Nastassja Kinski

Nastassja Kinski

Her role as the title character in 'Tess'

Background:

“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.” Nastassja
Kinski

German actress Nastassja Kinski received recognition and became famous with her
star-making role, as Tess D’Urberville’ in Roman Polanski’s sumptuous Tess
(1979), for which she won a Golden Globe Award. She is also well-known for her
prolific collaborations with the legendary film maker Wim Wenders in Wrong Move
(1975, nabbed a German Film Award) and Paris, Texas (1984, earned critical
praise as the wife). The Golden Globe winner was handed a second German Film
Award in Spring Symphony (1983), an Italian National Syndicate of Film
Journalists Award in Maria’s Lovers (1984) and a Wine Country Film Festival in
The Magic of Marciano (2000). Kinski is also known by American for playing roles
in such movies as Terminal Velocity (1994), One Night Stand (1997) and Your
Friends and Neighbors (1998), among others.

Off screen, the gifted linguist Kinski (she is a fluent German, English, French,
Italian and Russian speaker) is widely known for her intergenerational romances
with Poland film maker Roman Polanski (25 years her senior), and entrepreneur
Quincy Jones (lived together for 1992-94), who becomes the father of her
daughter Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones. Her love life has also been linked to
director Paul Schrader (had relationship while on the set of Cat People),
Jonathan Krane and director Jean-Jacques Beineix. The 1988 jury member of the
Cannes Film Festival also gained notoriety after spending several days in a
German prison in 1978 for a sin youth, including using public transportation
many times without paying and refusing to pay the fines. She was released after
five days due to good conduct. On more positive note, the vegan Kinski supported
the International Red Cross financially and in the media.

As for her marriage life, Kinski was married to producer M Ibrahim Moussa in
1984-1992, and shares two children with him.


Progeny of Actors

Childhood and Family:

Daughter of the late German actor Klaus Kinski and actress Ruth Brigitte Toecki,
Nastassja Nakszynski, later famous as Nastassja Kinski, was born on January 24,
1961, in Berlin, Germany. Her parents divorced when Kinski was seven. Rarely
meeting her father since at age 10, young Kinski lived in poverty under the care
of her single mother. They eventually settled in a commune in Munich. From his
father’s side, Kinski has two half siblings, a brother named Nikolai Kinski and
a sister named Pola Kinski, who both are actors, and is the niece of actress
Lara Naszinsky. She was trained at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Institute,
under the urge of director-lover Roman Polanski.

In September 10, 1984, Kinski married Egyptian producer Ibrahim Moussa. Three
months before, on June 29, their first child, son Aljosha Moussa, was born.
Their daughter, Sonia Moussa, now a model, was born on March 2, 1986. After an
eight-year marriage, the couple decided to call it quit in 1992. Kinski also has
a daughter, Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones (born on February 9, 1993), with
Quincy Jones.


The Magic of Marciano

Career:

Born into celebrity parents, 14-year-old Nastassja Kinski was spotted by the
German New Wave actress Lisa Kreuzer while dancing in a Munich nightclub and
soon got her first taste in front of the film camera as the dumb Mignon in the
drama The Wrong Move (1975), which was directed by Kreuzer’s husband Wim Wenders.
She did some stripped scenes in the film. Aside from the nudity, Kinski proved
she was more than a pretty face by nabbing a German Film for Outstanding
Individual Achievement. She continued with supporting parts in several films,
including the British Hammer horror To The Devil... A Daughter (1976), and made
her TV movie debut in Wolfgang Petersen’s Reifezeungnis, a year later.

“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.” Nastassja Kinski

After a six-month learning method acting with Lee Strasberg in the U.S, Kinski
had a breakthrough screen role when filmmaker Roman Polanski cast her as the
title character of Tess (1979). Portraying a girl from a poor environment whose
lucks rise and fall after she is plunge into “respectful” society, Kinski’s
performance was widely appreciated, and she won a 1981 Golden Globe for New Star
of the Year and was nominated for the Best Actress Golden Globe Award. She
further elevated her profile by posing nude for a best-selling poster by the
renowned photographer Richard Avedon.

With a newfound fame, Kinski entered on Hollywood industry with roles in the
Francis Ford Coppola-helmed bumpy drama One From the Heart (1982), starring
Frederic Forrest and Teri Garr, and director Paul Schrader’s horror Cat People
(1982), costarring with Malcolm McDowell. Both films were successful cinematic
contributions, but her free-spirited, sex-charged yet unapproachable screen
persona did not ignite American viewers.

For the remainder of 1980s, she went on to make films though almost all were box
office failures. In German film Spring Symphony (1983), she won a second German
Film for Outstanding Individual Achievement for her fine supporting turn as
pianist Clara Wieck, and starred as an affluent woman involved with Gerard
Depardieu in French director Jean-Jacques Beineix’s The Moon in the Gutter
(1983), where she was negatively responded by critics. In 1984, Kinski had leads
in two Hollywood productions: the unsatisfying remake Unfaithfully Yours (as
Dudley Moore’s wife) and Tony Richardson’s The Hotel New Hampshire (with Rob
Lowe and Jodie Foster). The same year, the sexy actress was praised for her role
as wife Jane in Wim Wenders’ little seen Paris, Texas, and took home an Italian
National Syndicate of Film Journalists for Best Actress after playing Maria
Bosic in Maria’s Lovers. However, Kenski made a wrong choice in the next year
when she took on the role of Al Pacino’s love interest in the disappointing
Revolution.

In early 1990s, Kinski broke into American TV with a second lead as Katia ‘K.C.’
Koslovska, opposite Thomas Ian Griffith, in the HBO action film Crackerjack
(1994), for director Michael Mazo, and two years later, she essayed the starring
role of a German war widow who escapes to America to begin a new life in the NBC
drama Danielle Steel’s The Ring. As for features, Kinski had a critical success
with her costarring turn as Charlie Sheen’s skydiving student Chris Morrow in
Terminal Velocity (1994). The success, combined with her much-published off
screen life in the 90s helped Kinski become more mainstreams. She was then seen
in a number of American productions such as Somebody Is Waiting (1996, along
with Gabriel Byrne), Fathers’ Day (1997, opposite Robin Williams and Billy
Crystal), Little Boy Blue (1997, along side Ryan Phillippe and John Savage),
Mike Figgis’ critically acclaimed One Night Stand (1997, with Wesley Snipes),
Savior (1998) and Susan’s Plan (1998, with Billy Zane). Kinski delivered a
bright supporting turn as a lesbian artist’s assistant in the writer/director
Neil LaBute’s Your Friends and Neighbors (1998).

In the new millennium, Kinski once again scored an international acclaim by
picking up a Wine Country Film Festival for Best Actress for her brilliant
portrayal of Katie, opposite Cody Morgan, in Tony Barbieri’s The Magic of
Marciano (2000). She kept on her hectic schedule by taking on roles in A Storm
in Summer (2000, TV), Red Letters (2000), Time Share (2000), The Claim (2000),
Cold Heart (2001), Blind Terror (2001, TV), Town & Country (2001), An American
Rhapsody (2001), Say Nothing (2001), Diary of a Sex Addict (2001), The Day the
World Ended (2001, TV), Beyond the City Limits (2001), .com for Murder (2002)
and All Around the Town (2002, TV). Her more recent projects include Mario
Andreacch’s biopic Paradise Found (2003, along side Kiefer Sutherland), the
drama-romance miniseries Dangerous Liaisons (2003, costarred Rupert Everett and
Catherine Deneuve), the sci-fi/ thriller film À ton image (2004, opposite
Christopher Lambert and Audrey DeWilder) for director Aruna Villiers as well as
the made-for-TV film La Femme Musketeer (2004), starring with Gérard Depardieu
and Michael York.


Awards:

Wine Country Film Festival: Best Actress, The Magic of Marciano, 2000
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Best Actress - Foreign
Film, Maria’s Lovers, 1985
German Film: Outstanding Individual Achievement - Actress, Spring
Symphony, 1983
Golden Globe: New Star of the Year- Female, Tess, 1981
German Film: Outstanding Individual Achievement - Actress, The Wrong
Move, 1975
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