Nastassja Kinski
Birth Date:
January 24, 1959
Birth Place:
Berlin, West Germany (now Germany)
5'6 1/2
Famous for:
Her role as the title character in 'Tess'
Studied with Lee Strasberg under sponsorship of Roman Polanski (Polish director)
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“The years went by so fast and, even though I’ve had children, which makes me feel I’ve lived a long time, I feel I didn’t really grow up. I want to fulfill the desire I have to do things that are beautiful and meaningful.” Nastassja Kinski

German actress Nastassja Kinski received recognition and became famous with her star-making role, as Tess D’Urberville’ in Roman Polanski’s sumptuous Tess (1979), for which she won a Golden Globe Award. She is also well-known for her prolific collaborations with the legendary film maker Wim Wenders in Wrong Move (1975, nabbed a German Film Award) and Paris, Texas (1984, earned critical praise as the wife). The Golden Globe winner was handed a second German Film Award in Spring Symphony (1983), an Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Award in Maria’s Lovers (1984) and a Wine Country Film Festival in The Magic of Marciano (2000). Kinski is also known by American for playing roles in such movies as Terminal Velocity (1994), One Night Stand (1997) and Your Friends and Neighbors (1998), among others.

Off screen, the gifted linguist Kinski (she is a fluent German, English, French, Italian and Russian speaker) is widely known for her intergenerational romances with Poland film maker Roman Polanski (25 years her senior), and entrepreneur Quincy Jones (lived together for 1992-94), who becomes the father of her daughter Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones. Her love life has also been linked to director Paul Schrader (had relationship while on the set of Cat People), Jonathan Krane and director Jean-Jacques Beineix. The 1988 jury member of the Cannes Film Festival also gained notoriety after spending several days in a German prison in 1978 for a sin youth, including using public transportation many times without paying and refusing to pay the fines. She was released after five days due to good conduct. On more positive note, the vegan Kinski supported the International Red Cross financially and in the media.

As for her marriage life, Kinski was married to producer M Ibrahim Moussa in 1984-1992, and shares two children with him.

Progeny of Actors

Childhood and Family:

Daughter of the late German actor Klaus Kinski and actress Ruth Brigitte Toecki, Nastassja Nakszynski, later famous as Nastassja Kinski, was born on January 24, 1961, in Berlin, Germany. Her parents divorced when Kinski was seven. Rarely meeting her father since at age 10, young Kinski lived in poverty under the care of her single mother. They eventually settled in a commune in Munich. From his father’s side, Kinski has two half siblings, a brother named Nikolai Kinski and a sister named Pola Kinski, who both are actors, and is the niece of actress Lara Naszinsky. She was trained at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Institute, under the urge of director-lover Roman Polanski.

In September 10, 1984, Kinski married Egyptian producer Ibrahim Moussa. Three months before, on June 29, their first child, son Aljosha Moussa, was born. Their daughter, Sonia Moussa, now a model, was born on March 2, 1986. After an eight-year marriage, the couple decided to call it quit in 1992. Kinski also has a daughter, Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones (born on February 9, 1993), with Quincy Jones.

The Magic of Marciano


Born into celebrity parents, 14-year-old Nastassja Kinski was spotted by the German New Wave actress Lisa Kreuzer while dancing in a Munich nightclub and soon got her first taste in front of the film camera as the dumb Mignon in the drama The Wrong Move (1975), which was directed by Kreuzer’s husband Wim Wenders. She did some stripped scenes in the film. Aside from the nudity, Kinski proved she was more than a pretty face by nabbing a German Film for Outstanding Individual Achievement. She continued with supporting parts in several films, including the British Hammer horror To The Devil... A Daughter (1976), and made her TV movie debut in Wolfgang Petersen’s Reifezeungnis, a year later.

“If I had had somebody to protect me or if I had felt more secure about myself, I would not have accepted certain things. Nudity things. And inside it was just tearing me apart.” Nastassja Kinski

After a six-month learning method acting with Lee Strasberg in the U.S, Kinski had a breakthrough screen role when filmmaker Roman Polanski cast her as the title character of Tess (1979). Portraying a girl from a poor environment whose lucks rise and fall after she is plunge into “respectful” society, Kinski’s performance was widely appreciated, and she won a 1981 Golden Globe for New Star of the Year and was nominated for the Best Actress Golden Globe Award. She further elevated her profile by posing nude for a best-selling poster by the renowned photographer Richard Avedon.

With a newfound fame, Kinski entered on Hollywood industry with roles in the Francis Ford Coppola-helmed bumpy drama One From the Heart (1982), starring Frederic Forrest and Teri Garr, and director Paul Schrader’s horror Cat People (1982), costarring with Malcolm McDowell. Both films were successful cinematic contributions, but her free-spirited, sex-charged yet unapproachable screen persona did not ignite American viewers.

For the remainder of 1980s, she went on to make films though almost all were box office failures. In German film Spring Symphony (1983), she won a second German Film for Outstanding Individual Achievement for her fine supporting turn as pianist Clara Wieck, and starred as an affluent woman involved with Gerard Depardieu in French director Jean-Jacques Beineix’s The Moon in the Gutter (1983), where she was negatively responded by critics. In 1984, Kinski had leads in two Hollywood productions: the unsatisfying remake Unfaithfully Yours (as Dudley Moore’s wife) and Tony Richardson’s The Hotel New Hampshire (with Rob Lowe and Jodie Foster). The same year, the sexy actress was praised for her role as wife Jane in Wim Wenders’ little seen Paris, Texas, and took home an Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists for Best Actress after playing Maria Bosic in Maria’s Lovers. However, Kenski made a wrong choice in the next year when she took on the role of Al Pacino’s love interest in the disappointing Revolution.

In early 1990s, Kinski broke into American TV with a second lead as Katia ‘K.C.’ Koslovska, opposite Thomas Ian Griffith, in the HBO action film Crackerjack (1994), for director Michael Mazo, and two years later, she essayed the starring role of a German war widow who escapes to America to begin a new life in the NBC drama Danielle Steel’s The Ring. As for features, Kinski had a critical success with her costarring turn as Charlie Sheen’s skydiving student Chris Morrow in Terminal Velocity (1994). The success, combined with her much-published off screen life in the 90s helped Kinski become more mainstreams. She was then seen in a number of American productions such as Somebody Is Waiting (1996, along with Gabriel Byrne), Fathers’ Day (1997, opposite Robin Williams and Billy Crystal), Little Boy Blue (1997, along side Ryan Phillippe and John Savage), Mike Figgis’ critically acclaimed One Night Stand (1997, with Wesley Snipes), Savior (1998) and Susan’s Plan (1998, with Billy Zane). Kinski delivered a bright supporting turn as a lesbian artist’s assistant in the writer/director Neil LaBute’s Your Friends and Neighbors (1998).

In the new millennium, Kinski once again scored an international acclaim by picking up a Wine Country Film Festival for Best Actress for her brilliant portrayal of Katie, opposite Cody Morgan, in Tony Barbieri’s The Magic of Marciano (2000). She kept on her hectic schedule by taking on roles in A Storm in Summer (2000, TV), Red Letters (2000), Time Share (2000), The Claim (2000), Cold Heart (2001), Blind Terror (2001, TV), Town & Country (2001), An American Rhapsody (2001), Say Nothing (2001), Diary of a Sex Addict (2001), The Day the World Ended (2001, TV), Beyond the City Limits (2001), .com for Murder (2002) and All Around the Town (2002, TV). Her more recent projects include Mario Andreacch’s biopic Paradise Found (2003, along side Kiefer Sutherland), the drama-romance miniseries Dangerous Liaisons (2003, costarred Rupert Everett and Catherine Deneuve), the sci-fi/ thriller film À ton image (2004, opposite Christopher Lambert and Audrey DeWilder) for director Aruna Villiers as well as the made-for-TV film La Femme Musketeer (2004), starring with Gérard Depardieu and Michael York.


  • Wine Country Film Festival: Best Actress, The Magic of Marciano, 2000
  • Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Best Actress - Foreign Film, Maria’s Lovers, 1985
  • German Film: Outstanding Individual Achievement - Actress, Spring Symphony, 1983
  • Golden Globe: New Star of the Year- Female, Tess, 1981
  • German Film: Outstanding Individual Achievement - Actress, The Wrong Move, 1975
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