6 April 1960
|Alma mater||Berlin University of the Arts|
|Occupation||Actress, theater director and writer|
|Children||Aaron and Leonard Altaras|
|Parent(s)||Jakob and Thea Altaras|
Altaras was born in Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia to Jewish parents, Jakob and Thea Altaras. Due to political persecution[clarification needed] she escaped Zagreb, with her mother in 1964 to Italy, in a car by her Italian uncle. She stayed with her mother in Italy for a few years, enough that she learns Italian.
From Italy she moved to Konstanz, Germany in 1967. After high school education, Altaras graduated from the Berlin University of the Arts. Altaras completed her academic studies in New York City. She founded the Western Stadthirschen theater in Berlin where she works as an actress, director and writer. In 1982 she made her movie debut, and in 1989 she had a lead role in Der Philosoph, directed by Rudolf Thome. However, the focus of her work remained with the various theater projects. She worked as a theater director at the Berliner Ensemble and Neuköllner Oper in Berlin. In 1998 she received the Deutscher Filmpreis Award.
- Titos Brille, Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2011
- Doitscha : eine jüdische Mutter packt aus, Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2015 ISBN 9783462047097
- "Adriana Altaras" (in Croatian). Goethe-Institut. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- Mangold, Ijoma. "Meine Tante schmuggelte mich raus" (in German). Die Zeit. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- "Meine strapaziöse Familie" (in German). Das Erste. 25 September 2012. Archived from the original on 28 November 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- Altaras, Adriana (2015). Doitscha: eine jüdische Mutter packt aus. Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch. ISBN 978-3-462-04709-7.