Isabelle Adjani: See the French sex symbol then and now

Some people are just born with it. Isabelle Adjani is one of them.

The French actress made a splash in the early 1970s, and by the age of 19, she became the youngest woman ever nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. (She held the record for three decades!) And it wasn't just her acting prowess that captivated audiences: Famed film critic Roger Ebert marveled at Adjani's beauty, writing of her "facial perfection" when she appeared 1979's "Nosferatu the Vampyre."

She seemed to "exist on an ethereal plane," the awestruck critic wrote.

Although she primarily starred in French films, she became a Hollywood staple, receiving another Oscar nomination in 1990, just as her relationship with Daniel Day-Lewis was heating up. The two reportedly split right around the time their son was born in 1995.

Now 63, Adjani remains a sought-after actress and frequents high-profile red carpets, where she never fails to impress. Her glamorous display at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival proved once and for all that age is a very silly thing. See for yourself:

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Close-up of French actress Isabelle Adjani, dressing the part of Adele Hugo, who gazes into the distance with an elaborated headgear on her head in a scene from the movie The Story of Adele H, by French director François Truffaut. France, 1975. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE: Young Isabelle Adjani Outside The Comedie Francaise Building, Seventies. (Photo by PICOT/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE: Young Isabelle Adjani In Her Dressing Room At The Comedie Francaise, Paris, Seventies. (Photo by PICOT/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani plays Maria Cavalieri in the serial of Robert Valey, 'The secret of the Flemish'. (Photo by Georges Galmiche\INA via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani in the streets of Paris for the ''program'' '''' ''Inf2 Dimanche'' '''' dedicated in whiz kid of the Comedie Francaise (Photo by Bernard Allemane\INA via Getty Images)
Portrait of the actress Isabelle Adjani during the shooting of 'Ondine', Jean Giraudoux's theater play staged of Raymond ROULEAU. (Photo by Francis Dussaussois\INA via Getty Images)
Close-up of French actress Isabelle Adjani, dressing the part of Adele Hugo, who gazes into the distance with an elaborated headgear on her head in a scene from the movie The Story of Adele H, by French director François Truffaut. France, 1975. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
05/23/1976: Isabelle Adjani and Roman Polanski. (Photo by Pool GINFRAY/SIMON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 29: Actress Isabelle Adjani attends 48th Annual Academy Awards on March 29, 1976 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Isabelle Adjani on the movie set of 'Le locataire,' directed by Roman Polanski. (Photo by Li Erben/Sygma via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) * 1954Schauspielerin, F- als Bildhauerin Camille Claudel indem gleichnamigen Film, nach dem Roman`Une Femme' von Anne Delbee (1979)Regie: Bruno NuyttenFrankreich 1988 (Photo by Röhnert/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Portrait de l'actrice Isabelle Adjani, circa 1980. (Photo by Daniel SIMON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani lors du Festival de Cannes en mai 1981, France. (Photo by URLI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 01: Isabelle Adjani Receives From Yves Montand The Cesar Award Of Best Actress For Movie Possession Directed By Andrzej Zulawski, Paris, March 1, 1982. (Photo by PICOT/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani au Festival de Cannes le 11 mai 1983, France. (Photo by Pool LAFORET/LOCHON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Isabelle Adjani has taken on the press....She refuses to be photographed by anyone other than the happy few who have signed exclusive contracts with her - She hides her face behind a bag or an umbrella as soon as a photographer appears - During the presentation of 'L'ete meurtrier' her latest film, photographers put down their camera in a gesture of protest at Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 11, 1983. (Photo by Pool LAFORET/LOCHON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani, Cesar de la meilleure actrice pour 'L'ete meurtrier' de Jean Becker. (Photo by Pool MAOUS/SIMON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani, Jacques Grange. (Photo by GARCIA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani meets with students at Bouzareah University. (Photo by © Patrick Robert/Sygma/CORBIS/Sygma via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 26: Actress Isabelle Adjani attends 62nd Annual Academy Awards on March 26, 1990 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Vaux-le-Vicomte, France 26 September 1991, French actress Isabelle Adjani attends a Christian Dior soire. , (Photo by Francis Apesteguy/Getty Images)
French actress Isabelle Adjani attends the closing ceremony of the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by Eric Robert/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani lors du photo call du film La Reine Margot realise par Patrice Chereau au 47e Festival de Cannes le 13 mai 1994 a Cannes, France. (Photo by Pool BENAINOUS/DUCLOS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani, Princess Diana attend the 50th anniversary celebration of Dior in New York. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Isabelle Adjani on the red carpet during the 50th Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 1997 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Thierry LEFOUILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Isabelle Adjani on the red carpet during the 50th Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 1997 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Thierry LEFOUILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani. (Photo by Pool REGLAIN/STEVENS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
FRANCE - APRIL 01: Opening of Paris Film Festival In Paris, France On April 01, 2002-Isabelle Adjani. (Photo by Pool BENAINOUS/DUCLOS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani 82nd Grand Prix of the 'Arc De Triomphe' at the racecourse of Longchamp. (Photo byBertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
French actress Isabelle Adjani. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani at the Arielle Dombasle Concert In Aid Of Reporters Sans Frontieres At Theatre Des Champs Elysees In Paris. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
French actress Isabelle Adjani delivers a speech next to French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy (L) during a meeting-concert, 14 October 2007 at the Zenith in Paris, organized by the association 'SOS Racism', the daily newspaper Liberation and the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo to protest against DNA tests for potential immigrants. France's Senate approved a controversial immigration bill which would authorise DNA testing on foreigners wishing to join their families in France. AFP PHOTO VINCENT N'GUYEN (Photo credit should read VINCENT NGUYEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani at the Chanel Spring/Summer 2008 collection during Paris Fashion Week. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani arrives at the 49th Monte Carlo Television Festival Closing Ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum on June 11, 2009 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
Isabelle Adjani during the men's singles final match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Robin Soderling of Sweden on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - JUNE 19: Bollywood actress Preity Zinta with French actress Isabelle Adjani during a promotional event of the movie, Ishkq in Paris, in Mumbai on June 19, 2012. (Photo by Yogen Shah/India Today Group/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 20: Actress Isabelle Adjani attends the 'New American Art', Exhibition of Artists Matthew Day Jackson and Rashid Johnson, Opening Cocktail at Studio des Acacias on October 20, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO - DECEMBER 09: French actress Isabelle Adjani poses with her award during her Tribute during the 16th Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, Morocco on December 09, 2016. (Photo by Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 30: Actress Isabelle Adjani attends 'e-cinema.com' Launch Party at Restaurant L'Ile on November 30, 2017 in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Isabelle Adjani poses for photographs when she arrives at the ceremony during 9th Film Festival Lumiere on October 20, 2017 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Nicolas Liponne/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - French actress Isabelle Adjani poses during the photocall before the 2019 Dior Croisiere (Cruise) fashion show on May 25, 2018 at the Grandes écuries de Chantilly, near Paris. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP) (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 14: Actress Isabelle Adjani attends 'L'Alpe Delvaux' Party at Palais Royal on December 14, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images for Delvaux)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 08: French actress Isabelle Adjani arrives for the screening of the film 'Everybody Knows' and the Opening Ceremony of the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 8, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 08: Actress Isabelle Adjani attends the screening of 'Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)' and the opening gala during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)
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