Claudia Cardinale French postcard by Edition P.I., Paris, nr. 1102. Photo: Kasparian.Italian actress Claudia Cardinale (1938) is one of Europe's iconic and most versatile film stars. The combination of her beauty, dark, flashing eyes, explosive sexuality and genuine acting talent virtually guaranteed her stardom. Her most notable films include 8½ (1963, Federico Fellini), Il Gattopardo (1963, Luchino Visconti), and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, Sergio Leone).