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Isabelle Adjani


Isabelle Yasmina Adjani is a French film actress and singer of German and Algerian-Turkish descent who is a five-time winner of the César Award for Best Actress for her roles in "Possession" (1981), "One Deadly Summer" (1983) "Camille Claudel" (1988), "La Reine Margot" (1994) and "Skirt Day" (2009). She was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 2010 and a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2014.


After success in the Comédie-Française, Ms. Adjani's lauded performance as Adele Hugo in the 1975 film "The Story of Adele H.," earned her the first of two nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her second nomination for Camille Claudel, made her the first French actress to receive two nominations.


Ms. Adjani also won Best Actress at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival for "Possession" and "Quartet," and the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 1989 Berlin Film Festival for "Camille Claudel." Her other films include "The Tenant" (1976), "Nosferatu the Vampire" (1979), "Subway" (1985), "Diabolique" (1996) and "French Women" (2014).

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