Birth Name: Claudia Cardinale
Birth Place: La Goulette, Tunis, TN
She was born Claude Josephine Rose Cardinale (pronounced "Car-din-arl-ay") to French and Sicilian parents on April 15, 1938 in La Goulette, a predominately Italian neighborhood in the Tunisian capital of Tunis. She grew up speaking her mother's native language, French, and Tunisian Arabic, and did not learn Italian until she began her acting career. Initially, Cardinale wanted to be a teacher, but after entering and winning a 1957 contest to find the "most beautiful Italian girl in Tunisia," her path to film stardom was set. The first prize was a trip to the Venice Film Festival, where her earthy beauty captured the attention of the European press. After a two-month stint at the Centro Speri...
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