Claudia Cardinale Biography
Claudia Cardinales contract with Vides forbade her to cut her hair without approval, to marry and to gain weight. Her early career was adeptly guided by Vide's producer Franco Cristaldi who eventually became her husband. The film that established Claudia as a talented dramatic actress was Valerio Zurlini's Girl with a Suitcase (1960). Also in 1960, she played the lead role in Mauro Bologninis Il' Bell Antonio with actor Marcello Mastroianni, whom she worked with on numerous occasions.
Being noticed by an acclaimed director Luchino Visconti, Claudia Cardinale was given a minor role in his neo-realist film Rocco and His Brothers. Although the role is small, her talent was never unnoticed. In 1963, she signed up to play the lead role in The Leopard. 1963 was a good year for Cardinale. Playing Maria in La Ragazza di Bube (Bebo's Girl) gave her a Nastro d'Argento (Silver Ribbon) for Best Actress. That same year, she also worked with another master of Italian cinema, Federico Fellinis 8-1/2 which is considered as one of the great movie masterpieces.
Claudia Cardinales real voice was heard by her Italian audience for the first time in Fellini's 8-1/2. She never used her real voice in her previous films. Her voice was dubbed because she cant speak Italian fluently.
After sometime, Claudia Cardinale moved to Hollywood for some change in her career. In 1964, she played the role of Princess Dala in Blake Edwards The Pink Panther. Again, Claudia's voice was dubbed for this film. This project was followed in the same year by Samuel Bronston's Circus World where her audience first heard her speaking the English language. Some of the films she did outside Europe are the comedy thriller Blindfold (1965) with Rock Hudson, Lost Command (1966), another comedy Don't Make Waves (1967) with Tony Curtis, and The Hell with Heroes (1968). The movie The Professionals (1966) was considered as her best Hollywood film.