Nastassja Kinski (born 24 January 1961) is a German actress and former model who has appeared in more than sixty films in Europe and the United States. She enjoyed her worldwide breakthrough with Stay As You Are (1978), then came to global prominence with her Golden Globe Award-winning performance as the title character in the Roman Polanski–directed film Tess (1979). Other notable films in which she acted include the erotic horror Cat People (1982), two Wim Wenders dramas Paris, Texas (1984) and Faraway, So Close! (1993), and An American Rhapsody (2001). She is the daughter of the actor Klaus Kinski.
In 1981, Richard Avedon photographed Kinski with a Burmese python coiled around her nude body.The image, which first appeared in the October 1981 issue of US Vogue, was released as a poster and became a best-seller, further confirming her status as a sex symbol.
In 1982, she starred in Francis Ford Coppola’s romantic musical One from the Heart, her first film made in the United States. Texas Monthly described her as acting “as a Felliniesque circus performer to represent the twinkling evanescence of Eros.” The film failed at the box office and was a major loss for Coppola’s new Zoetrope Studios. That year, she was also in the erotic horror movie Cat People. Dudley Moore’s comedy Unfaithfully Yours and an adaptation of John Irving’s The Hotel New Hampshire followed in 1984.
Kinski reteamed with Wenders for the 1984 film Paris, Texas. One of her most acclaimed films to date, it won the top award at the Cannes Film Festival. Throughout the 1980s, Kinski split her time between Europe and the United States, making Moon in the Gutter (1983), Harem (1985) and Torrents of Spring (1989) in Europe, and Exposed (1983), Maria’s Lovers (1984) and Revolution (1985) in the United States.
During the 1990s, Kinski appeared in a number of American films including the action movie Terminal Velocity, opposite Charlie Sheen; the Mike Figgis 1997 adultery tale One Night Stand; Your Friends & Neighbors (1998); John Landis’ Susan’s Plan (1998); and The Lost Son (1999).
Her most recent films include David Lynch’s Inland Empire (2006) and Rotimi Rainwater’s Sugar (2013).
In 2016, she competed in the German Let’s Dance show.