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Nastassja Kinski

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Nastassja Aglaia Kinski born 24 January 196112 is a German actress and former model who has appeared in more than 60 films in Europe and the United States She enjoyed her worldwide breakthrough with Stay As You Are 1978, then came to global prominence with her Golden Globe Award-winning performance as the title character in the Roman Polanski–directed film Tess 1979 Other notable films in which she acted include the erotic horror Cat People 1982, the Wim Wenders dramas Paris, Texas 1984 and Faraway, So Close! 1993, and An American Rhapsody 2001 She is the daughter of the actor Klaus Kinski


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
    • 31 Relationships
    • 32 Marriage and children
    • 33 Health
  • 4 Awards and nominations
  • 5 Selected filmography
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links
    • 71 Videos

Early lifeedit

Kinski was born in Berlin as Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski3 She is the daughter of German actor Klaus Kinski4 and his second wife, actress Ruth Brigitte Tocki5 She is of partial Polish descent as her grandfather Bruno Nakszynski was a Germanized ethnic Pole6 Kinski has two half-siblings; Pola and Nikolai Kinski Her parents divorced in 1968 After the age of 10, Kinski rarely saw her father Her mother struggled financially to support them7 They eventually lived in a commune in Munich

In a 1999 interview, Kinski denied that her father had sexually molested her as a child, but said he had abused her "in other ways"7 In 2013, when interviewed about the allegations of sexual abuse made by her half-sister Pola Kinski,89 she confirmed that he tried with her, but did not succeed She said:


Kinski began working as a model as a teenager in Germany Actress Lisa Kreuzer of the German New Wave helped get her the role of the dumb Mignon in Wim Wenders film The Wrong Move,11 where at the age of 12 she was depicted topless1112

Later, she played one of the leading roles in Wenders' film Paris, Texas 1984, as well as appearing in his Faraway, So Close 1993 In 1976, while still a teenager, Kinski had her first two major roles: in Wolfgang Petersen's feature film-length episode Reifezeugnis of the German TV crime series Tatort Next, she appeared in the British horror film To the Devil a Daughter 1976, produced by Hammer Film Productions, which was released in the UK just 40 days after Kinski's fifteenth birthday, making it a virtual certainty she was only fourteen when her scenes were shot including full frontal nudity In regards to her early films, Kinski has stated that she felt exploited by the industry In an interview with W, she said, "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"13

In 1978, Kinski starred in the Italian romance Stay As You Are Così come sei with Marcello Mastroianni, gaining her recognition in the United States after New Line Cinema released it there in December 1979 Time wrote that she was "simply ravishing, genuinely sexy and high-spirited without being painfully aggressive about it"14 The film also received a major international release from Columbia Pictures

Kinski met the director Roman Polanski at a party in 197615 He urged her to study method acting with Lee Strasberg in the United States and she was offered the title role in Polanski's upcoming film, Tess 1979 In 1978, Kinski underwent extensive preparation for the portrayal of an English peasant girl, which included acquiring a Dorset accent through elocution studies:

Nastassja Kinski with John Savage and Yoni S Hamenachem on the set of Maria's Lovers 1984

The film was nominated for six awards, including Best Picture, at the 53rd Academy Awards, and won three

In 1981, Richard Avedon photographed Kinski with a Burmese python coiled around her nude body5 The image, which first appeared in the October 1981 issue of US Vogue, was released as a poster and became a best-seller, further confirming her status as a sex symbol17

In 1982, she starred in Francis Ford Coppola's romantic musical One from the Heart, her first film made in the United States18 Texas Monthly described her as acting "as a Felliniesque circus performer to represent the twinkling evanescence of Eros"19 The film failed at the box office and was a major loss for Coppola's new Zoetrope Studios That year, she was also in the erotic horror movie Cat People Dudley Moore's comedy Unfaithfully Yours and an adaptation of John Irving's The Hotel New Hampshire followed in 1984

Nastassja Kinski in 1989 Kinski at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival Nastassja Kinski in July 2015

Kinski reteamed with Wenders for the 1984 film Paris, Texas One of her most acclaimed films to date, it won the top award at the Cannes Film Festival Throughout the 1980s, Kinski 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 United States

During the 1990s, Kinski appeared in a number of American films, including the action movie Terminal Velocity opposite Charlie Sheen, the Mike Figgis 1997 adultery tale One Night Stand, Your Friends & Neighbors 1998, John Landis' Susan's Plan 1998, and The Lost Son 1999citation needed

Her most recent films include David Lynch's Inland Empire 2006 and Rotimi Rainwater's Sugar 2013 In 2016, she competed in the German Let's Dance show20

Personal lifeedit


In 1976, when Kinski was 15, she reportedly began a romantic relationship with then 43-year-old director Roman Polanski2122232425 In a 1999 Guardian interview, the newspaper reports her saying there was categorically no affair and that she said, "There was a flirtation There could have been a seduction, but there was not He had respect for me"7

Marriage and childrenedit

In the mid-1980s, Kinski met the Egyptian filmmaker Ibrahim Moussa They married on 10 September 1984 They have two children together; a son Aljosha born 1984,26 and daughter Sonja Kinski born 1986, who works as a model and actress The marriage was dissolved in 1992 From 1992 until 1995, Kinski lived with musician Quincy Jones, though she kept her own apartment on Hilgard Avenue, near UCLA, at the time27 In 1993, they had a daughter, Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones,28 a model known professionally as Kenya Kinski-Jones29


In 2001, Kinski stated in an interview for The Daily Telegraph she was affected by the sleep disorder narcolepsy30

Awards and nominationsedit

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Nastassja Kinski

Selected filmographyedit

  • The Wrong Move 19755
  • To the Devil a Daughter 197631
  • Tatort: Reifezeugnis 197732
  • Passion Flower Hotel also known as Boarding School, 1978
  • Così come sei also known as Stay As You Are, 197833
  • Tess 197934
  • One from the Heart 19825
  • Cat People 1982
  • Exposed 1983
  • Frühlingssinfonie de also known as Spring Symphony, 1983
  • Moon in the Gutter 1983
  • Maria's Lovers 1984
  • Paris, Texas 1984
  • The Hotel New Hampshire 1984
  • Unfaithfully Yours 1984
  • Harem 1985
  • Revolution 1985
  • Maladie d'amour 1987
  • Torrents of Spring 1989
  • Crystal or Ash, Fire or Wind, as Long as It's Love 1989
  • The Secret 1990
  • The Sun Also Shines at Night 1990
  • Humiliated and Insulted 1991
  • Faraway, So Close! 1993
  • Terminal Velocity 1994
  • Crackerjack 1994
  • The Ring 1996
  • Fathers' Day 1997
  • One Night Stand 1997
  • Bella Mafia 1997
  • Little Boy Blue 1997
  • Savior 1998
  • Susan's Plan 1998
  • Playing by Heart 1998
  • Your Friends & Neighbors 1998
  • The Lost Son 1999
  • The Intruder 1999
  • The Claim 2000
  • The Magic of Marciano 2000
  • Time Share 2000
  • Quarantine 2000
  • An American Rhapsody 2001
  • The Day the World Ended 2001
  • Town & Country 2001
  • Blind Terror TV 2001
  • Say Nothing 2001
  • Cold Heart 2001
  • Diary of a Sex Addict 2001
  • com for Murder 2002
  • Paradise Found 2003
  • Les Liaisons dangereuses TV miniseries 2003
  • À ton image 2004
  • La Femme Musketeer TV movie 2004
  • Inland Empire 2006
  • The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars short, 2013
  • Sugar 2013


  1. ^ John Sandford ed 2001, Encyclopedia of Contemporary German Culture Routledge world reference: 340
  2. ^ "Der Spiegel report on Kinski" Spiegelde 15 March 1961 Retrieved 18 April 2010 
  3. ^ The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia 
  4. ^ Davidson, John E Deterritorializing the New German Cinema, Regents of the University of Minnesota, 1999, p 80
  5. ^ a b c d Welsh, James Michael; Gene D Phillips; Rodney Hill The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia, Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press Inc, 2010, p 154
  6. ^ "Obituaries - Klaus Kinski, Polish-Born Actor Who Starred In Werner Herzog Films - Seattle Times Newspaper" 
  7. ^ a b c "Daddy's Girl" London: Guardian 3 July 1999 Retrieved 18 April 2010 
  8. ^ Jackson, Patrick 10 January 2013 "German actor Klaus Kinski 'abused his daughter Pola'" BBC News Online Retrieved 10 January 2013 
  9. ^ Roxborough, Scott 9 January 2013 "Klaus Kinski's Daughter Claims He Sexually Abused Her" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved 10 January 2013 
  10. ^ Biss, Malta 13 January 2013 "Jetzt spricht Nastassja" Bild Retrieved 13 January 2013 
  11. ^ a b Jenkins, David 6 February 2015 "Nastassja Kinski interview: 'I've had such low self-esteem'" The Daily Telegraph Retrieved 9 June 2016 
  12. ^ Dollar, Steve 1 March 2015 "Fresh Takes on Director Wim Wenders" The Wall Street Journal Retrieved 24 July 2016 
  13. ^ Nastassja Kinski interview with Louise Farr "Kinski Business", W, May 1997
  14. ^ RS 21 January 1980 "Cinema: Bedrock Taboo" TIME Retrieved 18 April 2010 
  15. ^ "After 'Tess' and Roman Polanski, Nastassia Kinski trades notoriety for LA Propriety" People 13 April 1981 Retrieved 21 September 2015 
  16. ^ "Working From The Heart: The Career Of Nastassja Kinski" Roger Ebert 25 November 2014 Retrieved 21 September 2015 
  17. ^ Savill, Richard 2009 "Nastassja Kinski snake print to go on sale" The Daily Telegraph Telegraph Media Group Retrieved 29 March 2015 
  18. ^ Coppola, Francis Ford; Phillips, Gene D; Hill, Rodney Francis Ford Coppola: Interviews, Univ Press of Mississippi, 2004 p 136
  19. ^ Texas Monthly, March 1982 p 175
  20. ^ Schauspielerin Nastassja Kinski, hier beim 11 Semperopernball in Dresden, wagt sich bei „Let’s Dance“ aufs Parkett : Die ersten Kandidaten für die neunte Staffel der Tanzshow „Let’s Dance“ stehen fest: Schauspielerin Nastassja Kinski, Schlagersänger Michael Wendler, Sängerin Sarah Lombardi und Moderator Niels Ruf, weltde; accessed 19 December 2016in German
  21. ^ Lester, Peter 13 April 1981 "After 'Tess' and Roman Polanski, Nastassia Kinski Trades Notoriety for LA Propriety" Time Magazine 
  22. ^ Curtis, Bryan 3 October 2009 "Roman's Holiday Where has Polanski been hiding" Slate Magazine Retrieved 19 December 2016 
  23. ^ Gumbel, Andrew 1 March 2003 "Roman Polanski: Cinema's demonic chronicler of the Holocaust" London: The Independent 
  24. ^ Goodwin, Christopher 13 April 2008 "Wanted and Desired: a film that has shone new light on a murky affair" London, UK: TimesOnline UK 
  25. ^ Sandford, Christopher 25 August 2007 "The dark secrets of Roman Polanski" London: The Los Angeles Times 
  26. ^ "An Exultant Nastassja Kinski Shows Off Her Healthy Son—and Her Future Husband" People 23 July 1984 Retrieved 19 December 2016 
  27. ^ Daily Bruin, Monday, 16 January 1995, p 8
  28. ^ Docherty, Cameron 26 September 1997 "Nastassja Kinski: Still a daddy's girl" London: Independentcouk Retrieved 25 May 2010 
  29. ^ Simon, Samantha 15 February 2007 "13 Things to Know About Our Style Crush Kenya Kinski-Jones" InStyle Retrieved 25 April 2017 
  30. ^ Jenkins, David 8 January 2001 "Kith and Kinski" London: The Daily Telegraph Retrieved 22 April 2013 
  31. ^ Ellis, Bill Raising the Devil: Satanism, New Religions, and the Media, The University Press of Kentucky, 2000, p 159
  32. ^ Bach, Hans-Michael; Tim Bergfelder The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopedia of German Cinema, Berghahn Books, 2009, p 360
  33. ^ "Cosi' come sei 1978" The New York Times 
  34. ^ Mazierska, Ewa Nabokov's Cinematic Afterlife MacFarland and Company Jefferson, North Carolina 2011 page 48

External linksedit

  • Nastassja Kinski on Internet Movie Database
  • Nastassja Kinski at the TCM Movie Database
  • Nastassja Kinski at AllMovie
  • "Daddy's Girl", The Guardian, 3 July 1999


  • "One From the Heart" video clip, 5 min
  • Photo slide show video, 3 min
  • David Letterman show part 1
  • David Letterman show, part 2, discussing early career and director Roman Polanski

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