Isabelle Adjani

Actor, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/27/1955 in Germany


Actor (32)

French Women 2014 (Movie)


David et Madame Hansen 2012 (Movie)


By Force 2011 (Movie)


Mammuth 2011 (Movie)

The Lost Lover (Actor)

Skirt Day 2010 (Movie)

Sonia Bergerac (Actor)

Nosferatu 2008 (Movie)

Lucy Harker (Actor)

Bon Voyage 2004 (Movie)

Viviane (Actor)

Monsieur Ibrahim 2003 (Movie)

La Star (Actor)

Adolphe 2002 (Movie)


The Repentant 2002 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Paparazzi 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Diabolique 1996 (Movie)

Mia Baran (Actor)

Queen Margot 1994 (Movie)

Marguerite de Valois--Queen Margot (Actor)

Toxic Affair 1993 (Movie)

Penelope (Actor)

Lung Ta: Les cavaliers du vent 1990 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Camille Claudel 1989 (Movie)

Camille Claudel (Actor)

Ishtar 1987 (Movie)

Shirra Assel (Actor)

Subway 1985 (Movie)

Helena (Actor)

One Deadly Summer 1983 (Movie)

Eliane--Elle (Actor)

Antonieta 1981 (Movie)


Mortelle Randonnee 1981 (Movie)


Quartet 1981 (Movie)

Marya Zelli (Actor)

Possession 1980 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Tout feu, tout flamme 1980 (Movie)

Pauline Valance (Actor)

The Driver 1978 (Movie)

Player (Actor)

The Bronte Sisters 1977 (Movie)

Emily Bronte (Actor)

Barocco 1976 (Movie)

Laure (Actor)

Violette et Francois 1976 (Movie)

Violette (Actor)

The Tenant 1975 (Movie)

Stella (Actor)

The Story of Adele H. 1974 (Movie)

Adele Hugo (Actor)

La Gifle 1973 (Movie)

Isabelle (Actor)

Faustine et le bel ete 1970 (Movie)

Camille (Actor)
Producer (1)

Camille Claudel 1989 (Movie)



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.



Mohammed Adjani

Muslim Algerian served in French army died c. 1983

Gabriel Adjani

born April 1995 father Daniel Day-Lewis

Eric Adjani

appeared in Joseph Losey's film "Don Giovanni"

Warren Beatty Actor

Together from 1986-87 No longer together

Daniel Day-Lewis Actor

Met c. 1989 Carried on intermittent relationship for about five years until c. 1994; split when Adjani became pregnant with their son Gabriel

Bruno Nuytten Director of Photography

no longer together Flemish met in 1976 father of Adjani's son Barnabe

Barnabe Nuytten

born c. 1980 father Bruno Nuytten


Ecole Florent


attended girls' lycee in Courbevoie, France



Assumed role originally meant for Sophie Marceau in "Bon Voyage", directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau


Appeared in the drama "Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran"



Returned to screen acting after a five-year hiatus starring in "The Repentent"


Had female lead in "Adolphe"


Made rare stage acting appearance in the title role of a Parisian production of "La Dame aux Camelias"


Teamed with Sharon Stone in the remake of "Diabolique"


Received praise for her portrayal of the titular monarch in "La Reine Margot/Queen Margot", directed by Patrice Chereau


First film as producer (also actress), "Camille Claudel"; directed by Nuytten; earned second Best Actress Academy Award nomination


Returned to the stage in unsuccessful production of "Miss Julie"


First US film, "The Driver"


First collaboration with Bruno Nuytten, "Barocco"


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


First leading film role in "The Slap"


Became youngest member of Comedie Francaise; refused 20 year membership; stayed for two years


TV debut in "Le secret des Flamands/The Secret of the Flemish"5


Feature film acting debut aged 14 in "Le Petit Bougnat"

Established Lilith Films

Raised in the immigrants quarter (Gennevilliers) of Paris; spoke German as a first language

While at all-girl lycee, directed and played male lead in Moliere's "Les Fourberies de Scapin"

Bonus Trivia


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 ..."