parts. After studying at the Centro Sperimentale, in Rome, she made her first appearance on the big screen in 1958, in Big Deal on Madonna Street by Mario Monicelli, but she would first truly become known to the general public in 1961, in Cartouche, alongside Jean-Paul Belmondo. In 1963, the international success of The Pink Panther thrust her into the limelight. She then began to work with lots of big name directors: Fellini (8 1/2), Visconti (The Leopard), Richard Brooks (The Professionals) and Sergio Leone in Once Upon a Time in the West, in which she played the lead female role.

From the 1970s, she alternated between shooting in Italy, most often produced by her husband, Pasquale Squitieri, and major international productions. Since 2000, she has distanced herself somewhat from the cinema, in favour of writing and theatre: she made her theatrical debut in 2000, in La Venexiana, directed by Maurizio Scaparro. For many cinephiles, Claudia Cardinale is to Italy what Brigitte Bardot is to France.

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