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- Well-Regarded in Private Life
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CC - We remember the smile and the husky voice
As a footnote, we remember CC best for her husky voice, voluptuous figure, but her perfect smile was undoubtedly the most beautiful captured on film.
Inspiration for Italian Cinematic Art and Beauty
One of the most beautiful actresses ever, Claudia Cardinale, once touted as Brigitte Bardot's successor, career started just like any other sex symbol: winning a beauty contest and appearing on every magazine cover. Many of her roles were carefully cultivated away from a BB or MM with wholesome images. She was more the girl next door who captivated the best of Italy's directors. CC appeared in the best works of Italy's leading directors: Fellni's 8 1/2, Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers, The Leopard, Sandra, Monicelli's Big Deal on Madonna Street, Bolognini's Il Bell Antonio, La Viaccia, Senilita, Zurlini's Girl With a Suitcase, and Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West. Inspiring Fellini and the novelist Alberto Moravia, CC's beauty is best showcased in Cartouche, Girl With a Suitcase, Bebo's Girl, Sandra, The Leopard, 8 1/2 and Once Upon a Time in the West. Several of her movies are considered among the greatest ever and are still shown today at arthouses and museums. Her movies will be remembered for their quality rather than being celebrity vehicles. CC only spent two years making films in Hollywood; rather she liked the freedom and adventure of filming worldwide or in Europe. Her best known English-speaking movies include The Pink Panther, The Professionals and Once Upon a Time in the West. In the 1980s, CC had some of her most challenging, interesting roles such as La Storia, Claretta (the mistress of Mussolini), and Fitzcarraldo (Herzog's masterpiece with Klaus Kinski). One of the last actresses from the studio era, CC still makes appearances at film festivals worldwide and is in her seventh decade of filmmaking. Despite fame, she keeps a very private and normal life unlike many celebrities.
Claudia Cardinale was without a doubt one of the most stunning actresses. She wasn't offered many challenging roles but she did well with what was given to her. Once Upon a Time in the West is highly underrated and few people know of it... a shame as it is one of the most beautiful westerns ever made. Claudia is photographed amazingly in the film. Her presence adds a sensually soft layer to the rugged and raw elements of this beautiful story.