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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 20, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Italy Profession: actor, director

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A sensual presence in American and European films, actress and director Asia Argento made a name for herself with emotionally charged performances in such films as "Traveling Companion" (1996), "B. Monkey" (1998), "Marie Antoinette" (2006) and "The Last Mistress" (2009), as well as Hollywood films like "xXx" (2002). The daughter of famed horror director Dario Argento, who cast her in four of his films, including 2007's "Mother of Tears," she claimed that she became an actress to win his affection after her parents' bitter separation. An award-winning turn in "Companion" displayed a talent for challenging characters, but Argento's penchant for controversial interviews and layouts soon cast her as a femme fatale, as evidenced by "Monkey" and her own directorial debut, "Scarlet Diva" (2000). She sojourned briefly to Hollywood for Vin Diesel's "xXx" (2002), but returned to the indie world to direct her second film, the grueling "Heart is Deceitful Above All Things" (2004). A favorite among arthouse habitu├ęs and devotees of her father, she swung between continents for much of the 21st century, carefully honing her reputation as an uncompromising figure in cinema.

A sensual presence in American and European films, actress and director Asia Argento made a name for herself with emotionally charged performances in such films as "Traveling Companion" (1996), "B. Monkey" (1998), "Marie Antoinette" (2006) and "The Last Mistress" (2009), as well as Hollywood films like "xXx" (2002). The daughter of famed horror director Dario Argento, who cast her in four of his films, including 2007's "Mother of Tears," she claimed that she became an actress to win his affection after her parents' bitter separation. An award-winning turn in "Companion" displayed a talent for challenging characters, but Argento's penchant for controversial interviews and layouts soon cast her as a femme fatale, as evidenced by "Monkey" and her own directorial debut, "Scarlet Diva" (2000). She sojourned briefly to Hollywood for Vin Diesel's "xXx" (2002), but returned to the indie world to direct her second film, the grueling "Heart is Deceitful Above All Things" (2004). A favorite among arthouse habitu├ęs and devotees of her father, she swung between continents for much of the 21st century, carefully honing her reputation as an uncompromising figure in cinema.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Scarlet Diva (2000) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Do Not Disturb (2012)
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3.
 Islands (2011)
4.
 De la guerre (2008)
5.
 Go Go Tales (2007)
6.
 Boarding Gate (2007)
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 Mother of Tears (2007)
9.
 Marie Antoinette (2006)
10.
 Transylvania (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

1985:
Feature acting debut in "Sogni e Bisogni"
1986:
Had early film role in "Demoni 2 - L'Incubo Ritorna/Demons 2 - The Nightmare Is Back", scripted by Dario Argento
1993:
First directed by her father in "Trauma"
1994:
Directorial debut making two short films: "Prosepettive" and "A ritroso"
1994:
Co-starred as Charlotte of Sauve in "Queen Margot"
1996:
Appeared in the experimental "Bits and Pieces"
1996:
Starred in "Stendhal Syndrome", directed by her father
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Played title role in Michael Radford's "B. Monkey" (filmed in 1996; released theatrically in the USA in 1999)
1998:
Directed documentary on Abel Ferrara, "Abel/Asia which won an award at the Rome Film Festival
1999:
Starred opposite Julian Sands in remake of "The Phantom of the Opera", directed by her father
1999:
Directed a four-minute short "Your Tongue on My Heart"; premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival
2000:
Feature directorial debut with the English-language film "Scarlet Diva"; also starred; screened at Cannes
2001:
Co-starred in "Love Bites"
2002:
Co-starred in the summer's action blockbuster "XXX"
2005:
Cast in George A. Romero's "Land of the Dead," a thriller where the living dead have taken over the world
2005:
Starred opposite Michael Pitt in Gus Van Sant's "Last Days" loosely based on the life and career of musican Kurt Cobain
2006:
Wrote, directed and starred in "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things," based on JT Leroy's critically acclaimed novel of the same name
2006:
Cast as Madame du Barry in Sofia Coppola's "Marie-Antoinette"
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Notes

"I believe actors are the instrument in the hands of the directors, and I like directors more than actors." --Asia Argento in VANITY FAIR, July 1997

"I never wanted to be an actress--I wanted to be a writer. But I'm not Dostoyevski, y'know? So, that's why I'm an actress. It's like being a violin--if you're a good violin and it's a good guy playing you, then it's going to be fine. If you're a good violin and somebody bad is playing you, that's not that good. If you're a bad violin and somebody good is playing you, then maybe you have a chance, I don't know." --Asia Argento in MOVIELINE, April 1997

"My parents weren't average parents. But my mother always filled me up with literature and art. I read 'Moby Dick' when I was five. I wanted so much to be an enfant prodige. I guess it was to attract attention from [my parents]." --Argento in INTERVIEW, May 1998

Asia (pronounced Ah-Zi-A)

"I was struck immediately by this smoky, textural voice that Asia has...Asia was probably just four lines into the scene when I fell to my knees behind the monitor saying "Yes! Yes! Yes!' Because after I had read 500 women from seven countries, there was Asia, acting her heart out. I gave her the part that day." --"XXX" director Rob Cohen, on casting Argento

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Marco "Morgan" Castoldi. Musician. Plays for the rock and roll Italian band Bluvertigo; father of Anna Lou; no longer together.
companion:
Marco "Morgan" Castoldi. Actor.
companion:
Rob Cohen. Director. Born c. 1950; reportedly dated when he directed her in "XXX" in 2001.
companion:
Rob Cohen. Survived him.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Dario Argento. Had relationship with another man that lasted almost 50 years.
father:
Dario Argento. Director.
mother:
Daria Nicolodi. Actor.
mother:
Daria Nicolodi. Survived him.
sister:
Fiore Argento. Actor. Older; born c. 1971.
sister:
Fiore Argento. Actor.
daughter:
Anna Lou Argento. Had two; survived him.
daughter:
Anna Lou Argento. Born on July 20, 2001.
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