Isabelle Yasmine Adjani is a French film actress and singer. Adjani has appeared in 30 films since 1970. She won four César Awards in Possession (1981), One Deadly Summer (1983), Camille Claudel (1988), and Queen Margot (1994). Also she received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. She performs in French, English, and German.
Adjani was born in an immigrant neighborhood Gennevilliers, a suburb of Paris to an Algerian father, Mohammed Cherif Adjani, and a German mother, Augusta, called "Gusti". She grew up speaking German fluently as a first language. After winning a school recitation contest, she began acting in amateur theater by the age of twelve. At the age of 14, she starred in her first motion picture Le Petit bougnat (1970)
She first gained fame as a classical actress for her interpretation of Agnès, the main female role in Molière's L'Ecole des femmes, but soon left the Comédie française she had joined in 1972 to pursue a film career. After minor roles in several films, she enjoyed modest success in the 1974 film La Gifle (or The Slap). The following year, she landed her first major role in François Truffaut's The Story of Adèle H. Critics enthused over her performance, with Pauline Kael calling her acting talents "Prodigious". All this attention resulted in a nomination for the Best Actress Oscar and offers for rôles in Hollywood films, such as Walter Hill's 1978 crime thriller The Driver. She then played Lucy in Werner Herzog's 1979 remake of Nosferatu (1979) .
In 1981, Adjani received the Cannes Film Festival's best actress award for the Merchant Ivory film Quartet based on the novel by Jean Rhys, and for the horror film Possession. The following year, she received her first César Award for Possession