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Isabelle Adjani

Isabelle Adjani (1955) is an actress and movie producer.

Born Isabelle Yasmine Adjani in Gennevilliers, Seine-Saint-Denis, France, she is the daughter of an Algerian-Turkish father and a German mother.

One of her country's best known actresses, and recognized worldwide, at a young age Isabelle Adjani was drawn to acting, playing in amateur theater by the age of twelve. As a fourteen-year-old, she appeared in her first motion picture. After minor roles in several films, in 1974 she received positive reviews and much public acclaim for her performance in the film, La Gifle, (The Slap). The following year she was cast in her first starring role in François Truffaut's film, L'Histoire d'Adele H., (The Story of Adele H.). For her work, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress bringing offers for roles in Hollywood films.

In 1981 she received the Cesar Award, France's equivalent of an Oscar, for her role in Possession. In 1983 and 1988 she won the Cesar again. In 1989, she co-produced and starred in the film Camille Claudel. She would receive her fourth Cesar Award and second nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film as well as a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Following this publicity, she was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.

Multi-lingual, Ms. Adjani performs in her native French language, English and German.


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Isabelle Adjani Facts

Birth NameIsabelle Yasmine Adjani
OccupationActress, Producer
BirthdayJune 27, 1955 (62)
SignCancer
BirthplaceGennevilliers, Paris, France
Height5' 4" (1m63)  How tall is Isabelle Adjani compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Skirt Day
The Brontë Sisters
Andrzej Zulawski's POSSESSION
Queen Margot
Masterpieces of European cinema: Queen Margot
The Driver
Nosferatu The Vampyre
4 Film Favorites: Thrillers
The Tenant
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