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Also Known As: Isabelle Yasmine Adjani Died:
Born: June 27, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Germany Profession: actor, producer

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An ethereal beauty as well as one of the most formidable actresses of her generation, Isabelle Adjani won more Cesars - the French equivalent of the Oscar - than any other performer in history on the strength of her heart-rending performances in such acclaimed films as ""The Story of Adèle H." (1975), "Camille Claudel" (1988) and "Queen Margot" (1994). In these and other pictures, Adjani struck deep into the passionate, conflicted cores of her heroines, fleshing out their desires and sadness in extraordinarily nuanced performances, which earned her the respect of the critical press around the globe. She was less successful in winning over other members of the media, due to her reluctance to participate in the glad-handing and posturing that accompanied film promotion, as well as her stands on racial discrimination against North African immigrants like her Algerian father. Though her output slowed in the new millennium, her 2009 Cesar win for "La journée de la jupe" showed that Adjani had lost none of her power to mesmerize audiences with the scope and breadth of her astonishing talents. She remained one of France's national treasures, an actress by which all others could measure their abilities, for...

An ethereal beauty as well as one of the most formidable actresses of her generation, Isabelle Adjani won more Cesars - the French equivalent of the Oscar - than any other performer in history on the strength of her heart-rending performances in such acclaimed films as ""The Story of Adèle H." (1975), "Camille Claudel" (1988) and "Queen Margot" (1994). In these and other pictures, Adjani struck deep into the passionate, conflicted cores of her heroines, fleshing out their desires and sadness in extraordinarily nuanced performances, which earned her the respect of the critical press around the globe. She was less successful in winning over other members of the media, due to her reluctance to participate in the glad-handing and posturing that accompanied film promotion, as well as her stands on racial discrimination against North African immigrants like her Algerian father. Though her output slowed in the new millennium, her 2009 Cesar win for "La journée de la jupe" showed that Adjani had lost none of her power to mesmerize audiences with the scope and breadth of her astonishing talents. She remained one of France's national treasures, an actress by which all others could measure their abilities, for nearly four decades.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mammuth (2010)
2.
 Skirt Day (2009)
3.
 Monsieur Ibrahim (2003) La Star
4.
 Bon Voyage (2003) Viviane
5.
 Paparazzi (1998) Herself (Cameo Appearance)
6.
 Diabolique (1996) Mia Baran
7.
 Queen Margot (1994) Marguerite De Valois--Queen Margot
8.
 Toxic Affair (1993) Penelope
9.
 Lung Ta: Les cavaliers du vent (1990) Narration
10.
 Camille Claudel (1988) Camille Claudel
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in the immigrants quarter (Gennevilliers) of Paris; spoke German as a first language
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While at all-girl lycee, directed and played male lead in Moliere's "Les Fourberies de Scapin"
1969:
Feature film acting debut aged 14 in "Le Petit Bougnat"
1972:
TV debut in "Le secret des Flamands/The Secret of the Flemish"5
1972:
Became youngest member of Comedie Francaise; refused 20 year membership; stayed for two years
1974:
First leading film role in "The Slap"
1975:
Gained international acclaim for title role as the mentally unbalanced daughter of author Victor Hugo in Francois Truffaut's "L'Histoire d'Adele H./The Story of Adele H."; earned Best Actress Oscar nomination
1976:
First collaboration with Bruno Nuytten, "Barocco"
1978:
First US film, "The Driver"
1983:
Returned to the stage in unsuccessful production of "Miss Julie"
:
Established Lilith Films
1988:
First film as producer (also actress), "Camille Claudel"; directed by Nuytten; earned second Best Actress Academy Award nomination
1994:
Received praise for her portrayal of the titular monarch in "La Reine Margot/Queen Margot", directed by Patrice Chereau
1996:
Teamed with Sharon Stone in the remake of "Diabolique"
2000:
Made rare stage acting appearance in the title role of a Parisian production of "La Dame aux Camelias"
2002:
Returned to screen acting after a five-year hiatus starring in "The Repentent"
2002:
Had female lead in "Adolphe"
2003:
Assumed role originally meant for Sophie Marceau in "Bon Voyage", directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau
2003:
Appeared in the drama "Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran"
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Education

Ecole Florent: -

Notes

There is some confusion over where Adjani was born. Some sources list Paris while others list Germany. Miss Adjani herself has given conflicting information in interviews over the years. A June 1996 article in Empire indicates that she was born in Germany which several other sources also indicate. This database will go with that location. It is clear, however, that she was raised in a Parisian suburb.

Served as a President of the committee to the Centre National de la Cinematographie (which awards government financing to filmmakers).

Adjani was selected to head the jury for the 50th Anniversary Cannes Film Festival.

In response to the National Front (a right-wing political group in France), which targeted North African immigrants, Adjani revealed in a 1986 TV interview that her father was Algerian. Later that year, there were rumors throughout France that Adjani had died of complications from AIDS. The rumors persisted until the actress went on TV to deny them. The controversy prompted actor Gerard Depardieu to address the issue in an open letter to Adjani: "When a murderous rumor attacked you, you faced it bravely. In certain African tribes, when Evil is at the gates of the villages, they sacrifice the most beautiful young woman in the tribe to appease the anger of the demons. To quiet the fear of an epidemic, public opinion demands a sacrifice ..."

"I don't feel particularly at ease anywhere. I come from nowhere and I go just about anywhere. I get by." --Adjani c. 1988.

"When I started acting, I was uncompromising and absolutely reckless. I was always able to find my self-respect in adversity, but never without an enemy, a fight, a war to give me some value in my own eyes. Later my doubts got to me, and I felt guilty being recognized, famous, intermittently rich. I had the impression that whatever I had in excess would be taken away." --Adjani in Vanity Fair, October 1989.

"She is well aware that many filmmakers in her homeland have labeled her a temperamental, impossible actress. She says, a little indignantly, 'If Dustin Hoffman wants to change something, he goes up to the director and speaks his mind. But when an actress does this, she's called hysterical.'" --From American Film, January 1990.

"Isabelle is a spirit of nature. She really is haunting." --Director Jeremiah Chechik quoted in Premiere, April 1996.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Bruno Nuytten. Director of photography; director. Flemish; met in 1976; no longer together; father of Adjani's son Barnabe.
companion:
Warren Beatty. Actor. Together c. 1986-87.
companion:
Daniel Day-Lewis. Actor. Together c. 1988-94; father of Adjani's son Gabriel.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Mohammed Cherif Adjani. Muslim Algerian; served in French army; died c. 1983.
brother:
Eric Adjani. Appeared in Joseph Losey's film "Don Giovanni".
son:
Barnabe Said Nuytten. Born c. 1980; father Bruno Nuytten.
son:
Gabriel Kane Adjani. Born April 1995; father Daniel Day-Lewis.
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