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Arielle Dombasle
French-American actress and singer

Arielle Dombasle

Arielle Dombasle
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Intro French-American actress and singer
Is Singer Actor Film actor Film director Radio personality
From France United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender female
Birth 27 April 1953, Hartford, USA
Age 69 years
Star sign Taurus
Residence Paris, France
Spouse: Bernard-Henri LévyPaul Albou
Cours Simon
Knight of the Legion of Honour  
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Arielle Dombasle (born April 27, 1953) is an American-born French singer, actress, director and model. Her breakthrough roles were in Éric Rohmer's Pauline at the Beach (1983) and Alain Robbe-Grillet's The Blue Villa (1995). She also starred in the 1984 miniseries Lace and its 1985 sequel Lace II. Since 1978 she has released twenty-one singles and ten albums and has directed four movies.

Early years

She was born Arielle Laure Maxime Sonnery in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of Jean-Louis Melchior Sonnery de Fromental, a silk manufacturer, and Francion Garreau-Dombasle. She descends from French-American immigrants in Mexico under her grandfather's diplomatic tenure. The family's surname was created in 1912, when Dombasle's grandfather René Sonnery (1887–1925), an industrialist from Lyon, married Anne-Marie Berthon du Fromental. Arielle took the pseudonym Arielle Dombasle in memory of her mother who died at the age of 36. She was raised as a Roman Catholic.

Dombasle and her brother Gilbert were raised in Mexico by their maternal grandparents after their mother's death in 1964. She attended the Lycée Franco-Mexicain. She was also raised at Château de Chaintré, the Sonnery family estate near Mâcon, Saône-et-Loire. Her maternal grandfather, Maurice Garreau-Dombasle, was a close friend of and advisor to Charles de Gaulle and served as the French ambassador to Mexico. Her maternal grandmother was Man'ha Garreau-Dombasle (née Germaine Massenet, 1898–1999), a writer and poet who translated Rabindranath Tagore's works into French and was a longtime friend of the science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who dedicated his 1972 novel The Halloween Tree to her.


Dombasle embarked on a career as an actress and singer after attending the Conservatoire International de Musique de Paris and further studies in Mexico. Dombasle has appeared in several Hollywood productions, but most of her acting work has been in French, unlike her albums which are mostly in Spanish and English. She directed four films, Les Pyramides Bleues, Chassé-croisé, Opium and Alien Crystal Palace. She once described her own looks as "a Crazy Horse dancing girl".

In 2006, she released both albums Amor Amor and C'est si Bon in the USA. In September 2006, she also performed three nights in a row at the Supper Club in New York City in front of Michael Douglas, John Malkovich, Lauren Bacall, Salman Rushdie, Andrée Putman and Charlie Rose. The latter invited Arielle Dombasle to promote her albums on The Charlie Rose Show.

Arielle Dombasle then released several albums in France : Glamour à Mort !, Diva Latina, Arielle Dombasle by ERA and La Rivière Atlantique with French rocker Nicolas Ker.

Dombasle joined Les Grosses Têtes, a French radio programme, in January 2016.

That same year, Arielle Dombasle released her fragrance, Le Secret d'Arielle, within Mauboussin. The promotional campaign was created by the French artist Leonardo Marcos.

Dombasle is the first contestant who was confirmed for the eighth season of Danse avec les Stars (French version of Dancing with the Stars).

In 2018, along with Mareva Galanter, Inna Modja and Helena Noguerra, Arielle Dombasle recreated the French band Les Parisiennes.

Two years later, in 2020, Arielle Dombasle announced she would be releasing a second joint album with Nicolas Ker which is entitled Empire. The album was supposed to be released on April 24, 2020 but was postponed to June 16, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Personal life

Dombasle is the third wife of writer Bernard-Henri Lévy. They married on June 19, 1993 at Saint-Paul-de-Vence on the Côte d'Azur where they have a villa. She has two stepchildren, Antonin-Balthazar Lévy and Justine Lévy, a novelist. She was previously married to Dr. Paul Albou, described by Vanity Fair as a "playboy society dentist, 32 years her senior."

Dombasle is vegetarian. In 2016, she campaigned against abattoirs (slaughterhouses) for PETA.


Year Title Author Director Notes
1979 Das Käthchen von Heilbronn Heinrich von Kleist Éric Rohmer Maison de la culture de Nanterre
La Fugue Francis Lacombrade & Bernard Broca Jean-Claude Brialy Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin
1985 Retour à Florence Henry James Simone Benmussa Théâtre Renaud-Barrault
1991 L'Absolu naturel Goffredo Parise Simone Benmussa (2) Théâtre Renaud-Barrault
L'as-tu revue ? Olivier Benezech Olivier Benezech Opéra-Comique
1992 Le Jugement dernier Bernard-Henri Lévy Jean-Louis Martinelli Théâtre de l'Atelier
2003 La Belle et la Toute Petite Bête Jérôme Savary Jérôme Savary Opéra-Comique
2008 Don Quichotte contre l'Ange bleu Jérôme Savary Jérôme Savary (2) Théâtre de Paris
2013 El Tigre Alfredo Arias Alfredo Arias Théâtre du Rond-Point
2017 Folle Amanda Pierre Barillet & Jean-Pierre Gredy [fr] Marie-Pascale Osterrieth Théâtre de Paris



  • "Paris m'a séduit" (1980)
  • "Cantate 78" (1985)
  • "Je te salue mari" (1986)
  • "Nada más" (1988)
  • "Amour symphonique" (1989)
  • "Liberta" (2000)
  • "Odysseus" (2000)
  • "Rhum and Coca-Cola" (2004)
  • "C'est si bon" (2006)
  • "Où tu Veux" (2007)
  • "Extraterrestre" (2009)
  • "Hasta siempre" (2010)
  • "Porque te vas" (2011)
  • "Mambo 5" (2011)
  • "Ave Maria" (2013)
  • "Cold Song" (2013)
  • "My Love for Evermore" (2015)
  • "I'm Not Here Anymore" (2016)
  • "Carthagena" (2016)
  • "Point Blank" (2016)
  • "Ah c'qu'on est bête" (2018)
  • "Il fait trop beau pour travailler" (2018)
  • "Le chant des sirènes (We Bleed for the Ocean)" (2020)
  • "Just Come Back Alive" (2020)
  • "Le Grand Hotél" (2020)


  • 2000: Liberta
  • 2002: Extase
  • 2004: Amor Amor
  • 2006: C'est Si Bon
  • 2009: Glamour à Mort !
  • 2011: Diva Latina
  • 2013: Arielle Dombasle By Era
  • 2015: French Kiss (with The Hillbilly Moon Explosion)
  • 2016: La Rivière Atlantique (with Nicolas Ker)
  • 2018: Les Parisiennes (with Mareva Galanter, Inna Modja & Helena Noguerra)
  • 2020: Empire (with Nicolas Ker)
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