Claudia Cardinale continues to mesmerize audiences with her timeless beauty at 86. Among many directors including Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Sergio Leone who have sought out Claudia for roles, she remains one of their favorites.
Star power translated to a lucrative career. Though her domestic box office earnings never reached peak performance levels, six-figure film salaries combined with lucrative backend movie deals and residuals have provided her with enough income for an enjoyable lifestyle well into her golden years.
Early Life and Education
Claudia Cardinale has become widely-renowned for her multilingual capabilities and cultural adaptation, becoming a star in both European and Hollywood movies such as Rocco and His Brothers, 8 1/2, and Senilita.
Yolande Greco and Francesco Cardinale, two Sicilian immigrants who settled in La Goulette, Tunisia to raise her. She spoke French, Arabic and Sicilian while growing up; later learning Italian when entering the film industry.
Though she never achieved US superstar status, she earned a significant fortune through upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and property investments during her distinguished career. Furthermore, she is known to be an active philanthropist as well as being appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
Claudia Cardinale has built up an international film icon status over her 60-year career. While never reaching blockbuster status, domestic box office grosses have consistently produced significant wealth and provided her with a lavish lifestyle.
Her captivating beauty and timeless talent earned her work with some of cinema’s premier directors, such as Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, and Sergio Leone. Her iconic portrayals of femme fatales, strong female characters such as Madame Bovary or other strong roles helped break gender norms while setting precedents for subsequent actresses.
At 84 years old, she continues to take on acting roles while using her influence to advocate for social impact goals as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Her long and distinguished career has earned her numerous accolades and worldwide renown.
Achievement and Honors
Claudia Cardinale has earned admiration and respect as an activist and philanthropist, most notably her tireless advocacy on women’s issues. Furthermore, Claudia serves as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, advocating education and culture through her work.
Cardinale is a multilingual actress fluent in Italian, French and Arabic who has collaborated with some of the most celebrated directors such as Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Sergio Leone among many others.
Cardinale made her acting debut in 1958 with Goha and soon thereafter was featured in iconic movies such as Rocco and His Brothers, The Leopard, 8 1/2 and Once Upon a Time in the West. Married to Franco Cristaldi since 1970 and mother to Claudia Squitieri and Patrick Cristaldi.
Claudia Cardinale has worked with numerous esteemed directors during her prolific career, such as Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Sergio Leone, Blake Edwards, and Mario Monicelli – earning them many accolades and honors along the way. Claudia Cardinale’s films have received widespread acclaim.
Even though her domestic box office figures never approached blockbuster status, her six-figure film salaries, lucrative backend deals and residuals have provided her a substantial fortune despite living a modest lifestyle in her 80s.
Her natural beauty and elegance both on and off-screen has mesmerized audiences for decades, not to mention her charitable endeavors. Currently residing in Paris with her family, she continues to pursue film and theater activities such as her performances in Maurizio Bolognini’s Libera and Mayrig – two films by Maurizio Zorrini that won rave reviews – to much critical acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
Claudia Cardinale has established an illustrious career spanning decades. The actress has appeared in such iconic films as The Pink Panther and Once Upon a Time in the West; working alongside notable directors such as Fellini and Visconti; garnering widespread popularity while maintaining financial security for herself and her family.
She earns significant earnings from acting, as well as from owning numerous luxury properties. In addition, she has been married twice; first to Franco Cristaldi (a producer), then Pasquale Squitieri.
Cardinale was born April 15, 1938, in La Goulette, France and learned Italian as an actor after speaking French, Arabic and Sicilian dialect as a child. Her cultural flexibility has contributed to her lasting success within the industry.