Pola Kinski

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Pola Kinski
Born Pola Nakszynski
(1952-03-23) 23 March 1952 (age 64)
Berlin, Germany
Occupation Actress
Parent(s) Klaus Kinski
Gislinde Kühlbeck

Pola Kinski (born Pola Nakszynski; 23 March 1952) is a German actress. The daughter of the German actor Klaus Kinski, she published her autobiography in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Born Pola Nakszynski, she is the daughter of Klaus Kinski, who became a renowned German actor, and his first wife, the singer Gislinde Kühlbeck. After her father changed his surname to Kinski, it was changed for his children as well. Her parents divorced in 1955 when Pola was three, and she later spent time with each of her parents in the subsequent years. Her mother remarried to Herbert Kuhlbeck.

Her father remarried twice and had a child with each of his wives. Pola is the half sister of Nastassja Kinski, an actress, and Nikolai Kinski, an actor. They barely saw each other while growing up.

She claimed in her biography, Kindermund (2013) (English: The Mouth of a Child), to have been sexually abused by her father between the ages of 5 and 19.[1] She was afraid to tell anyone until she was 19, when she told her mother and stepfather.[2] When her revelation was covered by Die Welt and other media, her half-sister Nastassja wrote, "My sister is a hero. Because she has freed her heart, her soul, and thus their future from the burden of the mystery."[2]


In the early 1970s, Kinski studied acting at the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich.[citation needed]

In addition to gaining early film roles, she acted at the Schauspielhaus Bochum and the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. In the 1970s she worked with Peter Zadek and the director Ivan Nagel.

From 1977 onwards, Kinski worked as a freelance actor in German-language productions. She lived in Berlin and Paris. She has also appeared in several television films, including some produced in the early 2000s.

Marriage and family[edit]

She married Wolfgang Hoepner, a lawyer, and they live in Ludwigshafen. They have three children: Janina (born 1978), Valentin (born 1986) and Nanouk.


  • 1977: Das Ende der Beherrschung (TV)
  • 1977: Fehlschuß (TV)
  • 1978: Zwischengleis (aka Yesterday's Tomorrow, Film)
  • 1980: Ohne Rückfahrkarte (Film)
  • 1980: Sonntagskinder (Film)
  • 1981: Don Quichottes Kinder (TV)
  • 1983: Das Dorf (TV)
  • 1985: Ein Fall für zwei: Fluchtgeld (TV)
  • 1986: Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg (TV)
  • 1987: Komplizinnen (TV)
  • 2001: Bella Block: Bitterer Verdacht (TV)
  • 2004: Tatort: Hundeleben (TV)
  • 2007: Wir werden uns wiederseh'n (Film)


  1. ^ Patrick Jackson (2013-01-10). "German actor Klaus Kinski 'abused his daughter Pola'". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ a b [Dagmar von Taube and Kreitling Holger, Pola Kinski, "I was afraid of an uncertain threat"], Die Welt, 13 January 2013, accessed 3 September 2013

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