Muses

Claudia Cardinale (1938)

Born in Tunisia in a Sicilian family, the young woman travels to Venice after earning the title of 'Tunis' most beautiful Italian girl', in 1955. There, Claudia Cardinale declines all the film propositions that are made to her on the pretext of wanting to become a teacher. However, the reason is darker, she is pregnant after having been raped in her country. After hiding her pregnancy and presenting her son as her little brother, she finally makes her film début, in 1958, in Goha and becomes one of the 1960s' leading actresses in Europe with such films as La Fille à la Valise, in 1960, 8 ½, in 1963 and Circus World, in 1964. With her big dark hair, her cat's eyes, sexy figure and seductive gravelly voice, she is modelled into Italy's answer to Brigitte Bardot, opposite whom she stars in Les Pétroleuses, in 1971. She has remained a much sought-after actress until the present day appearing in confirmed directors' films such as Claude Lelouch's And Now Ladies and Gentlemen, in 2001 or Nicole Garcia's Un Balcon sur la Mer, in 2010, while she also accompanies the younger generation such as Mehdi Ben Attia for Le Fil, in 2009. During her career, it had seemed coherent that her feline appearance echoed with several of her memorable films such as The Leopard and The Pink Panther.

Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo in La viaccia directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1961
Claudia Cardinale for Una rosa per Tutti directed by Franco Rossi, 1967
Claudia Cardinale for Una rosa per Tutti directed by Franco Rossi, 1967
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale, 1958
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale, 1958
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale, 1958
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale, 1958
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Claude Azoulay, 1960's
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Claude Azoulay, 1960's
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale, 1960's
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale, 1960's
Claudia Cardinale in Circus world directed by Henry Hathaway, 1964
Claudia Cardinale in Circus world directed by Henry Hathaway, 1964
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale, 1960's
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale, 1960's
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale and David Niven for The pink panther directed by Blake Edwards, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale and David Niven for The pink panther directed by Blake Edwards, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale, 1961
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale, 1961
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Alain Delon with Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Alain Delon with Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Claudia Cardinale with Alain Delon for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Claudia Cardinale with Alain Delon for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale with Alain Delon in Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale with Alain Delon in Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon, director Luchino Visconti with Claudia Cardinale on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Alain Delon, director Luchino Visconti with Claudia Cardinale on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Alain Delon with Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon with Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale and Burt Lancaster for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale and Burt Lancaster for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Claudia Cardinale, director Luchino Visconti with Alain Delon on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Claudia Cardinale, director Luchino Visconti with Alain Delon on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Claudia Cardinale with Burt Lancaster in Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Claudia Cardinale with Burt Lancaster in Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Claudia Cardinale with Alain Delon in Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Claudia Cardinale with Alain Delon in Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa with Claudia Cardinale in Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa with Claudia Cardinale in Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon with Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon with Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale with director Luchino Visconti on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale with director Luchino Visconti on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Alain Delon with Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon with Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Giuseppe Palmas, Roma, 1960
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Giuseppe Palmas, Roma, 1960
Claudia Cardinale with Alain Delon for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Claudia Cardinale with Alain Delon for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon with Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon with Claudia Cardinale for Il Gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Paolo Stoppa, Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon 1963
Paolo Stoppa, Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon 1963
Burt Lancaster with Claudia Cardinale, 1963
Burt Lancaster with Claudia Cardinale, 1963
Burt Lancaster with Claudia Cardinale, 1963
Burt Lancaster with Claudia Cardinale, 1963
Director Luchino Visconti, Claudia Cardinale with Burt Lancaster on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Director Luchino Visconti, Claudia Cardinale with Burt Lancaster on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Terry O'Neil, 1971
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Terry O'Neil, 1971
Claudia Cardinale in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Claudia Cardinale in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Claudia Cardinale in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Claudia Cardinale in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Portrait of Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, director Sergio Leone, Charles Bronson and Jason Robards on the set of  Once upon a time in the west, 1968
Portrait of Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, director Sergio Leone, Charles Bronson and Jason Robards on the set of Once upon a time in the west, 1968
Claudia Cardinale in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Claudia Cardinale in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Claudia Cardinale with Henry Fonda in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Claudia Cardinale with Henry Fonda in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Don't Make Waves directed by Alexander Mackendrick, 1967
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for Don't Make Waves directed by Alexander Mackendrick, 1967
Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale on the set of Les pétroleuses directed by Christian-Jaque, 1971. Photo by Gianni Ferrari
Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale on the set of Les pétroleuses directed by Christian-Jaque, 1971. Photo by Gianni Ferrari
Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale in Les pétroleuses directed by Christian-Jaque, 1971. Photo by Gianni Ferrari
Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale in Les pétroleuses directed by Christian-Jaque, 1971. Photo by Gianni Ferrari
Claudia Cardinale in Les pétroleuses directed by Christian-Jaque, 1971
Claudia Cardinale in Les pétroleuses directed by Christian-Jaque, 1971
Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale on the set of Les pétroleuses directed by Christian-Jaque, 1971. Photo by Gianni Ferrari
Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale on the set of Les pétroleuses directed by Christian-Jaque, 1971. Photo by Gianni Ferrari
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale, 1990's
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale, 1990's
Claudia Cardinale and Brigitte Bardot on the set of Les pétroleuses directed by Christian-Jaque, 1971. Photo by Gianni Ferrari
Claudia Cardinale and Brigitte Bardot on the set of Les pétroleuses directed by Christian-Jaque, 1971. Photo by Gianni Ferrari
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Bert Stern, 1966
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Bert Stern, 1966
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Bert Stern, 1966
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Bert Stern, 1966
Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale in The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale in The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Mathias Mlekuz and Claudia Cardinale in  Cherche fiancé tous frais payés directed by Aline Issermann, 2007
Mathias Mlekuz and Claudia Cardinale in Cherche fiancé tous frais payés directed by Aline Issermann, 2007
Claudia Cardinale in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Claudia Cardinale in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Lee Marvin in The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Lee Marvin in The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Claudia Cardinale and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Inventions, by Richard Avedon, 1967, EPOCA magazine
Claudia Cardinale and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Inventions, by Richard Avedon, 1967, EPOCA magazine
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Claudia Cardinale in Circus world directed by Henry Hathaway, 1964
Claudia Cardinale in Circus world directed by Henry Hathaway, 1964
Portrait of John Wayne and Claudia Cardinale for Circus world directed by Henry Hathaway, 1964
Portrait of John Wayne and Claudia Cardinale for Circus world directed by Henry Hathaway, 1964
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Claudia Cardinale and Frank Zappa by Richard Avedon for Epoca Magazine, 1967
Claudia Cardinale and Frank Zappa by Richard Avedon for Epoca Magazine, 1967
Rita Hayworth and Claudia Cardinale on the set of Circus world directed by Henry Hathaway, 1964
Rita Hayworth and Claudia Cardinale on the set of Circus world directed by Henry Hathaway, 1964
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale for The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Claudia Cardinale on the set of Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Claudia Cardinale on the set of Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Claudia Cardinale and Frank Zappa by Richard Avedon for Epoca Magazine, 1967
Claudia Cardinale and Frank Zappa by Richard Avedon for Epoca Magazine, 1967
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale in Once upon a time in the west directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale in The pink panther directed by Blake Edwards, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale in The pink panther directed by Blake Edwards, 1963
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Richard Avedon, 1966
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Richard Avedon, 1966
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Richard Avedon, 1960's
Portrait of Claudia Cardinale by Richard Avedon, 1960's
Claudia Cardinale in The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Claudia Cardinale in The professionals directed by Richard Brooks, 1966
Claudia Cardinale in Circus world directed by Henry Hathaway, 1964
Claudia Cardinale in Circus world directed by Henry Hathaway, 1964
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