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Also Known As: Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski, Natassja Kinski, Nastassia Kinski, Nastassja Nakszynski, Nastasha Kinski, Natasha Kinski Died:
Born: January 24, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Berlin, DE Profession: actor

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As the daughter of one of cinema's most intense and psychotic actors, Nastassja Kinski emerged in her own right as a sensual, albeit aloof, actress who, for a time, was relegated to B-movie status despite several acclaimed performances. After receiving her start in German movies, some of which gained notoriety for the underage actress playing sexual characters, Kinski attained international stardom as the titular heroine in mentor Roman Polanski's Oscar-nominated "Tess" (1979). Kinski found herself the object of desire when photographer Richard Avedon shot a nude poster of her coiled with a snake that became quite popular in college dorm rooms. She later starred in Paul Schrader's erotic horror thriller, "Cat People" (1982), while engaging in a brief, but long remembered affair with the director. Kinski gave one of her most affecting performances as an estranged wife in the arthouse hit, "Paris, Texas" (1984), before spending the remainder of the decade and beyond in a series of forgettable Italian-made movies. Though she retreated from the limelight for the most part to concentrate on raising her first two children, Kinski became the focus of tabloid excess when it was revealed that famed...

As the daughter of one of cinema's most intense and psychotic actors, Nastassja Kinski emerged in her own right as a sensual, albeit aloof, actress who, for a time, was relegated to B-movie status despite several acclaimed performances. After receiving her start in German movies, some of which gained notoriety for the underage actress playing sexual characters, Kinski attained international stardom as the titular heroine in mentor Roman Polanski's Oscar-nominated "Tess" (1979). Kinski found herself the object of desire when photographer Richard Avedon shot a nude poster of her coiled with a snake that became quite popular in college dorm rooms. She later starred in Paul Schrader's erotic horror thriller, "Cat People" (1982), while engaging in a brief, but long remembered affair with the director. Kinski gave one of her most affecting performances as an estranged wife in the arthouse hit, "Paris, Texas" (1984), before spending the remainder of the decade and beyond in a series of forgettable Italian-made movies. Though she retreated from the limelight for the most part to concentrate on raising her first two children, Kinski became the focus of tabloid excess when it was revealed that famed musician-producer Quincy Jones was the father of her second daughter. The newfound attention sparked a renewed film career which saw Kinski deliver strong turns in "The Ring" (NBC, 1996), "Your Friends & Neighbors" (1998) and "The Claim" (2000), before she again bowed out of the spotlight in 2006. Despite her spotty film résumé, Kinski was notable for her strong allure onscreen and off that continued to enthrall audiences across generations.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Inland Empire (2006)
3.
 In Your Image (2004)
5.
 American Rhapsody (2001) Margit
6.
 Day the World Ended, The (2001) Dr Jennifer Stillman
7.
 Town & Country (2001) Alex
8.
 Cold Heart (2001)
9.
 Lost Son, The (2001) Deborah Spitz
10.
 Diary of A Sex Addict (2001) Sex Therapist
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1975:
Feature film debut, a slient part in Wim Wenders' "Falsche Bewegung/False Moves/Wrong Move"
1976:
Appeared in Wolfgang Petersen's "Reifezeungnis", a film made for German TV
1979:
Breakthrough role as title character in "Tess", directed by Roman Polanski
1981:
Posed for bestselling nude poster by photographer Richard Avedon
1982:
Made first US films, "One From the Heart" and "Cat People"
1984:
Turned to comedy with "Unfaithfully Yours"
1984:
Worked with Wim Wenders again on his English-language "Paris, Texas"
1993:
Played an angel in Wenders' "Faraway, So Close"
1994:
Made US TV-movie debut in "Crackerjacks" (HBO)
1996:
Starred in "Danielle Steel's 'The Ring'" (NBC)
1997:
Returned to US films with "Little Boy Blue," "Father's Day," and "One Night Stand"
1998:
Offered fine supporting turn as a lesbian artist's assistant in Neil LaBute's "Your Friends and Neighbors"
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Notes

"If you get typecast, it's up to you to break that. Since I started real young, getting roles where they would ask me to take my clothes off, I would get those [types of] scripts over and over. The fact that I'm still here and working--I don't know if it's so much because of my performances or something else." --Nastassja Kinski in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, October 7, 1994

"The years went by so fast and, even though I've had children, which makes me feel I've lived a long time, I feel I didn't really grow up. I want to fulfill the desire I have to do things that are beautiful and meaningful." --Kinski in BOX OFFICE, April 1997

"I'm going to make myself seem more mysterious because I'm really not so mysterious. Or, if I am, it's because everybody is a mystery. Now that I'm older, at least I can be more amused by what people said." --Kinski in MOVIELINE, April 1997

"I live for being with the people I love and to live as happily as possible. And you must date to do as many things as you dream of." --Kinski in INTERVIEW, December 1993.

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companion:
Roman Polanski. Director. Began relationship when she was 15; starred in his film "Tess" (1979).
companion:
Paul Schrader. Director, screenwriter. Had relationship during filming of "Cat People".
companion:
Jean-Jacques Beineix. Director. Began relationship when he was directing her in "Moon in the Gutter" (1983).
husband:
M Ibrahim Moussa. Producer. Married in September 1984; have two children together; divorced in 1992.
companion:
Quincy Jones. Composer, record producer, arranger, musician. Together c. 1992-94; have one child.
companion:
Jonathan Krane. Executive.
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mother:
Ruth Brigitte Tocki. Writer. Divorced from Kinski's father c. 1965.
father:
Klaus Kinski. Actor. Born 1926, died November 23, 1991; Nastassja was estranged from him partly due to parents' divorce.
sister:
Pola Kinski. Actor.
half-brother:
Nikolai Kinski. Actor. Born on July 31, 1976.
son:
Aljosha Moussa. Born in June 1984, prior to marriage of Kinski to his father Ibrahim Moussa.
daughter:
Sonia Moussa. Born in 1986; father, Ibrahim Moussa.
daughter:
Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones. Born on February 9, 1993; father, Quincy Jones.
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