Catherine Robbe-Grillet

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Catherine Robbe-Grillet
Catherine Rstakian

(1930-09-24) 24 September 1930 (age 90)
Paris, France
Alma materHEC Paris
(m. 1957; died 2008)

Beverly Charpentier
(m. 2018)

Catherine Robbe-Grillet (French: [ʁɔb ɡʁi.jɛ]; née Rstakian; born 24 September 1930) is a French writer, dominatrix, photographer, theatre and film actress of Armenian descent who has published sadomasochistic writings under the pseudonyms Jean de Berg and Jeanne de Berg.


She was born in Paris, where she attended secondary school and high school.

L'Image, a sadomasochistic novel published in 1956 by éditions de Minuit, was written under the pseudonym Jean de Berg.[1] Radley Metzger made the novel into a 1975 film, The Image, also known as The Punishment of Anne.[2]

She is also the author of Cérémonies de femmes (ed. Grasset) (1985) written under the pseudonym Jeanne de Berg[3] and Entretien avec Jeanne de Berg (ed. Les Impressions Nouvelles) (2002) under the name Catherine Robbe-Grillet.[4] In 2004, she wrote, under her own name, Jeune mariée: Journal, 1957-1962 (ed. Fayard), an account of the early years of her marriage.[5] Her most recent publication is Le Petit Carnet Perdu (March 2007, ed. Fayard) under the name of Jeanne de Berg.

She had a small part in L'Immortelle (1963) as Catherine Sarayan. Her last appearance as an actress was on stage in 2016, in Savannah Bay by Marguerite Duras, directed by Beverly Charpentier.

She married the French writer and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet in Paris on 23 October 1957;[6] he died in February 2008.[7]

In 2014, she was the subject of a documentary film entitled The Ceremony, which examines her life as a lifestyle dominatrix and member of the BDSM (sadomasochistic) community.[8]


  • L'image par Jean de Berg. Paris: Éditions de Minuit, 1956
  • Cérémonies de Femmes par Jeanne de Berg. Paris: Éditions Grasset 1985
  • Entretien avec Jeanne de Berg par Catherine Robbe-Grillet. Paris: Éditions les Impressions Nouvelles 2002
  • Jeune mariée: journal, 1957–1962 par Catherine Robbe-Grillet. Paris: Fayard 2004
  • Le Petit carnet perdu par Jeanne de Berg. Paris: Fayard 2007
  • "Correspondances" par Catherine Robbe-Grillet : Fayard 2012
  • "Alain" par Catherine Robbe-Grillet : Fayard 2012


  1. ^ Bentley, Toni (22 January 2014). "Inside the Life of France's Most Famous Dominatrix". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  2. ^ "L' IMAGE (1975)". BFI. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  3. ^ Saktanber, Binnaz (November 2014). "Catherine Robbe-Grillet: An Eighty-four-year-old Dominatrix in Istanbul". Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  4. ^ Devarrieux, Claire (12 July 2002). "Catherine Robbe-Grillet Entretien avec Jeanne de Berg". Libé (in French). Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  5. ^ Soria, Ana Teruel (18 April 2014). "A grande 'benfeitora' do sexo com chicotes e açoites". EL PAÍS (in Portuguese).
  6. ^ Reginald, R.; Burgess, Mary A.; Menville, Douglas (1 September 2010). Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature Vol 2. Wildside Press LLC. p. 1049. ISBN 9780941028783.
  7. ^ "Alain Robbe-Grillet, French avant-garde writer, dies at 85". The New York Times. 18 February 2008. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  8. ^ Campbell, Andy (15 March 2015). "SXSW Film Review: The Ceremony".

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