Nathalie Baye


Actor

About

Birth Place
France
Born
July 06, 1948

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!" B...

Family & Companions

Johnny Halliday
Companion
Pop singer. Met in 1982; separated in 1986.
Philippe Leotard
Companion
Actor. Appeared together in "La Balance" (1982); had ten-year relationship; no longer together; died on August 25, 2001.

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).

Baye had won her first Cesar as Best Supporting Actress for Jean-Luc Godard's "Sauve qui peut .., la vie/Every Man For Himself" (1979), as a woman leaving her husband for a life in the country, and would later reteamed with the director for "Detective" (1984). Her second Best Supporting Actress Cesar was for "Une etrange affaire" (1981), again as an unhappily married woman. In 1990, the actress had one of her best roles as an actress who sacrifices her family in pursuit of fame and fortune in "Every Other Weekend," a role that was written expressly for her. Baye also shone as a pregnant, HIV-positive woman in "Mensonge/The Lie" (1993) and portrayed Dr. Francoise Borre, who worked on the identification of the HIV virus, in HBO's Emmy-winning "And the Band Played On" (1993).

As the 90s drew to a close and she approached an age when most actress find it difficult securing leading roles, Baye continued to offer superlative performances. In 1998's "Venus Beaute Institut," written and directed by Tonie Marshall, she essayed Angele, a fortyish beautician who has shut herself off from the possibility of love only to be ardently pursued by a young sculptor. The following year, Baye turned in a strong, sensual portrayal as a woman who seeks to satisfy a sexual fantasy via a personal ad which leads to an odd and touching relationship in "Une Liaison pornographique/An Affair of Love." She then played a victim of blackmail in the drama "Selon Matthieu/According to Matthieu" (2000).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Two Mothers (2013)
Laurence Anyways (2012)
Ensemble C'Est Trop (2010)
Hitler in Hollywood (2010)
Face (2009)
God's Offices (2008)
Off and Running (2008)
A French Gigolo (2008)
Tell No One (2008)
Le Prix A Payer (2007)
Michou D'Auber (2007)
Mon Fils A Moi (2006)
La Californie (2006)
The Young Lieutenant (2005)
Francois Truffaut, An Autobiography (2004)
Herself
I've Been Waiting So Long (2004)
Les Sentiments (2003)
The Flower of Evil (2003)
Anne
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Absolument fabuleux (2001)
Barnie et ses petites contrarietes (2001)
Lucie
Ca ira mieux demain (2000)
Sophie
Selon Matthieu (2000)
Claire
An Affair of Love (2000)
A Pornographic Affair (1999)
Venus Beauty Institute (French) (1999)
Angele Piana
Paparazzi (1998)
Si je t'aime... prends garde a toi (1998)
Muriel
Food of Love (1997)
Michele
The Machine (1996)
Marie
Enfants de salaud (1996)
Sophie
And the Band Played On (1993)
Mensonge (1993)
Emma
Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits (1993)
Herself
La Voix (1992)
Lorraine
La Provinciale (1990)
Christine
The Man Inside (1990)
Christine
C'est La Vie (1990)
Lena
Giocodi Massacro (1990)
Every Other Weekend (1990)
Camille
En toute innocence (1988)
Catherine
Beethoven's Nephew (1987)
Leonore
Lune de Miel (1987)
Cecile Carline
De guerre lasse (1987)
Alice
D├ętective (1985)
Francoise Chenal
Rive droite, rive gauche (1984)
Notre Histoire (1984)
Donatienne
La Balance (1982)
The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)
J'ai Epouse Une Ombre (1982)
Helene
Une Etrange Affaire (1981)
L' Ombre Rouge (1981)
Anna
Beau Pere (1981)
Charlotte
Every Man For Himself (1980)
Denise Rimbaud
Je vais craquer! (1980)
Brigitte
A Week's Vacation (1980)
Laurence Cuers
La Memoire courte (1979)
Judith Mesnil
Mon premier amour (1978)
Fabienne
The Green Room (1978)
The Man Who Loved Women (1977)
Monsieur Papa (1977)
Janine
Un jour la fete (1975)
Girl
La Gueule ouverte (1974)
Nathalie
Day for Night (1973)

Writer (Feature Film)

A Pornographic Affair (1999)
Screenplay

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Francois Truffaut, An Autobiography (2004)
Other
Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits (1993)
Other

Life Events

1968

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

1972

Film debut alongside Isabelle Adjani in "Faustine"

1972

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

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

1977

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

1978

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

1979

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

1980

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

1981

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

1981

First film with Bertrand Blier, "Beau Pere"

1982

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

1982

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

1984

Reteamed with Blier for "Notre histoires/Our Story"

1985

Second film with Godard, "Detective"

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

1993

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

1996

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

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

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"

2000

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

2001

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

Family

Claude Baye
Father
Painter.
Laura Halliday
Daughter
Born on November 15, 1983.

Companions

Johnny Halliday
Companion
Pop singer. Met in 1982; separated in 1986.
Philippe Leotard
Companion
Actor. Appeared together in "La Balance" (1982); had ten-year relationship; no longer together; died on August 25, 2001.

Bibliography