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Nastassja Kinski

   

Birth name:

Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski

Born:

24-Jan-1959

Birthplace:

Berlin, Germany

Gender:

Female

Race or Ethnicity:

White

Sexual orientation:

Straight

Occupation:

Actress, Model

Nationality:

Germany

Executive summary:

Cat People

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)

 
 

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Nastassja Kinski - Biography

 

Nastassja Kinski (born January 24, 1959) is a German-born American-based actress who has appeared in more than 60 films. Her starring roles include her Golden Globe Award-winning portrayal of the title character in Tess and her roles in two erotic films (Stay As You Are and Cat People), as well as parts in Wim Wenders' films The Wrong Move, Paris, Texas, and Faraway, So Close!. In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Kinski was widely regarded as an international sex symbol: Richard Avedon's photo of her, nude with a large python, was marketed as a poster.

Born in Berlin as Nastassja Aglaia Nakszyński, Kinski is the daughter of the German actor Klaus Kinski from his marriage to actress Ruth Brigitte Tocki. Her parents divorced in 1968. Kinski rarely saw her father after the age of 10. Kinski and her mother struggled financially. They eventually lived in a commune in Munich.

Kinski's career began in Germany where she started as a model. At 15, the German New Wave actress Lisa Kreuzer placed her in the role of the dumb Mignon in Wim Wenders' film The Wrong Move. In 1976 she had her first major role in the feature length film and Wolfgang Petersen directed episode Reifezeugnis of the German TV crime series Tatort. Also in 1976, in her mid-teens, she starred in the British Hammer Film Productions' horror film To the Devil a Daughter (1976). Kinski has gained notoriety through nude appearances in these films while still a minor. This is linked to controversy as to the year of her birth, apparently reported to American authorities as 1959, although German records purportedly indicate 1961. (Variety cites 1960.) She has stated that, as a child, she felt exploited by the industry and told a journalist from W Magazine, "If I had had somebody to protect me or if I had felt more secure about myself, I would not have accepted certain things. Nudity things. And inside it was just tearing me apart."
Kinski starred in Stay as you are (1978) with Marcello Mastroianni. New Line Cinema released it in the United States in December 1979, helping Kinski to get more recognition there. Time magazine said: "Kinski is simply ravishing, genuinely sexy and high-spirited without being painfully aggressive about it." Director Roman Polanski urged Kinski to study acting with Lee Strasberg in the United States and cast her in his film, Tess (1979). In 1981, photographer Richard Avedon photographed Kinski with a serpent coiled around her naked body.
In 1982 Kinski appeared in the Francis Ford Coppola/Dean Tavoularis collaboration One from the Heart, which bankrupted Coppola's American Zoetrope studio. In 1982 she made Cat People, and then Unfaithfully Yours, and The Hotel New Hampshire, a critical and commercial failure. Critics praised her in Paris, Texas, which won awards at Cannes. In the United States, however, the film was not widely released. Kinski then split her time between Europe and the United States, making Moon in the Gutter (1983), Harem (1985) and Torrents of Spring (1989) in Europe and Exposed (1983), Maria’s Lovers (1984) and Revolution(1985) in the U.S. Kinski's luck turned in the 1990s when she appeared in films such as Terminal Velocity opposite Charlie Sheen, and Mike Figgis' critically acclaimed One Night Stand.
Appearances of note have included Martin Donovan's Somebody Is Waiting (1996), Neil LaBute's Your Friends & Neighbors (1998), John Landis' Susan's Plan (1998), Chris Menges' The Lost Son (1999), Michael Winterbottom's The Claim (2000), and David Lynch's Inland Empire (2006).

At 15 Kinski's romantic relationship with director Roman Polanski began.
In the mid-1980s Kinski met Egyptian filmmaker Ibrahim Moussa. They married on September 10,1984. They raised her son (by actor Vincent Spano), Aljosha (born June 29, 1984) and daughter, Sonja Kinski, now a model (born March 2, 1986). The marriage was dissolved in 1992. From 1991 until 1997 Kinski lived with musician Quincy Jones. On February 9, 1993, their daughter, Kenya Julia Miambi Sara Jones, was born.
Kinski speaks German, French, English, Italian and Russian fluently.

 

Nastassja Kinski - Personal Quotes

 

"The years went by so fast and, even though I've had children, which makes me feel I've lived a long time, I feel I didn't really grow up. I want to fulfill the desire I have to do things that are beautiful and meaningful."

On Roman Polanski, who directed her in Tess (1979): "As a director, he was 10 times more wonderful than as a lover."

 

Nastassja Kinski - Filmography

 

Inland Empire (2006) .... Special Appearance
La Femme Musketeer (2004) (TV) .... Lady Bolton
... aka Lady Musketier - Alle für eine (Germany)
À ton image (2004) .... Mathilde
"Liaisons dangereuses, Les" (2003) (mini) TV Series .... Madame Maria de Tourvel
... aka Dangerous Liaisons (USA)
Paradise Found (2003) .... Mette Gauguin
All Around the Town (2002) (TV) .... Karen Grant
... aka Nous n'irons plus au bois (Canada: French title) (France)
... aka Mary Higgins Clark's 'All Around the Town' (USA: complete title)
.com for Murder (2002) .... Sondra Brummel
Beyond the City Limits (2001) .... Misha
... aka Rip It Off (USA: video title)
... aka Rip Off (UK: DVD title)
"The District" .... Trish (1 episode, 2001)
- Tug of War (2001) TV Episode .... Trish
The Day the World Ended (2001) (TV) .... Dr. Jennifer Stillman
Diary of a Sex Addict (2001) (V) .... Dr. Jane Bordeaux
Say Nothing (2001) .... Grace Needham
... aka Piège d'une liaison, Le (Canada: French title)
An American Rhapsody (2001) .... Margit Sandor
... aka Amerikai rapszódia (Hungary)
Town & Country (2001) .... Alex
... aka Town and Country (Australia: TV title)
Blind Terror (2001) (TV) .... Susan
Cold Heart (2001) .... Linda Cross
The Claim (2000) .... Elena Burn/Elena Dillon
... aka Maître de Kingdom Come, Le (Canada: French title)
... aka Rédemption (France)
Time Share (2000) .... Dr. Julia Weiland
... aka Bitter Suite (UK)
... aka Time Share (Germany: DVD title)
... aka Time Share - Doppelpack im Ferienhaus (Germany: TV title)
... aka Timeshare (Germany)
Red Letters (2000) .... Lydia Davis
The Magic of Marciano (2000) .... Katie
A Storm in Summer (2000) (TV) .... Gloria Ross
The Intruder (1999/I) .... Badge Muller
The Lost Son (1999) .... Deborah Spitz
Quarantine (1999) (TV) .... Dr. Galen Bronty
Playing by Heart (1998) (uncredited) .... The Lawyer
Susan's Plan (1998) .... Susan Holland
... aka Dying to Get Rich (USA: video title)
Your Friends & Neighbors (1998) .... Cheri
Savior (1998) (as Nastassia Kinski) .... Maria Rose
Ciro norte (1998) .... Venus
Bella Mafia (1997) (TV) .... Sophia Luciano
One Night Stand (1997) .... Karen
Little Boy Blue (1997) .... Kate West
Fathers' Day (1997) .... Collette Andrews
Somebody Is Waiting (1996) .... Charlotte Ellis
The Ring (1996) (TV) .... Ariana von Gotthard
... aka Danielle Steel's The Ring (USA: complete title)
Terminal Velocity (1994) .... Chris Morrow
Crackerjack (1994) .... Katia 'K.C.' Koslovska
In weiter Ferne, so nah! (1993) .... Raphaela
... aka Faraway, So Close! (USA)
In camera mia (1992) .... Nastienka
Bionda, La (1992) .... Christine
... aka The Blonde
Unizhennye i oskorblyonnye (1991) (as Anastasiya Kinski) .... Natasha
... aka The Insulted and the Injured
... aka Umiliati e offesi (Italy)
Sole anche di notte, Il (1990) .... Cristina
... aka Night Sun
... aka Soleil même la nuit, Le (France)
... aka Sunshine Even by Night
Segreto, Il (1990) .... Lucia
... aka The Secret
Alba, L' (1990) .... Karin
... aka Dawn
In una notte di chiaro di luna (1989) .... Joëlle
... aka As Long as It's Love
... aka Clair (France)
... aka Crystal or Ash, Fire or Wind, as Long as It's Love
... aka On a Moonlit Night
Torrents of Spring (1989) .... Maria
... aka Acque di primavera (Italy)
... aka Eaux printanières, Les (France: dubbed version)
Magdalene (1989) .... Magdalene
... aka Silent Night
Maladie d'amour (1987) .... Juliette
... aka Malady of Love (International: English title)
Revolution (1985) .... Daisy McConnahay
Harem (1985) .... Diane
Maria's Lovers (1984) .... Maria Bosic
Paris, Texas (1984) .... Jane Henderson
... aka Paris, Texas (West Germany)
The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) .... Susie the Bear
Unfaithfully Yours (1984) .... Daniella Eastman
Lune dans le caniveau, La (1983) .... Loretta
... aka Specchio del desiderio, Lo (Italy)
... aka The Moon in the Gutter (USA)
Exposed (1983) .... Elizabeth Carlson
Frühlingssinfonie (1983) .... Clara Wieck
... aka Spring Symphony
Cat People (1982) (as Nastassia Kinski) .... Irena Gallier
One from the Heart (1982) .... Leila
Tess (1979) .... Tess Durbeyfield
Così come sei (1978) .... Francesca
... aka Así como eres (Spain)
... aka Stay as You Are (USA)
... aka Stay the Way You Are
Leidenschaftliche Blümchen (1978) .... Deborah Collins
... aka Boarding School
... aka Passion Flower Hotel
... aka Preppy School Girls (USA: video title)
... aka Virgin Campus
"Tatort" .... Sina Wolf (1 episode, 1977)
- Reifezeugnis (1977) TV Episode .... Sina Wolf
To the Devil a Daughter (1976) .... Catherine
... aka Braut des Satans, Die (West Germany)
... aka Child of Satan (USA: video title)
... aka To the Devil... a Daughter (USA: poster title)
Falsche Bewegung (1975) (as Nastassja Nakszynski) .... Mignon
... aka False Movement
... aka The Wrong Move (UK)
... aka The Wrong Movement (USA: video title)

 

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