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Nathalie Baye
French actress

Nathalie Baye

Nathalie Baye
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Intro French actress
Is Actor Voice actor
From France
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 6 July 1948, Mainneville, canton of Gisors, arrondissement of Les Andelys, Eure
Age 74 years
Spouse: Johnny HallydayPhilippe Léotard
Children: Laura Smet
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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 ten-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 (The Return of Martin Guerre, 1982) and La Balance (also 1982).

Baye 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 her 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.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1970 Au théâtre ce soir Martine Legrand Pierre Sabbagh Episode Les Croulants se portent bien
1972 Two People uncredited Robert Wise
1972 Faustine et le Bel Été Giselle Nina Companeez
1973 L'Inconnu Youri TV film
1973 Day for Night Joelle François Truffaut
1974 The Mouth Agape Nathalie Maurice Pialat
1974 La Gifle Christine Claude Pinoteau
1975 Un jour, la fête Julie Pierre Sisser
1975 Cinéma 16 Fabienne Alain Boudet Episode Esquisse d'une jeune femme sans dessus-dessous
1976 The Last Woman The girl with cherries Marco Ferreri
1976 Le Plein de super Charlotte Alain Cavalier
1976 Le Voyage de noces Sophie Nadine Trintignant
1976 Mado Catherine Claude Sautet
1977 The Man Who Loved Women Martine Desdoits François Truffaut
1977 Monsieur Papa Janine Philippe Monnier
1977 Solemn Communion Jeanne Vanderberghe René Féret
1977 Les Cinq Dernières Minutes Gisèle Guy Séligmann Episode Une si jolie petite cure
1978 Mon premier amour Fabienne Élie Chouraqui
1978 The Green Room Cécilia Mandel François Truffaut
1978 Sacré farceur Marianne Jacques Rouland TV film
1979 Every Man for Himself Denise Rimbaud Jean-Luc Godard
1979 La Mémoire courte Judith Mesnil Eduardo de Gregorio
1979 Madame Sourdis Adèle Sourdis Caroline Huppert TV film
1980 Je vais craquer Brigitte Ozendron François Leterrier
1980 A Week's Vacation Laurence Cuers Bertrand Tavernier
1980 La Provinciale Christine Claude Goretta
1981 Strange Affair Nina Coline Pierre Granier-Deferre
1981 Beau-père Charlotte Bertrand Blier
1981 L'Ombre rouge Anna Jean-Louis Comolli
1982 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 Our Story Donatienne Pouget / Marie-Thérèse Chatelard / Geneviève Avranches Bertrand Blier
1984 Rive droite, rive gauche Sacha Philippe Labro
1985 Détective Françoise Chenal Jean-Luc Godard
1985 Honeymoon Cécile Carline Patrick Jamain
1985 Le Neveu de Beethoven Leonore Paul Morrissey
1987 De guerre lasse Alice Mangin Robert Enrico
1987 En toute innocence Catherine Alain Jessua
1989 Massacre Play Bella Damiano Damiani
1990 The Man Inside Christine Bobby Roth
1990 C'est la vie Lena Diane Kurys
1990 Every Other Weekend Camille Valmont Nicole Garcia
1990 Le Pinceau à lèvres Elle Bruno Chiche Short film
1992 The Voice Lorraine Pierre Granier-Deferre
1992 The Timekeeper Madame de Pompadour Jeff Blyth
1993 Mensonge Emma François Margolin
1993 Les Contes sauvages Narrator Gérald Calderon
Jean-Charles Cuttoli
1993 And the Band Played On Françoise Barré-Sinoussi Roger Spottiswoode TV film
1994 La Machine Marie Lacroix François Dupeyron
1994 François Truffaut : Portraits volés Herself Serge Toubiana
Michel Pascal
Documentary film
1995 La Mère The mother Caroline Bottaro Short film
1996 Enfants de salaud Sophie Tonie Marshall
1997 Food of Love Michele Stephen Poliakoff
1997 Paparazzi Nicole Alain Berberian
1998 Si je t'aime, prends garde à toi Muriel Jeanne Labrune
1999 Venus Beauty Institute Angèle Tonie Marshall
1999 Une liaison pornographique she Frédéric Fonteyne
2000 To Matthieu Claire Xavier Beauvois
2000 Ça ira mieux demain Sophie Jeanne Labrune
2001 Absolutely Fabulous Patsy Gabriel Aghion
2001 Barnie et ses petites contrariétés Lucie Barnich Bruno Chiche
2002 L'Enfant des lumières Diane Daniel Vigne TV film
2002 Catch Me If You Can Paula Abagnale Steven Spielberg
2002 The Flower of Evil Anne Charpin-Vasseur Claude Chabrol
2003 Feelings Carole Noémie Lvovsky
2003 France Boutique Sofia Tonie Marshall
2004 Une vie à t'attendre Jeanne Thierry Klifa
2005 L'Un reste, l'autre part Fanny Claude Berri
2005 The Young Lieutenant Caroline Vaudieu Xavier Beauvois
2006 French California Maguy Jacques Fieschi
2006 Tell No One Elisabeth Feldman Guillaume Canet
2006 The Ant Bully The Queen Ant John A. Davis French voice
2006 Mon fils à moi The mother Martial Fougeron
2007 Michou d'Auber Gisèle Thomas Gilou
2007 Acteur Camille Degas Jocelyn Quivrin Short film
2007 The Price to Pay]] Odile Ménard Alexandra Leclère
2008 A French Gigolo Judith Josiane Balasko
2008 Passe-passe Irène Montier-Duval Tonie Marshall
2008 Les Bureaux de Dieu Anne Claire Simon
2008 Marie-Octobre Marie-Hélène Dumoulin / Marie-Octobre Josée Dayan TV film
2009 Face Nathalie Tsai Ming-liang
2010 Ensemble, c'est trop Marie-France Léa Fazer
2010 H.H. - Hitler à Hollywood Herself Frédéric Sojcher
2010 De vrais mensonges Maddy Pierre Salvadori
2010 Small World Elisabeth Senn Bruno Chiche
2011 Bye Bye Cécile Édouard Deluc Short film
2011 Dormir debout Véronique Jean-Luc Perréard Short film
2011 Je voulais vous dire Romain Delange Short film
2011 Le Premier Rôle Nathalie Mathieu Hippeau Short film
2011 À l'abri The woman Jérémie Lippmann Short film
2012 Spin Anne Visage Frédéric Tellier TV series
2012 Laurence Anyways Julienne Alia Xavier Dolan
2013 Queens of the Ring Colette Jean-Marc Rudnicki
2014 Lou! Journal infime Lou's grandmother Julien Neel
2014 L'Affaire SK1 Frédérique Pons Frédéric Tellier
2015 The Assistant Marie-France Christophe Ali
Nicolas Bonilauri
2015 Prejudice Mother Antoine Cuypers
2015 Call My Agent ! Herself Cédric Klapisch TV Series (1 Episode)
2016 It's Only the End of the World Martine Xavier Dolan
Moka Marlène Frédéric Mermoud
2017 Alibi.com Madame Martin Philippe Lacheau
Les Gardiennes Xavier Beauvois

Awards and nominations

Nathalie Baye in 1994
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
1999 Une liaison pornographique European Film Award Best Actress Nominated
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 The Young Lieutenant European Film Award Best Actress Nominated
2006 The Young Lieutenant Globes de Cristal Award Best Actress Won
2006 Mon fils à moi San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Actress Won
2009 A French Gigolo Globes de Cristal Award Best Actress Nominated
2009 Legion of Honour Chevalier of the legion of Honour Honored
2012 Magritte Award Honorary Margritte Award Honored
2017 It's Only the End of the World Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
2017 It's Only the End of the World César Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2017 It's Only the End of the World Riviera International Film Festival Best Actress Nominated
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