Isabelle Anjani

Isabelle Yasmine Adjani was born in Bavaria to an Algerian father and a German mother. The family moved to Paris in her early school years, and Isabelle began appearing in amateur productions, eventually leading to a film rôle ("Le petit bougnat") when she was fourteen. Other film, stage and TV appearances followed. At 19, she signed a 20-year contract with the Comédie Française (the French national theatre), but chose to opt out in order to pursue a film career.

Her first great success was in François Truffaut's "L'histoire d'Adèle H", for which she received an Oscar nomination. She was nominated again in 1989 for her rôle in "Camille Claudel". At the Césars in the same year, she caused controversy by reading passages from Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses" during her acceptance speech for Best Actress.

Isabelle Anjani

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