Italian actress Claudia Cardinale
Italian actress Claudia Cardinale (full name Claude Josephine Rose Cardinale) was born on 15 April 1938 in Tunisia. Her mother, Yolanda Greco was Sicilian born in Trapani, her father – an Italian. Her native language was French, so even during the filming of “The Leopard” by Luchino Visconti, Claudia Cardinale had to learn her lines by ear. She appeared in some of the most prominent European films of the 1960s and 1970s. The majority of Cardinale’s films have been either Italian or French. She was also an iconic sex symbol of the 1960s. In 1957 she was voted the most beautiful Italian Tunisia and was invited to the Venice Film Festival. Starred in the films by famous Italian director Luchino Visconti and Federico Fellini.
Claudia Cardinale was married to a film producer Franco Cristaldi in 1966-1975, and in 1975 she married director Pasquale Skuiteri (b. 1938). At the age of 17 she was raped in Tunisia by a French citizen. Claudia really wanted a child, and therefore continued the pregnancy. So there was an illegitimate child – a son. Producers were forbidden to speak about it publicly, and Claudia had to tell everyone that he was her younger brother.
Since the late 1980s, she has lived in Paris. In 2008 Claudia was awarded the Order of the Legion of Honor.