Nastassja Kinski in 2009
|Born||Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski
24 January 1961
|Spouse(s)||Ibrahim Moussa (m. 1984–92)|
|Partner(s)||Quincy Jones (1992–1995)|
Ruth Brigitte Tocki
|Relatives||Pola Kinski (half sister)
Nikolai Kinski (half-brother)
Kinski's starring roles include the title character in Tess (1979), for which she won a Golden Globe Award, and her role in Paris, Texas (1984), which won numerous awards. It is one of a number of films she made with German director Wim Wenders. The daughter of the actor Klaus Kinski, she began her career as a model.
Born in Berlin as Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski, Kinski is the daughter of the German actor Klaus Kinski and his wife, actress Ruth Brigitte Tocki. She is of part Polish descent. Kinski has two half-siblings; Pola and Nikolai Kinski. Her parents divorced in 1968.
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." In 2013, when interviewed about the allegations of sexual abuse made by her half-sister Pola Kinski, she confirmed that he tried with her, but did not succeed. She said:
"He was no father. 99 percent of the time I was terrified of him. He was so unpredictable that the family lived in constant terror." When asked what she would say to him now, if she had the chance, she replied: "I would do anything to put him behind bars for life. I am glad he is no longer alive."
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. 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.
She has said that during this period, she felt exploited by the industry. In an interview with W magazine 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."
In 1978 Kinski starred in the Italian romance Stay As You Are (Cosi come sei) with Marcello Mastroianni, gaining her recognition in the United States after New Line Cinema released it there in December 1979. Time magazine wrote that she was "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 1982 she starred in Francis Ford Coppola's romantic musical One from the Heart, her first film made in the United States. 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.
Paris, Texas (1984), one of her most acclaimed films to date, won the top award at the Cannes Film Festival. During 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.
In One From the Heart, director Francis Ford Coppola brought Kinski to the U.S. Texas Monthly described her as acting "as a "Felliniesque circus performer to represent the twinkling evanescence of Eros." The film failed at the box office and was a major loss for Coppola's new Zoetrope Studios.
In 1976, when Kinski was 15, she reportedly began a romantic relationship with then 43-year-old director Roman Polanski. In a 1999 interview, she said, "There was categorically no affair... There was a flirtation. There could have been a seduction, but there was not. He had respect for me."
Marriage and children
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), and daughter Sonja Kinski (born 1986), who works as a model and actress. The marriage was dissolved in 1992.
Awards and nominations
- The Wrong Move (1975) 
- To the Devil a Daughter (1976) 
- Tatort: Reifezeugnis (1977) 
- Passion Flower Hotel (1978) also released as Boarding School (1978)
- Così come sei (also known as Stay As You Are, 1978) 
- Tess (1979) 
- One from the Heart (1982) 
- Cat People (1982)
- Exposed (1983)
- Frühlingssinfonie (de) (1983) ("Spring Symphony")
- 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 (fr) (1987)
- Torrents of Spring (1989)
- Crystal or Ash, Fire or Wind, as Long as It's Love (1989)
- Humiliated and Insulted (1991)
- The Sun Also Shines at Night (1990)
- The Secret (1990)
- 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 (fr) (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)
- Inland Empire (2006)
- Sugar (2013)
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- Welsh, James Michael; Gene D. Phillips; Rodney Hill. The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia, Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press Inc., 2010, p. 154
- "Daddy's Girl". London: Guardian. 3 July 1999. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
- Jackson, Patrick (10 January 2013). "German actor Klaus Kinski 'abused his daughter Pola'". BBC News Online. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- Roxborough, Scott (9 January 2013). "Klaus Kinski's Daughter Claims He Sexually Abused Her". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
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- Coppola, Francis Ford; Phillips, Gene D.; Hill, Rodney. Francis Ford Coppola: Interviews, Univ. Press of Mississippi, (2004) p. 136
- Texas Monthly, March 1982 p. 175
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- Curtis, Bryan (3 October 2009). "Roman's Holiday Where has Polanski been hiding?". Slate Magazine.
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- "An Exultant Nastassja Kinski Shows Off Her Healthy Son—and Her Future Husband". People. 23 July 1984.
- Docherty, Cameron (26 September 1997). "Nastassja Kinski: Still a daddy's girl". London: Independent.co.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
- Ellis, Bill. Raising the Devil: Satanism, New Religions, and the Media, The University Press of Kentucky, 2000, p. 159
- Bach, Hans-Michael; Tim Bergfelder. The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopedia of German Cinema, Berghahn Books, 2009, p. 360
- "Cosi' come sei (1978)". The New York Times.
- Mazierska, Ewa Nabokov's Cinematic Afterlife MacFarland and Company Jefferson, North Carolina 2011 page 48
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- "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