Nathalie Baye

Actor, Dancer, Au pair
A former dancer who began her film career as the woman Peter Fonda has a brief affair with in "Two People" (1983), Nathalie Baye enjoyed her first brush with fame as Francois Truffaut's script girl assistant in the ... Read more »
Born: 07/05/1948 in France

Filmography

Actor (71)

L'affaire SK1 2015 (Movie)

Maître Frédérique Pons (Actor)

Lou! Journal infime 2015 (Movie)

La grand-mère (Actor)

Laurence Anyways 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Les Reines du Ring 2013 (Movie)

Colette (Actor)

38 Témoins 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Je n'ai rien oublié 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beautiful Lies 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ensemble C'Est Trop 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

L' Ile aux parents 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

A French Gigolo 2009 (Movie)

Judith (Actor)

Face 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hitler in Hollywood 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

God's Offices 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Off and Running 2008 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

Tell No One 2008 (Movie)

Elysabeth Feldman (Actor)

Le Prix A Payer 2007 (Movie)

Odile Menard (Actor)

Michou D'Auber 2007 (Movie)

Gisele (Actor)

La Californie 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mon Fils A Moi 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Young Lieutenant 2006 (Movie)

Caroline Vaudieu (Actor)

Francois Truffaut, An Autobiography 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

I've Been Waiting So Long 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

France Boutique 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Les Sentiments 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Flower of Evil 2003 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

Paula Abagnale (Actor)

Absolument fabuleux 2001 (Movie)

Patsy Stone (Actor)

Barnie et ses petites contrarietes 2001 (Movie)

Lucie (Actor)

A Pornographic Affair 2000 (Movie)

Her (Actor)

An Affair of Love 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ca ira mieux demain 2000 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

Selon Matthieu 2000 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Venus Beauty Institute (French) 2000 (Movie)

Angele Piana (Actor)

Paparazzi 1998 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

Si je t'aime... prends garde a toi 1998 (Movie)

Muriel (Actor)

Food of Love 1997 (Movie)

Michele (Actor)

Enfants de salaud 1995 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits 1994 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Machine 1994 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

La Voix 1992 (Movie)

Lorraine (Actor)

Mensonge 1992 (Movie)

Emma (Actor)

En toute innocence 1991 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

Every Other Weekend 1991 (Movie)

Camille (Actor)

C'est la vie 1990 (Movie)

Lena (Actor)

Giocodi Massacro 1990 (Movie)

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La Provinciale 1990 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

The Man Inside 1990 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

Beethoven's Nephew 1988 (Movie)

Leonore (Actor)

De guerre lasse 1987 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Lune de Miel 1986 (Movie)

Cecile Carline (Actor)

Détective 1985 (Movie)

Francoise Chenal (Actor)

Notre Histoire 1983 (Movie)

Donatienne (Actor)

Rive droite, rive gauche 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beau Pere 1981 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

J'ai Epouse Une Ombre 1981 (Movie)

Helene (Actor)

La Balance 1981 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

The Return of Martin Guerre 1981 (Movie)

Bertrande DeRols (Actor)

Une Etrange Affaire 1981 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

Every Man For Himself 1980 (Movie)

Denise Rimbaud (Actor)

L' Ombre Rouge 1980 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

A Week's Vacation 1979 (Movie)

Laurence Cuers (Actor)

Je vais craquer! 1979 (Movie)

Brigitte (Actor)

La Memoire courte 1978 (Movie)

Judith Mesnil (Actor)

Mon premier amour 1978 (Movie)

Fabienne (Actor)

The Green Room 1977 (Movie)

Cecilia Mandel (Actor)

Monsieur Papa 1976 (Movie)

Janine (Actor)

The Man Who Loved Women 1976 (Movie)

Martine Desdoits (Actor)

Un jour la fete 1974 (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

Day For Night 1973 (Movie)

Joelle--the Script Girl (Actor)

La Gueule ouverte 1973 (Movie)

Nathalie (Actor)

And the Band Played On (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A former dancer who began her film career as the woman Peter Fonda has a brief affair with in "Two People" (1983), Nathalie Baye enjoyed her first brush with fame as Francois Truffaut's script girl assistant in the award-winning "Day for Night" (1973), uttering perhaps one of that film's more memorable lines: "I might leave a man for a movie, but I would never leave a movie for a man!" By the end of the decade, after two more Truffaut films and finely controlled performances in Bertrand Tavernier's "A Week's Vacation" (1980) and Claude Goretta's "A Girl from Lorraine" (1980), Baye had emerged as one of France's leading actresses, capable of a wide range of roles and demonstrating a constant maturity, not unlike American actresses like Barbara Stanwyck and Bette Davis. Among her internationally known films are Bob Swaim's slick thriller "La Balance", for which she won a Best Actress Cesar as a prostitute involved with a petty thief, and as the wife of a soldier (Gerard Depardieu) who comes home from war after many years in the medieval drama "The Return of Martin Guerre" (both 1982).

Relationships

Claude Baye

Father

Johnny Halliday

Companion
met in 1982 separated in 1986

Laura Halliday

Daughter
born on November 15, 1983

Philippe Leotard Actor

Companion
appeared together in "La Balance" (1982) had ten-year relationship no longer together died on August 25, 2001

EDUCATION

attended ballet school in Monte Carlo run by "a strong, mean Russian teacher" from approximately 1963 to 1968

dropped out of school at age 14 because of her dyslexia

Conservatoire National de Musique et d'Art

Paris 1969 - 1972
graduated with second prize honors

Milestones

2001

Cast as Patsy in "Absolument Fabuleux", a French film version of the popular British comedy "Absolutely Fabulous"

2000

Portrayed a factory boss' wife blackmailed by the son of a fired employee of her husband's in "Selon Matthieu/According to Matthieu"

1999

Starred as a woman who initiates a sexual relationship with a stranger via a personal ad in "Une Liaison pornographic/An Affair of Love"

1998

Reteamed with Marshall to play an aging beautician afraid to experience love in "Venus Beaute Institut/Venus Beauty Institute"; was nominated for a Cesar; released in USA in 2000

1996

Co-starred in "Enfants de salaud/Bastard Blood", directed by Tonie Marshall

1993

Had key role in "And the Band Played On" (HBO)

1990

Acted in Diane Kurys' "C'est la vie"

1990

Portrayed a divorced actress who runs off to the seaside with her two children in "Every Other Weekend/Un Week-end sur deux"; role written specifically for her by director Nicole Garcia; received a Cesar nomination

1985

Second film with Godard, "Detective"

1984

Reteamed with Blier for "Notre histoires/Our Story"

1982

Cast as Bertrande in "Le Retour de Martin Guerre/The Return of Martin Guerre"

1982

Starred in "La Balance", directed by Bob Swaim; won Best Actress Cesar

1981

Earned second Cesar for featured role in "Strange Affair/Un entrange affair"

1981

First film with Bertrand Blier, "Beau Pere"

1980

Solidified reputation as a teacher experiencing a nervous breakdown in "A Week's Vacation/Une Semaine de vacances", helmed by Bernard Tavernier

1979

Co-starred in Jean-luc Godard's "Every Man for Himself/Sauve qui peut ... la vie"; won Cesar

1978

Third and final film with Truffaut, "The Green Room/La Chambre vert"

1977

Second film with Truffaut, "The Man Who Loved Women/L'Homme Homme qui aimait les femmes"

1973

Cast as the script girl in Francios Truffaut's "La nuit Americaine/Day for Night"

1973

Had a one-scene role in "Two People", directed by Robert Wise

1972

Stage acting debut in "Galapages" with Gerard Depardieu and Bernard Blier

1972

Film debut alongside Isabelle Adjani in "Faustine"

1968

Spent brief time in NYC working as an au pair and studying dance (date approximate)

Posed for Playboy

At around age 14, dropped out of school and enrolled in ballet classes in Monte Carlo

Raised in France

Bonus Trivia

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Her last name is pronounced "Bye".

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She served on the jury at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.

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"I don't want to know exactly how I'm considered because I'd go a bit mad. But I am not a serious actress. I don't like intellectual films." --Nathalie Baye quoted in The Independent, June 11, 2000.

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On being a single working parent: "Like all mothers who work, I have about six legs and 17 arms and 20 heads. But I try to never leave home for more than two weeks. I go back all the time even if I'm far away. Sometimes my daughter [Laura] thinks I am there too much." --Nathalie Baye to the London Times, June 15, 2000.

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