Marie-José Nat at the Cannes film festival.
Marie-José Nat (born 22 April 1940) is a French film and television actress.
Early life and family
Marie-José Nat was born Mary-José Benhalassa in Bonifacio, Corse-du-Sud, to a Kabyle father and a Corsican mother. She was married to film director Michel Drach, and starred in his 1961 film Amelie or The Time to Love, his 1970 film Elise, or Real Life and his 1974 film Les violons du bal, concerning his childhood experiences during World War II.
Among her notable works in cinema is sequel films Anatomy of a Marriage: My Days with Jean-Marc and Anatomy of a Marriage: My Days with Françoise (1963) directed by André Cayatte.
She was awarded Best Actress at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Les Violons du bal, and the film was nominated for the Golden Palm award.
She currently divides her time between Paris and Bonifacio, a small town in Corsica where, as the most prominent resident, she is known as the "queen of the town".