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Born: 27 June 1955, Bavaria.
Yasmine Adjani was born in Bavaria to an Algerian father and a German mother.
The family moved to Paris in her early school years, and Isabelle began
appearing in amateur productions, eventually leading to a film rôle ("Le
petit bougnat") when she was fourteen. Other film, stage and TV appearances
followed. At 19, she signed a 20-year contract with the Comédie Française
(the French national theatre), but chose to opt out in order to pursue
a film career.
Her next movie was to be "The Double", a $60 million adaption of a tale by Dostoevsky, directed in Paris by Roman Polanski. Production ran into difficulties following a dispute between Polanski and the male lead, John Travolta, who walked out of the film at the end of May. Isabelle withdrew from the movie a few weeks later.
The movie will now be directed in America next summer by Lili
Fini Zanuck, with Travolta back on board - but without Adjani.
Articles and Interviews
A translation of an interview in Paris
Match, December 1994. Isabelle talks about the cuts to "La reine
Margot" required for the American market, her feelings about being
passed over for an award at Cannes, her concerns about Algeria, and her
stormy relationship with the press.
Isabelle Adjani c/o Artmédia, 10 avenue George-V 75008 Paris.
Isabelle's entry in the Internet
You can also read the lyrics,
with another picture from the video.
portrait from a 1994 Paris Match cover
on a TV set, 1994
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