The Italian and world-renowned actress, film diva, the legendary CLAUDIA CARDINALE is a laureate of the Special Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution in World Cinema Art at the 39th edition of the International Cinematographers Film Festival “Manaki Brothers” in 2018.
Claudia Cardinale is an Italian born in the place called La Goulette, in Tunisia (1938), studied at Paul Cambon School with the intent of becoming a teacher.
But, at 19, she won the “Most Beautiful Italian in Tunisia” contest, won a prize of a trip to the Venice Film Festival and she got the first film job. Her debut was one rather small role in GOHA (1958) alongside Omar Sharif.
She becomes especially famous in Italy following the famous film of Luchino Visconti ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS (1960).
In the following years, Claudia Cardinale shot some of the most significant films in the history of world cinema.
At 25, in 1963, she shot Luchino Visconti’s LEOPARD and Fellini’s 8½, two outstandingly significant film classics. There is also the famous CARTOUCHE by Jean-Paul Belmondo.
Her imposing filmography includes more than 175 roles in films, TV series and short films, but Cardinale is tireless and in love with the film art, so her most recent film PICCOLINA BELLA (2017) is in post-production.
In 1963, her unique acting and striking appearance goes over the borders of Italy and Cardinale turns into a world-renowned star after the role in PINK PANTHER. The following few years she moves to Hollywood, where she shoots BLINDFOLD (1965), LOST COMMAND (1966), THE PROFESSIONALS (1966), THE HELL WITH HEROES (1968) and the cult epic western by Sergio Leone ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968), an American-Italian co-production with Jason Robards, Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda.
During her long and rich career, Cardinale acted alongside film partners like Marcello Mastroianni, Franco Nero, Burt Lancaster, Sean Connery, Rock Hudson, Alain Delon, Anthony Quinn, John Wayne and David Niven, to mention a few.
Unwilling of becoming a Hollywood cliché, Claudia returns to Europe, where she shoots IL GIORNO DELLA CIVETTA (1968), which brings her the David di Donatello Award for best female role, and A GIRL IN AUSTRALIA (1971). In 1974, she meets the director Pasquale Squitieri, marries him and acts often in his films.
She won the Pasinetti Award for best female role at the Venice Film Festival for the film CLARETTA (1984), and in 1994 she won the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. She has also been acclaimed by the festivals in Cannes and Berlin.
In 2011 she was declared one of the 50 most beautiful women in film history.
Claudia Cardinale has won over 35 awards and recognitions at significant world film festival during her remarkably rich career.
In 2016, the official poster for the Cannes Film Festival had Claudia Cardinale’s face on it.
She is a well-known fighter and activist for women’s rights and she is a UNESCO Ambassador of Good Will since 2000.