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 habitués 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.