A worldwide beauty with a husky voice, Claudia Cardinale. Living an action filled life on screen and off; her globe-trotting career has spawned 144 films to date.

Possessing obvious beauty and fierce, intelligent eyes, Cardinale began cultivating her career in Italy, before making the transition to American movies. She became one of Hollywood’s most recognisable leading women — starring alongside the likes of Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda and John Wayne. However, it was when she grew jaded with Hollywood and returned to European film once more, that she found true critical acclaim: securing the Nastro d’Argento Award for her depiction of Claretta Petacci, the doomed mistress of Benito Mussolini.

Recognised as a prominent feminist, she’s fought for women’s rights throughout the entirety of her career: becoming a UNESCO goodwill ambassador for the Defense of Women’s Rights in 2000. Although she’s regarded as one of classical Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses, Cardinale attributes her success to her inner strength. Today, ‘The Cardinale’ serves as an example to other leading women: only those who draw upon the strength within themselves will leave their mark on history.

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