Nathalie Baye

Nathalie Baye

Birth name: Nathalie Marie Andrée Baye
Born: July 6, 1948
Age: 76
Birthplace: Mainneville, Eure, France
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Nathalie Marie Andrée Baye (born 6 July 1948) is a French film, television and stage actress. She began her career in 1970 and has appeared in more than 80 films. A nine-time César Award nominee, her four wins were for Every Man for Himself (1980), Strange Affair (1981), La Balance (1982), and The Young Lieutenant (2005). In 2009, she was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Her other films include Day for Night (1973), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Tell No One (2006) and The Assistant (2015).


Early life

Baye was born in Mainneville, Eure, Normandy to Claude Baye and Denise Coustet, two painters. At 14 she joined a school of dance in Monaco. Three years later she went to the United States. On returning to France she continued with dance but also registered for the Simon Course and was admitted to the Conservatoire, from where she graduated in 1972 with a second prize in comedy, dramatic comedy and foreign theatre.


Her second cinema appearance was in Two People (1973) directed by Robert Wise. She became more widely known as the script girl in La Nuit américaine (Day for Night) by François Truffaut. Throughout the 1970s she played the good girlfriend or nice provincial girl in film and television.

In 1981 she won her first César, for best supporting artist in Sauve qui peut (la vie) by Jean-Luc Godard. There then followed Le Retour de Martin Guerre and La Balance.

She won two more Césars (Best Supporting Female for Une étrange affaire (A Strange Affair), and Best Actress in 1982 for La Balance). Her four-year relationship with Johnny Hallyday made them a celebrity couple and their daughter Laura is now actress Laura Smet.

After changing image by playing a streetwalker in La Balance, she widened her scope with more obscure characters in J'ai épousé une ombre and En toute innocence. In 1986 she returned to the theatre with an interpretation of Adriana Monti.

In 1999 she was voted Best Supporting Actress at Venice Film Festival for Une liaison pornographique and in 2000 starred in the award-winning film Vénus Beauté (Institut) by Tonie Marshall

She has worked with Claude Chabrol and Steven Spielberg.

Selected filmography


Year Title Role Director
1972 Two People uncredited Robert Wise
Faustine et le Bel Été Giselle Nina Companeez
1973 Day for Night Joelle François Truffaut
1974 The Mouth Agape Nathalie (the daughter) Maurice Pialat
1976 La Dernière femme uncredited Marco Ferreri
1977 The Man Who Loved Women Martine Desdoits François Truffaut
Monsieur Papa Janine Philippe Monnier
Solemn Communion Jeanne Vanderberghe René Féret
1978 Mon premier amour Fabienne Élie Chouraqui
The Green Room Cécilia Mandel François Truffaut
1979 Every Man for Himself Denise Rimbaud Jean-Luc Godard
1980 A Week's Vacation Laurence Cuers Bertrand Tavernier
La Provinciale Christine Claude Goretta
1981 Strange Affair Nina Coline Pierre Granier-Deferre
Beau-père Charlotte Bertrand Blier
The Return of Martin Guerre Bertrande de Rols Daniel Vigne
1982 La Balance Nicole Danet Bob Swaim
1983 J'ai épousé une ombre Hélène Robin Davis
1984 Notre histoire Donatienne Pouget / Marie-Thérèse Chatelard / Geneviève Avranches Bertrand Blier
Détective Françoise Chenal Jean-Luc Godard
Rive droite, rive gauche Sacha Philippe Labro
1985 Lune de miel Cécile Carline Patrick Jamain
1989 The Man Inside Christine Bobby Roth
Massacre Play Bella Damiano Damiani
1992 The Timekeeper Madame de Pompadour Jeff Blyth
1993 And the Band Played On Françoise Barré-Sinoussi Roger Spottiswoode
1997 Paparazzi Nicole Alain Berberian
1999 Venus Beauty Institute Angèle Tonie Marshall
Une liaison pornographique she Frédéric Fonteyne
2000 Absolument fabuleux Patsy Gabriel Aghion
To Matthieu Claire Xavier Beauvois
2002 Catch Me If You Can Paula Abagnale Steven Spielberg
The Flower of Evil Anne Charpin-Vasseur Claude Chabrol
2005 The Young Lieutenant Caroline Vaudieu Xavier Beauvois
2006 French California Maguy Jacques Fieschi
Tell No One Elisabeth Feldman Guillaume Canet
2007 Mon fils à moi the mother Martial Fougeron
2008 Cliente Judith Josiane Balasko
2008 Passe-passe Irène Montier-Duval Tonie Marshall
2009 Face Nathalie Tsai Ming-liang
2010 De vrais mensonges Maddy, Èmilie's mother Pierre Salvadori
2012 Laurence Anyways Julienne Alia Xavier Dolan
2013 Queens of the Ring Colette Jean-Marc Rudnicki
2014 Lou! Journal infime Julien Neel
2014 L'Affaire SK1 Frédérique Pons Frédéric Tellier
2015 The Assistant Marie-France Christophe Ali and Nicolas Bonilauri
2015 Prejudice Mother Antoine Cuypers
2015 Dix pour cent Herself Cédric Klapisch
2016 It's Only the End of the World Martine Xavier Dolan


  • Au théâtre ce soir: Les croulants se portent bien (1970)
  • L'inconnu (1973)
  • Esquisse d'une jeune femme sans dessus-dessous (1975)
  • Les cinq dernières minutes: Une si jolie petite cure (1977)
  • Sacré farceur (1978)
  • Madame Sourdis (1979)
  • And the Band Played On (1993)
  • L'Enfant des lumières (2002)
  • Marie-Octobre (2008)
  • Le grand restaurant (2010)

Awards and nominations

List of awards and nominations
Year Title of work Award Category Result
1981 Every Man for Himself César Award Best Supporting Actress Won
1981 A Week's Vacation César Award Best Actress Nominated
1982 Strange Affair César Award Best Supporting Actress Won
1983 La Balance César Award Best Actress Won
1984 J'ai épousé une ombre César Award Best Actress Nominated
1991 Un week-end sur deux César Award Best Actress Nominated
1999 Une liaison pornographique Venice International Film Festival Volpi Cup Won
2000 Venus Beauty Institute César Award Best Actress Nominated
2000 Venus Beauty Institute Seattle International Film Festival Best Actress Won
2004 Les Sentiments César Award Best Actress Nominated
2006 The Young Lieutenant César Award Best Actress Won
2006 Mon fils à moi San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Actress Won
2009 Legion of Honour Chevalier of the legion of Honour Honored
2012 Magritte Award Honorary Margritte Award Honored

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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