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Nastassja Kinski Biography

Birth Name:
Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski
Birth Place:
West Berlin, West Germany

Fast Facts

  • Lived in a commune in Munich, West Germany, with her mother after her parents' divorce
  • Moved to the United States when director Roman Polanski convinced her to study acting and English for her role in Tess (1979)
  • As a teenager she was neighbors, and later roommates, with Demi Moore; she encouraged Moore to go into modeling and acting
  • At 18, she was photographed by Richard Avedon in what became her signature image - nude, with a large python wrapped around her body
  • An active supporter of the International Red Cross, Sports for Peace and Cinema for Peace


  • 1988César Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1981Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: winner
  • 1981Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1980César Awards-Best Actress: nominated