Les hauts et les bas

Franch actress Isabelle Adjani was born on June 27, 1955. Daughter of an Algerian father and German mother, her career began when she was only 14. Adjani got her start in theatre and then switched to film, but it wasn’t until 1981 that her career really took off when she won two awards at Cannes. She won her first César the next year, followed by four more. Hollywood hasn’t ignored her either; Adjani has received two Oscar nominations. Her career hasn’t been all glorious, however. She attempted a singing career, spurred on by Serge Gainsbourg , that met with little success and many of her films have been catastrophic flops, notwithstanding the fact that the studios had to pay her record salaries to appear in their films.

Français : Isabelle Adjani à la cérémonie des ...

Adjani’s career has certainly known les haut et des bas (lay owe ay day bah), or highs and lows. Take for example 1983 when she won the award for Best Actress at Cannes for L’Été Meurtrier (One Deadly Summer). This huge career high was mingled with a bitter low when the photographers turned their backs on the voluptuous beauty en masse on the red carpet to punish her for having missed a press conference and a photo call. In 2010, she won another César for La Journée de la Jupe (Skirt Day), but a film released that same year went practically unseen when a freak technical problem at the press viewing meant that no reporter saw it, so none of them could write about it. The life of an actress is certainly an emotional rollercoaster.

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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