Isabelle Adjani

Cesar Film Awards 2010 - Awards Room

Adjani in 2010, photo by

Birth Name: Isabelle Yasmina Adjani

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 27 June, 1955

*Algerian Kabyle (father)
*German (mother)

Isabelle Adjani is a French actress and singer. She is a two time Academy Award nominee.

Her father, Mohammed Adjani, was an Algerian Kabyle Muslim, from Iferhounène, Kabylie. Her mother, Emma Augusta “Gusti” (Schweinberger), was a German Catholic, from Bavaria. The two met near the end of World War II, when Mohammed was in the French Army. They married and Emma returned with him to Paris, not speaking a word of French.

Isabelle has two children, a son with her former partner, cinematographer Bruno Nuytten; and a son, musician Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, with her former partner, actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

Isabelle grew up bilingual, speaking French and German fluently, in Gennevilliers, a northwestern suburb of Paris. She has said that her parents used their ethnic and cultural differences against each other in arguments. Her mother asked her father to take “Cherif” as his first name as it sounded more “American.” Emma also used to say that her husband was Turkish because she was ashamed of his Algerian background.

Isabelle has been vocal against anti-immigrant and anti-Algerian feeling in France.

Isabelle’s maternal grandfather was named Albert Schweinberger. Albert was born in Enzisweiler, Bodolz.

Isabelle’s maternal grandmother was named Maria-Theresa Kegel. Maria-Theresa was born in Enzisweiler.

Source: Genealogy of Isabelle Adjani (focusing on her mother’s side) –

11 Responses

  1. Akwaba says:

    Tag “Bavarian”

  2. Yayoute says:

    Her mom Augusta Emma “Gusti” SCHWEINBERGER was born on 1st of September 1919 in Enzisweiler, Bayern, Germany to Albert SCHWEINBERGER and Maria Theresa KEGEL

  3. porkarella says:

    she’s fully Euro it’s IMPOSSIBILE that the offspring of mixed couples are fully white I see the reality and biology when Arabs mixing to Euros their children are always Levantine I see it here in Europe where I live.
    In fact her bro is typical Arab, semitic, looks a sort of Antonio Banderas

  4. Akwaba says:

    Her parents were the proof that mixed couples are not the solution against racism

  5. Gurrl says:

    According to this article through her father she also has Turkish ancestry.,,20066286,00.html

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