Isabelle Adjani

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Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani Cannes 2009.JPG
Isabelle Adjani at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
BornIsabelle Yasmine Adjani
(1955-06-27) 27 June 1955 (age 58)
Paris, France[1]
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1970–present
Children2
ParentsMohammed Adjani, Augusta Adjani
RelativesEric Adjani (brother, deceased)
Awards
César Awards
Best Actress
1982 Possession
1984 L'été meurtrier
1989 Camille Claudel
1995 La reine Margot
2010 La journée de la jupe
Cannes Film Festival
Best Actress
1981 Quartet ; Possession
 
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Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani Cannes 2009.JPG
Isabelle Adjani at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
BornIsabelle Yasmine Adjani
(1955-06-27) 27 June 1955 (age 58)
Paris, France[1]
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1970–present
Children2
ParentsMohammed Adjani, Augusta Adjani
RelativesEric Adjani (brother, deceased)
Awards
César Awards
Best Actress
1982 Possession
1984 L'été meurtrier
1989 Camille Claudel
1995 La reine Margot
2010 La journée de la jupe
Cannes Film Festival
Best Actress
1981 Quartet ; Possession

Isabelle Adjani (born 27 June 1955) is a French film actress and singer. Adjani rose to fame in 1975 for her overwhelmingly lauded performance as Adele Hugo in The Story of Adele H., garnering 20 year-old Adjani her first Academy Award for Best Actress nomination, making her the youngest nominee ever at the time.

Adjani has appeared in many films since then, performing in French, English and German. She holds the record for the most César Awards for Best Actress, having received five: for Possession (1981), One Deadly Summer (1983), Camille Claudel (1988), Queen Margot (1994) and Skirt Day (2009).

Adjani was recognized with a double Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for Possession and Quartet in 1981. She received a Berlin Film Festival Best Actress Award in 1989. She also received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. In 2010 she was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.

Early life[edit]

Isabelle Yasmine Adjani was born in the 17th arrondissement of Paris to a German mother from Bavaria and an Algerian father from Constantine.[2][3][4][5] Her mother Augusta, called "Gusti", met her father near the end of World War II when he was in the French Army. They married and she returned with him to Paris, not speaking a word of French.[6][7][8]

She asked him to take Cherif as his first name as it sounded more "American".[9] Mohammed Cherif Adjani was a soldier in the French Army in World War II.

Adjani grew up bilingual, speaking French and German fluently.[10][11][12] After winning a school recitation contest, Adjani began acting by the age of twelve in amateur theater.

Career[edit]

At the age of 14, Adjani starred in her first motion picture, Le Petit bougnat (1970).[13]

Adjani first gained fame as a classical actress at the Comédie française, which she joined in 1972. She was praised for her interpretation of Agnès, the main female role in Molière's L'École des femmes. She soon left the theatre to pursue a film career.

After minor roles in several films, she enjoyed modest success in the 1974 film La Gifle (or The Slap). The following year, she landed her first major role in François Truffaut's The Story of Adèle H. (1975). Critics praised her performance, with the American critic Pauline Kael describing her acting talents as "prodigious".[14][15] Only nineteen when she made the film, Adjani was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar and quickly received offers for roles in Hollywood films, such as Walter Hill's 1978 crime thriller The Driver. She played Lucy in the German director Werner Herzog's 1979 remake of Nosferatu.

In 1981, Adjani received a double Cannes Film Festival's best actress award for her roles in the Merchant Ivory film Quartet, based on the novel by Jean Rhys, and in the horror film Possession (1981). The following year, she received her first César Award for Possession, in which she had portrayed a woman having a nervous breakdown. In 1983, she won her second César for her depiction of a vengeful woman in the French blockbuster One Deadly Summer.

That same year, Adjani released the French pop album Pull marine, written and produced by Serge Gainsbourg. She starred in a music video for the hit title song, "Pull Marine", which was directed by Luc Besson.

In 1988, she co-produced and starred in a biopic of the 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 recognition, she was chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world.

She received her fourth César for the 1994 film Queen Margot, an ensemble epic directed by Patrice Chéreau. She received her fifth César for Skirt Day (2009), the most that any actress has received. The film features her as a middle school teacher in a troubled French suburb who takes her class hostage when she accidentally fires off a gun she found on one of her students. It was premiered on the French Arte channel on March 20, 2009, attaining a record 2.2 million viewers) and then in movie theaters on March 25, 2009.[16]

In 2011 Adjani was named "The Most Beautiful Woman in Film" by the Los Angeles Times magazine.

Personal life[edit]

Isabelle Adjani at the hôtel Amour, October 21st 2012.

In 1979 she had a son, Barnabe Nuytten, with the cinematographer Bruno Nuytten.[10] Adjani was romantically linked to the actor Warren Beatty from 1986 to 1987. From 1989 to 1995, she had a relationship with Daniel Day Lewis,[10] who left before the birth of their son, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, in 1995.[17]

Adjani was later engaged to the composer Jean Michel Jarre; they broke up in 2004.[17]

In 2009, Adjani criticized statements by Pope Benedict XVI claiming that condoms are not an effective method of AIDS prevention.[18]

Honors[edit]

In addition to specific awards for particular films, Adjani was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur on 14 July 2010 for her artistic contributions.[19]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1970Petit bougnat, LeLe Petit bougnatRose
1972Faustine et le bel étéCamille
1973L'avare (film 1973)MarianeProduced by the Comédie-Française
1974La GifleIsabelle DouleanSpecial David di Donatello
1975Story of Adèle H., TheThe Story of Adèle H.Adèle HugoCartagena Film Festival Golden India Catalina for Best Actress
David di Donatello for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
1976Tenant, TheThe TenantStella
1976BaroccoLaureNominated—César Award for Best Actress
1977Violette & FrançoisViolette Clot
1978Driver, TheThe DriverThe Player
1979Nosferatu the VampyreLucy HarkerBambi Award for Best Actress
1979Brontë Sisters, TheThe Brontë SistersEmily Brontë
1981Clara et les Chics TypesClara
1981PossessionAnna/HelenCannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
César Award for Best Actress
1981QuartetMarya ZelliCannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
1981L' Année prochaine... si tout va bienIsabelle
1982Tout feu, tout flammePauline Valance
1982AntonietaAntonieta Rivas Mercado
1983Mortelle randonnéeCatherine Leiris/Lucie, 'Marie'
1983One Deadly SummerEliane known as 'Elle'César Award for Best Actress
1985SubwayHélénaNominated—César Award for Best Actress
1986T'as de beaux escaliers tu sais
1987IshtarShirra Assel
1988Camille ClaudelCamille ClaudelCésar Award for Best Actress
Silver Bear for Best Actress at Berlin[20]
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
1993Toxic AffairPénélope
1994Queen MargotMargotCésar Award for Best Actress
1996DiaboliqueMia Baran
1998PaparazziIsabelle Adjani
2002Repentie, LaLa RepentieCharlotte/Leïla
2002AdolpheEllénoreCabourg Romantic Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2003Bon voyageViviane Denvers
2003Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du CoranLa star
2009journée de la jupe, LaLa journée de la jupeSonia BergeracCésar Award for Best Actress
Television Festival Award for Best Actress
2010MammuthThe Lost Love of SergeEntered into the 60th Berlin International Film Festival
2011De ForceClara Damico
2012David et Madame HansenMadame Hansen-Bergmann
2013Ishkq in ParisMarie Elise

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "Isabelle Adjani". Allmovie. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  2. ^ People Magazine. "Isabelle Adjani Has the Face That's Launching a Thousand Scripts". Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  3. ^ Love Film. "French Heartbreakers". Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  4. ^ Chantal, Thompson; Phillips, Elaine (2012), "Trois grandes stars françaises: Isabelle Adjani", Mais Oui!, Volume 1, Cengage Learning, p. 13, ISBN 1-111-83582-9 
  5. ^ Auzias, Dominique; Labourdette, Jean-Paul (2006), "Les comediens: Isabelle Adjani", Hauts de Seine, Petit Futé, p. 35, ISBN 2-7469-1351-8 
  6. ^ Isabelle Adjani : « Mon père, kabyle, s'était engagé dans l'armée française à 16 ans, et c'est en remontant d'Italie jusqu'en Bavière à la fin de la seconde guerre mondiale qu'il rencontre et séduit ma mère » Interview with Isabelle Adjani, Télérama, March 2009
  7. ^ « Allemande rencontrée en Bavière qu'épousa à la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale Mohammed Adjani, soldat kabyle de l'armée française », Jean de La Guérivière, Amère Méditerranée: Le Maghreb et nous, Seuil, 2004, p.391
  8. ^ Isabelle Adjani : « Mon père, kabyle, s'était engagé dans l'armée française à 16 ans, et c'est en remontant d'Italie jusqu'en Bavière à la fin de la seconde guerre mondiale qu'il rencontre et séduit ma mère », Interview Isabelle Adjani, Télérama, 31 March 2009
  9. ^ "Ma mère était bavaroise. Elle se sentait très mal en France, où elle était arrivée sans parler un mot de français. Elle ne supportait pas que son mari soit algérien. Elle disait qu'il était d'origine turque et je le croyais. Entre mes parents, il y avait un racisme conjugal. Ma mère traitait mon père de crouille et mon père lui répondait : Sale boche. Il s'appelait Mohammed mais ma mère l'avait obligé à changer de prénom. Sur notre boîte aux lettres, il y avait: Cherif Adjani. Mamère trouvait que ça faisait américain.", Adjani la vérité, Interview Isabelle Adjani, Le Nouvel Observateur, 1985
  10. ^ a b c "Isabelle Adjani". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  11. ^ Kemp, Philip. "Isabelle Adjani". Film Reference. Retrieved 8 September 2008. 
  12. ^ Applefield, David (November 2001). "Isabelle Adjani". Paris Voice. 
  13. ^ Isabelle Adjani at the Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ Pauline Kael Reviews, Retrieved on 8 September 2008.
  15. ^ Kael, Pauline (1980). When The Lights Go Down. Henry Holt & Co. ISBN 0-03-042511-5. 
  16. ^ "La journée de la jupe". 
  17. ^ a b Watson, Shane (15 August 2004). "The dumping game". The Times (UK). Retrieved 19 June 2007. 
  18. ^ "Adjani traite le pape de "peste blanche"". 20 Minuten. 25 March 2009. 
  19. ^ "Légion d'honneur : Aubrac, Bouygues, Pérol, Adjani, Bolling parmi les promus", Le Monde, 14 juillet 2010
  20. ^ "Berlinale: 1989 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 

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