Isabelle Yasmine Adjani, (born 27 June 1955) is a four-time César Award-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated French film actress and singer. She is of Algerian-German parentage, and performs in French, English, and German.
Adjani was born in Bavaria, Germany to an Algerian father from Kabylie, Mohammed Cherif Adjani, and a German mother, Augusta Gusti. She grew up in the immigrants quarter Gennevilliers (suburbs of Paris), speaking German fluently as a first language. After winning a school recitation contest, she began acting in amateur theater by the age of twelve. At the age of 14, she starred in her first motion picture Le Petit bougnat (1970)
In 1981, Adjani received the Cannes Film Festival's best actress award for the Merchant Ivory film Quartet based on the novel by Jean Rhys, and for the horror film Possession. The following year, she received her first César Award for Possession, in which she portrays a frustrated woman going mad. In 1983, she won the César, for her depiction of a vengeful woman in the blockbuster One Deadly Summer.
In 1989, she co-produced and starred in a biopic of the tragic sculptor Camille Claudel. She received her third César and second Oscar nomination for her role in the film, which was also nominated for an Academy Award 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. Her fourth César win was for the 1994 film Queen Margot, an ensemble epic directed by Patrice Chéreau.
Adjani was also engaged to composer Jean Michel Jarre, but they broke up publicly in 2004. In 1987, some French media outlets incorrectly reported that she was dying of AIDS, forcing her to appear on television to deny it.
|1970||Le Petit bougnat||Rose|
|1972||Faustine et le bel été||Camille|
|1974||La Gifle||Isabelle Doulean|
|1975||The Story of Adèle H.||Adèle Hugo||Best Actress Oscar nomination|
|1977||Violette & François||Violette Clot|
|1978||The Driver||The Player|
|1979||Nosferatu the Vampyre||Lucy Harker|
|The Bronte Sisters||Emily Brontë|
|1981||Clara et les Chics Types||Clara|
|L' Année prochaine... si tout va bien||Isabelle|
|1982||Tout feu, tout flamme||Pauline Valance|
|Antonieta||Antonieta Rivas Mercado|
|1983||Mortelle randonnée||Catherine Leiris/Lucie, 'Marie'|
|L' Été meurtrier||Eliane dite 'Elle'|
|1986||T'as de beaux escaliers tu sais|
|1988||Camille Claudel||Camille Claudel||Best Actress Oscar nomination|
|1994||La Reine Margot||Margot|
|2003||Bon voyage||Viviane Denvers|
|Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran||La star|