Béatrice Dalle

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Béatrice Dalle
Béatrice Dalle 1999.jpg
Dalle in 1999
Born Béatrice Cabarrou
(1964-12-19) 19 December 1964 (age 50)
Brest, Finistère, France
Occupation actress
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Jean-François Dalle
Guénaël Meziani
Partner(s) Alessandro Gassman
(?-1998; broken engagement)

Béatrice Dalle (born 19 December 1964) is a French actress.


Dalle was born in Brest, Finistère, France, as Béatrice Cabarrou.[1][2] In 1985, she married the painter Jean-François Dalle but they divorced in 1988.

She was working as a model when she met filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix. Beineix cast her in the lead role in the 1986 film 37°2 le matin (later released in the United Kingdom and United States under the title Betty Blue). She went on to appear in a series of major roles in French films, including the 1989 film Chimère, which was entered into the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

She is seen in a feature role in the 1991 music video "Move To Memphis" by Norwegian band a-ha.

She made her debut to American audiences in Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth in 1991. In 1997, she was cast in The Blackout, her first film made in the United States.

In 2001, Dalle appeared in the controversial film, Trouble Every Day, in which she played a vampire. More recently, she starred in the 2007 film À l'intérieur, in which she played a cruel psychopath stalking a pregnant woman.

Dalle was arrested in 1991 for stealing jewelry in Paris; she received a fine for assaulting a traffic warden in 1998; she was also arrested in Miami in 1999 for cocaine possession.[4] In 2001, while running[clarification needed] the catwalk for the fashion designer Marco Coretti's collection in Rome, she destroyed an haute couture dress worth €12,000.

In January, 2005, while making a film about prison life in Brest, Dalle met Guenaël Meziani, who was serving a 12-year prison sentence for assaulting and raping his ex-girlfriend. She married him after 24 one-hour visits, and spoke on his behalf at hearings for his early release.[4][5] According to the newspaper Le Parisien, in May, 2009 just weeks after he was given a conditional release for good behavior, police were called to her flat in the Marais district of Paris because of a violent dispute in which Meziani allegedly threatened to kill her.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1986 37°2 le matin (Betty Blue) Betty Jean-Jacques Beineix
On a volé Charlie Spencer the film star Francis Huster
1988 La Visione del Sabba[7] (The Vision of the Sabbath) Maddalena Marco Bellocchio
1989 Chimère Alice Claire Devers
Les Bois noirs (The Dark Woods) Violette Jacques Deray
1990 La Vengeance d'une Femme (Vengeance of a Woman) Suzy Jacques Doillon
1991 Night on Earth the blind passenger Jim Jarmusch
1992 La Belle Histoire (The Beautiful Story) Odona Claude Lelouch
La Fille de l'air[8] (The Girl in the Air) Brigitte Maroun Bagdadi
1994 J'ai pas sommeil (I Can't Sleep) Mona Claire Denis
À la folie[9] Elsa Diane Kurys
1996 Désiré Madeleine Bernard Murat
Clubbed to Death Saida Yolande Zauberman
1997 The Blackout Annie Abel Ferrara
Al limite[10] Elena Eduardo Campoy
1999 Toni Marie Philomène Esposito
2001 Trouble Every Day Coré Claire Denis
H Story The actress Nobuhiro Suwa
2002 17 fois Cécile Cassard Cécile Cassard Christophe Honoré
2003 Vendetta[11] Alice Richard Aujard
Le Temps du Loup (Time of the Wolf) Lise Brandt Michael Haneke
2004 Clean Elena Olivier Assayas
Bab el shams Catherine Yousry Nasrallah
L'intrus (The Intruder) The woman Claire Denis
2005 Dans tes rêves Anna Denis Thybaud
2007 A l'intérieur The woman Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury
2009 Domain Nadia Patric Chiha
2011 Notre Paradis Anna Gaël Morel
Livid Lucie's mother Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
Jimmy Rivière Gina Teddy Lussi-Modeste
2013 You and the Night Commissioner Yann Gonzalez
2014 Among the Living Jeanne Faucheur Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
ABCs of Death 2 - "X is for Xylophone" (segment) Grandmother Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury


  1. ^ LesGensDuCinéma.com
  2. ^ There are conflicting references to Dalle's birthplace. The majority of sources state she was born in Brest, Finistère. However, there are also a number of sources that state she was born in Le Mans, Sarthe.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Chimère". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Women who have killer instincts," The Independent, January 27, 2005.
  5. ^ "Actress Defends Rape Suspect, by Colin Randall, The Daily Telegraph "Actress Defends Rape Suspect," by Colin Randall, The Daily Telegraph, December 14, 2005
  6. ^ "Betty Blue star Béatrice Dalle threatened by rapist husband," by Henry Samuel, The Telegraph, May 15, 2009.
  7. ^ "La visione del sabba". Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  8. ^ "Flucht durch die Wolken". Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  9. ^ "Á la folie". Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  10. ^ "To the Limit". Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  11. ^ "Vendetta". Retrieved 2012-10-09. 

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