Long considered one of the world's great beauties, she has appeared on more than 900 magazine covers in over 25 countries.
Speaks French, Italian, English, Spanish and Arabic (from having been raised in Tunisia).
Her mentor was her late husband Franco Cristaldi.
Her father was an Italian railroad worker. Despite having an Italian father, she grew up speaking French after her French mother.
Originally intended to become a teacher in Tunis, North Africa.
Preferred to be called by her initials: CC.
1965: Told a reporter she liked a dry martini before dinner, caviar for hors d'oeuvres, lobsters or oysters for seafood, or a steak alla Fiorentina. When it came to wine, her preference was for a rich, red wine.
As she had a deep voice and spoke Italian with a heavy French accent, her voice was dubbed in her early movies. The Pink Panther (1963) was meant to be her first English speaking film, however, in the end, her voice was again dubbed.
Has been UNESCO good will Ambassador for the Defense of Women's Rights since 1999.
While her longtime companion lives in Rome, she calls Paris her home due to her popularity in Italy.
Has lived together with Pasquale Squitieri since 1975.
Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993
She signed a contract forbidding her to cut her hair, marry or gain weight. Due to this contract, she told everyone that her new born son (out of wedlock) was her baby brother. She did not reveal to the child that he was her son, until he was 19 years old.
1957: At the Italian Embassy in Tunis, she was voted the most beautiful Italian girl in Tunisia. Her prize was a trip to Venice during the Venice Film Festival. After the festival, she was offered movie roles, however she initially refused them and returned to Tunis. Six months later, a producer sold her on a career in movies, and she went to Rome with her parents, two brothers and sister, taking a home in Castel Giubileo, a small town outside the city.
She has two children: Patrizio, who was born out of wedlock to mysterious Frenchman when she was 17 and later adopted by her longtime companion Pasquale Squitieri, and Claudia, whose biological father is Squitieri.