Claudia Cardinale is an Italian Tunisian film actress and sex symbol who appeared in some of the most acclaimed European films of the 1960s and 1970s Italian or French, but in several English films. Born and raised in La Goulette, a neighbourhood of Tunis, Cardinale won the "Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia" competition in 1957, the prize being a trip to Italy, which led to film contracts, due above all to the involvement of Franco Cristaldi, who acted as her mentor for a number of years and married her. After making her debut in a minor role with Omar Sharif in Goha, Cardinale became one of the best-known actresses in Italy after roles in films such as Rocco and His Brothers, Girl with a Suitcase, Cartouche,The Leopard, Fellini's 8½. From 1963, Cardinale became known in the United States and Britain following her role in The Pink Panther opposite David Niven. For several years, she appeared in Hollywood films such as Blindfold, Lost Command, The Professionals, The Hell with Heroes, the Sergio Leone epic Western Once Upon a Time in the West, a joint US-Italian production, in which she was praised for her role as a former prostitute opposite Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda.
Jaded with the Hollywood film industry and not wanting to become a cliché, Cardinale returned to Italian and French cinema, garnered the David di Donatello for Best Actress award for her roles in Il giorno della civetta and as a prostitute alongside Alberto Sordi in A Girl in Australia. In 1974, Cardinale met director Pasquale Squitieri, who would become her husband, she featured in his films, including I guappi and Claretta, the last of which won her the Nastro d'Argento Award for Best Actress. In 1982, she starred in Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo as the love interest of Klaus Kinski, who raises the funds to buy a steamship in Peru. In 2010, Cardinale received the Actress Award at the 47th Antalya "Golden Orange" International Film Festival for her performance as an elderly Italian woman who takes in a young Turkish exchange student in Signora Enrica. Outspoken on women's rights causes over the years, Cardinale has been a UNESCO goodwill ambassador for the Defense of Women's Rights since March 2000.
In February 2011, the Los Angeles Times Magazine named Cardinale among the 50 most beautiful women in film history. Claudia Cardinale was born Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale in La Goulette, a neighborhood of Tunis, French protectorate of Tunisia, on 15 April 1938, her mother, Yolande Greco, was born in Tunisia to Sicilian emigrants from Trapani. Her maternal grandparents had a small shipbuilding firm in Trapani, but settled in La Goulette, where a large Italian community existed, her father, Francesco Cardinale, was a railway worker, born in Sicily. Her native languages were French, Tunisian Arabic, the Sicilian language of her parents, she did not learn to speak Italian until she had begun to be cast for Italian films. Cardinale was educated at the Saint-Joseph-de-l'Apparition school of Carthage, which she attended along with her younger sister Blanche, she studied at the Paul Cambon School, where she graduated with the intention of becoming a teacher. As a teenager, she was described as "silent and wild", like other girls of her generation, was fascinated by Brigitte Bardot, who came to prominence in the 1956 film And God Created Woman, directed by Roger Vadim.
Cardinale's first film work was participating, along with classmates, in a short film by French director René Vautier, Anneaux d'or presented at the Berlin Film Festival. The film made her a minor local celebrity, led to her being spotted by Jacques Baratier, who offered her a minor role in Goha, she accepted it reluctantly after Baratier explained he wanted a Tunisian actress rather than an Italian to star in the main role opposite the Egyptian actor Omar Sharif. The appearance nonetheless marked her feature-film debut; the turning point came in 1957 during the Italian Cinema Week in Tunis, when she won a competition for the "Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia", with a trip to the Venice Film Festival as first prize. After being spotted by several film producers at the event, she was invited to study at the Experimental Cinematography Center in Rome under Tina Lattanzi, she attended as, despite her photogenic looks, she had trouble with her acting assignments. She left at the end of her first term and decided to return home, earning herself a cover story in the popular weekly Epoca triggered by her unexpected decision to turn her back on a career as a film star.
Back in Tunis, Cardinale discovered unexpectedly that she was pregnant, the result of what she described as a "terrible" relationship with a Frenchman, some 10 years her senior, which began when she was only 17 and lasted for about a year. On this discovery, he wanted her to have an abortion, she solved her problems by signing a seven-year exclusive contract with Franco Cristaldi's production company Vides. Cristaldi managed her early career, she was married to him from 1966 until 1975. Under the new contract, in 1958, Cardinale was given a minor role with leading Italian actors Vittorio Gassman, Totò, Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori in Mario Monicelli's internationally successful criminal comedy Big Deal on Madonna Street, she portrayed Carmelita, a Sicilian girl imprisoned in her home by her overpowering brother. The comedy was a huge success, making Cardinale recognizable; some newspapers were referring to her as "la fidanzata d'Ita
Ornella Muti is an Italian actress. Muti was born in Rome as Francesca Romana Rivelli, to a Neapolitan journalist father and Ilse Renate Krause, a Baltic German sculptor from Estonia, her maternal grandparents emigrated from Leningrad to Estonia. She has Claudia. Muti made her film debut in 1970 in La moglie più bella, she has worked in Italian films but she made her English-speaking film debut as Princess Aura in Flash Gordon in 1980. American movies she appeared in include Love and Money, Wait Until Spring, Bandini, A Season of Giants, Once Upon a Crime, Somewhere in the City and To Rome with Love, she is known to the French for appearing in a television commercial of Giovanni Panzani pasta. She was voted "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World" in 1994 by a worldwide poll of readers of the magazine Class. In 2008, Muti introduced her own line of jewelry, she opened new shops in Paris, Rome, Riga and Almaty. She insured her breasts for $350,000. Muti has been married twice, first to Alessio Orano, from 1975 to 1981.
She was married, secondly, to Federico Fachinetti, from 1988 to 1996. Muti has three children: Naike Rivelli, a fashion model and actress. In September 2016, she announced the intention to have a Russian citizenship when she visited the island Sakhalin. Muti applied for citizenship the same year. Ornella Muti on IMDb Ornella Muti at the TCM Movie Database Ornella Muti at AllMovie
Antonella Ponziani is an Italian actress. Born in Rome, she attended the academy Mimo Teatro Movimento, under the guidance of Lidia Biondi, she debuted in 1986, in Salvatore Samperi's La Bonne, appeared in Federico Fellini's Intervista and as Donald Pleasence's daughter in Ruggero Deodato's 1988 giallo film Phantom of Death. In 1992 Antonella Ponziani won a Silver Ribbon for Best Actress and a David di Donatello in the same category for the film Verso Sud, she appeared in the 1994 comedy Dear Goddamned Friends, won a Ciak d'oro for Best Supporting Actress in 1996 for her performance in Ferie d'Agosto by Paolo Virzì. In 1999 she debuted as director and screenwriter with the comedy film L'ultimo Mundial, in which she appeared as an actress. Antonella Ponziani on IMDb
Baroness Alida Maria Laura Altenburger von Marckenstein-Frauenberg, better known by her stage name Alida Valli, was an Italian actress who appeared in more than 100 films, including Mario Soldati's Piccolo mondo antico, Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case, Carol Reed's The Third Man, Michelangelo Antonioni's Il Grido, Luchino Visconti's Senso, Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900 and Dario Argento's Suspiria. Valli was born in Pola, Italy, her paternal grandfather was the Baron Luigi Altenburger, an Austrian-Italian from Trento, a descendant of the Counts d'Arco. Valli's mother, Silvia Oberecker della Martina, born in Pola, was the daughter of Felix Oberecker from Laibach, Austria. Valli's maternal granduncle, was a close friend of Gabriele D'Annunzio. Valli was christened Baroness Alida Maria Laura Altenburger von Marckenstein-Frauenberg. During her lifetime she gained the titles Dr.h.c. of the III. University of Rome, Chevalier of Arts of France and Cavaliere of the Italian Republic. At fifteen, she went to Rome, where she attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, a school for film actors and directors.
At that time, she lived with her uncle Ettore Tolomei. Valli started her movie career in 1934, in Il cappello a tre punte during the so-called Telefoni Bianchi cinema era, her first big success came with the movie Mille lire al mese. After many roles in a large number of comedies, she earned her success as dramatic actress in Piccolo mondo antico, directed by Mario Soldati, for which she won a special Best Actress award at Venice Film Festival. During the Second World War, she starred in many movies, including Stasera niente di nuovo and the diptych Noi Vivi / Addio Kira!. These latter two movies were nearly censored by the Italian government under Benito Mussolini, but they were permitted because the novel upon which they were based was anti-Soviet; the films were successful, the public realized that they were as much against Fascism as Communism. After several weeks, the films were pulled from theaters as the German and Italian governments, which abhorred communism, found out the story carried an anti-fascist message.
By her early 20s widely regarded as the "most beautiful woman in the World", Valli had a career in English-language films through David Selznick, who signed her to a contract, thinking that he had found a second Ingrid Bergman. In Hollywood, she performed in great successes and memorable movies, as Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece The Paradine Case. Through these and other movies she became a Hollywood star and gained international renown credited but with the cursive word Valli, which would become her characteristic'wordmark' in America. However, as the actress couldn't stand the strict rules of Selznick, who, as it is known, used to impose total control on his actors, Valli managed to get her contract's rescission, though with the payment of a high penalty from her part, she returned to Europe in the early 1950s, starred in many French and Italian films. In 1954, she had great success in the melodrama Senso, directed by Luchino Visconti. In that film, set in mid-19th-century Venice during the Risorgimento, she played a Venetian countess torn between nationalistic feelings and an adulterous love for an officer of the occupying Austrian forces.
In 1956, Valli decided concentrating instead on the stage. She was in charge of a company. In 1959, she appeared. From the 1960s, she worked in several pictures with famous directors, such as Pier Paolo Pasolini's Edipo re, 1967, her final movie role was with Mira Sorvino. In Italy, she was well known for her stage appearances in such plays as Ibsen's Rosmersholm. At the 54th Venice International Film Festival in 1997 Alida Valli obtained the Golden Lion award for her career; when Valli went to the United States, she was billed by only her last name "to make her sound more exotic." In 1951, she complained. "I feel silly going around with only one name," she said. "People get me mixed up with Rudy Vallée." Her teenage love, Carlo Cugnasca, was a famous Italian aerobatic pilot. He served as a fighter pilot with the Regia Aeronautica and was killed during a mission over British-held Tobruk on 14 April 1941. Valli's movie career suffered in 1953 from a scandal surrounding the death of Wilma Montesi, whose body was found on a public beach near Ostia.
Among the accused – all of whom were acquitted, leaving the case unsolved – was Valli's
Antoine and Sebastian
Antoine and Sebastian is a 1974 French comedy-drama film directed by Jean-Marie Périer and starring François Périer, Jacques Dutronc, Ottavia Piccolo and Keith Carradine. François Périer as Antoine Jacques Dutronc as Sébastien Ottavia Piccolo as Nathalie Keith Carradine as John Marisa Pavan as Mathilde Marie Dubois as Corinne Pierre Tornade as Max Jacques François as The Captain Hadi Kalafate as Gamelle Jean Michaud as The Editor Olivier Hussenot as Géraldi Francine Custer as Jérichote Robert Deslandes as Raymond Oreste Lionello as Ledieu Antoine and Sebastian on IMDb
Lisa Gastoni is an Italian film actress. Gastoni was named "Best Italian Actress of the Year, 1966" as she received both the Nastro D'Argento Award and the Golden Globe Award from Italy's Foreign Press Association. Daughter of an Italian father and an Irish mother and her family moved to England in 1948, she turned from her initial ambition of being an architect to acting. She appeared in various B movies throughout the 1950s, as well as co-starring as Giulia in the Sapphire Films TV series The Four Just Men for ITV. Gastoni returned to Italy in the 1960s, first appearing in sword-and-sandal and swashbuckler films, but gaining the attention of respected directors; the turning point in her film career was her role in Grazie, zia by Salvatore Samperi. This would set the tone for the roles she would play for the next decade. After 1979, she retired from writing. In 2005 she returned to the screen with an appearance in the film Cuore Sacro. Lisa Gastoni on IMDb