Baye at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival
|Born||Nathalie Marie Andrée Baye
6 July 1948
Mainneville, Eure, France
Nathalie Marie Andrée Baye (born 6 July 1948) is a French film, television and stage actress. She began her career in 1970 and has appeared in more than 80 films. A nine-time César Award nominee, her four wins were for Every Man for Himself (1980), Strange Affair (1981), La Balance (1982), and The Young Lieutenant (2005). In 2009, she was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Her other films include Day for Night (1973), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Tell No One (2006) and The Assistant (2015).
Baye was born in Mainneville, Eure, Normandy to Claude Baye and Denise Coustet, two painters. At 14 she joined a school of dance in Monaco. Three years later she went to the United States. On returning to France she continued with dance but also registered for the Simon Course and was admitted to the Conservatoire, from where she graduated in 1972 with a second prize in comedy, dramatic comedy and foreign theatre.
Her second cinema appearance was in Two People (1973) directed by Robert Wise. She became more widely known as the script girl in La Nuit américaine (Day for Night) by François Truffaut. Throughout the 1970s she played the good girlfriend or nice provincial girl in film and television.
She won two more Césars (Best Supporting Female for Une étrange affaire (A Strange Affair), and Best Actress in 1982 for La Balance). Her four-year relationship with Johnny Hallyday made them a celebrity couple and their daughter Laura is now actress Laura Smet.
After changing image by playing a streetwalker in La Balance, she widened her scope with more obscure characters in J'ai épousé une ombre and En toute innocence. In 1986 she returned to the theatre with an interpretation of Adriana Monti.
- Au théâtre ce soir: Les croulants se portent bien (1970)
- L'inconnu (1973)
- Esquisse d'une jeune femme sans dessus-dessous (1975)
- Les cinq dernières minutes: Une si jolie petite cure (1977)
- Sacré farceur (1978)
- Madame Sourdis (1979)
- And the Band Played On (1993)
- L'Enfant des lumières (2002)
- Marie–Octobre (2008)
- Le grand restaurant (2010)
Awards and nominations
|Year||Title of work||Award||Category||Result|
|1981||Every Man for Himself||César Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|1981||A Week's Vacation||César Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|1982||Strange Affair||César Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|1983||La Balance||César Award||Best Actress||Won|
|1984||J'ai épousé une ombre||César Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|1991||Un week-end sur deux||César Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|1999||Une liaison pornographique||Venice International Film Festival||Volpi Cup||Won|
|2000||Venus Beauty Institute||César Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2000||Venus Beauty Institute||Seattle International Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|2004||Les Sentiments||César Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2006||The Young Lieutenant||César Award||Best Actress||Won|
|2006||Mon fils à moi||San Sebastián International Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|2009||—||Legion of Honour||Chevalier of the legion of Honour||Honored|
|2012||—||Magritte Award||Honorary Margritte Award||Honored|
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