Claudia Cardinale, apparently destined to be an actress, is an Italian-born woman who has spent the majority of her life in France. After a Tunisian beauty pageant in 1957, Cardinale broke into acting and since 1958 until as recent as 2002, her film credits have mounted.
Claudia Cardinale was a natural beauty with a husky voice that screamed sex appeal. She was very beautiful and while her voice didn't accentuate her beauty, the way she used it in films, did.
Appearing in various films, Cardinale's movies including 8 and Once Upon a Time in the West have enjoyed long running fame. Both films have been nominated as two of the best films ever made and both have enjoyed the nominations on various occasions.
With her film debut in 1958 in a film called Goha, Claudia enjoyed never-ending success. She was on the cover of Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde album in 1966 and a sought-after actress of her era.
Cardinale has never admitted to being married in her lifetime. However, many believe that she was married at one time. She lives with film director Pasquale Squitieri and has been with him since 1975. She has a daughter and a son.
Claudia Cardinale has often been accused of an affair with the former French President Jacques Chirac. Some believe that is one of the reasons that Claudia never married. She is a liberal and proud of her political orientation as well as her Arab roots. Today, Claudia Cardinale lives in Paris.