Claudia Cardinale: Vintage Pics and Stunning Facts

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Claudia Cardinale entered into the movie business was by way of a beauty pageant. She was 17 years old and studying at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome when she entered a beauty contest. This resulted in her getting a succession of small film roles.

Claudia Cardinale

Her earthy interpretations of Sicilian women got her noticed by Italian producers. The combination of her beauty, dark, flashing eyes, explosive sexuality and genuine acting talent virtually guaranteed her stardom.

Claudia Cardinale

After Senilità (1962) she rose to the front ranks of Italian cinema. She became an international star in Federico Fellini’s classic Federico Fellini’s 8½ (1963) with Marcello Mastroianni.

Claudia Cardinale

American audiences may best remember her from her starring role in Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). source

Claudia Cardinale

Here are some stunning facts and hot vintage pics of this gorgeous Italian beauty.

Claudia Cardinale
Long considered one of the world’s great beauties, Claudia has appeared on more than 900 magazine covers in over 25 countries.
Claudia Cardinale
She signed a contract forbidding her to cut her hair, marry or gain weight. Because of this, she told everyone that her newborn son (out of wedlock) was her baby brother. She did not reveal to the child that he was her son until he was 19 years old.
Claudia Cardinale
At the Italian Embassy in Tunis, she was voted the most beautiful Italian girl in Tunisia. Her prize was a trip to Venice during the Venice Film Festival. After the festival she was offered movie roles, but refused them and returned to Tunis. However, six months later, a producer sold her on a career in movies, and she went to Rome with her parents, two brothers and a sister, taking a home in Castel Giubileo, a small town outside the city (1957).
Claudia Cardinale
As Claudia had a deep voice and spoke Italian with a heavy French accent, her voice was dubbed in her early movies. The Pink Panther (1963) was meant to be her first English-speaking role; however, her voice wound up being dubbed.
Claudia Cardinale
She originally intended to become a teacher in Tunis, North Africa.

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