Nathalie Baye

Nathalie Baye

Highest Rated: 100% And the Band Played On (1993)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Man Inside (1990)

Birthday: Jul 6, 1948

Birthplace: Not Available

One of the most celebrated and well-respected French actresses of her generation, Nathalie Baye has enjoyed a lengthy career that has included multiple César awards and work with directors ranging from François Truffaut (who cast her in her breakthrough film La Nuit Américaine [1973]) to Diane Kurys. A versatile performer who exudes both sensuality and skillful comic timing, Baye has been used to great effect in everything from serious psychological dramas to light romantic comedies. Born in Mainneville on July 6, 1948, Baye, the daughter of painters, developed a passionate love of dance at an early age. Her passion took her to New York at the age of 17, where she trained as a ballerina for two years. Upon her return to France, she became interested in acting and studied drama at the Paris Conservatoire. Over the course of her studies she gained a reputation as a talented comedienne and made her screen debut opposite Isabelle Adjani in the 1971 comedy Faustine. Two years later, Truffaut cast her in a supporting part in his acclaimed comedy La Nuit Américaine (known as Day for Night in the U.S.) and Baye subsequently landed her first starring role in Maurice Pialat's marriage drama La Guele Ouverte (1974).After working steadily throughout the remainder of the 1970s in such films as Truffaut's L'Homme Qui Aimait les Femmes (1977) and La Chambre Verte (1978), Baye began the 1980s on a very positive note, winning a Best Supporting Actress César for her role as the estranged girlfriend of the protagonist of Jean-Luc Godard's 1979 romantic drama Sauve Qui Peut (la Vie). The decade proved to be an extremely significant one in Baye's career, as it saw her do some of her most acclaimed work. Two more Césars followed, for her performances in the comedy Une Etrange Affaire (1981) and the crime drama La balance (1982), the films' disparate genres further establishing Baye's great versatility. The actress also did strong work opposite Gérard Depardieu in the internationally acclaimed La Retour de Martin Guerre (1982), the psychological drama J'ai épousé une ombre (1982), Bertrand Blier's satirical Notre Histoire (1984), which starred her as a mysterious woman who seduces Alain Delon and practically her entire neighborhood, and Godard's Détective, a 1985 mystery that featured Baye as an unhappily married woman who becomes caught up in some shady dealings.After a couple of critical and commercial missteps during the late '80s, Baye rebounded with two 1990 films, Nicole Garcia's drama Un Week-end Sur Deux and Diane Kurys' romantic comedy Baule-les-Pins. Both films featured her as a married woman experiencing some sort of crisis and set the tone for the kind of films she became predominately associated with for the remainder of the decade. Thankfully, Baye did not meet the fate of many actresses whose careers are edged out as they edge toward middle age and instead continued to portray vibrant, attractive women in thrillers, dramas, and comedies alike. Two of her more celebrated films were Une liaison pornographique (1999), which cast Baye as a woman who discovers that having an exclusively sexual affair is not as easy as she had imagined, and Vénus Beauté (Institut) (2000), a romantic comedy in which she played a beautician in search of love without commitment. She earned a Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival for the former film and her fourth César nomination for the latter, further proof that the passing of years had only strengthened her appeal, rather than diminishing it.


Highest Rated Movies



95% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) Hortense Sandrail 2018
85% Moka Marlène $0.2M 2017
67% Mme Martin 2017
44% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) La Mère 2016
17% Lou! Journal Infime Lou's grandmother 2015
No Score Yet L'affaire SK1 Actor 2015
84% Laurence Anyways Julienne Alia 2013
No Score Yet Les Reines Du Ring Colette 2013
No Score Yet Small World (Je n'ai rien oublié) Elisabeth Senn 2012
No Score Yet Une étrange affaire (Strange Affair) Actor 2011
No Score Yet Ensemble, c'est Trop Marie-France 2010
No Score Yet Hitler à Hollywood (Hitler in Hollywood) Actor 2010
39% Beautiful Lies (De vrais mensonges) Maddy Dandrieux $0.2M 2010
No Score Yet Les Bureaux de Dieu (God's Offices) Actor 2008
No Score Yet Cliente (Client) (A French Gigolo) Judith 2008
No Score Yet Le Prix a payer Actor 2007
No Score Yet Michou d'Auber Actor 2007
94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) Elisabeth Feldman $6.1M 2006
No Score Yet Mon fils à moi Actor 2006
78% Le Petit Lieutenant Caroline Vaudieu 2006
No Score Yet I've Been Waiting So Long (Une Vie À T'attendre) Actor 2004
No Score Yet France Boutique Sofia 2003
64% The Flower of Evil Anne Charpin-Vasseur 2003
No Score Yet The Mouth Agape (La gueule ouverte) La femme du fils 2003
No Score Yet Les Sentiments Carole 2003
96% Catch Me If You Can Paula $164.5M 2002
No Score Yet Absolument Fabuleux (Absolutely Fabulous) Patricia 2001
No Score Yet According to Matthieu Claire 2001
No Score Yet Tomorrow's Another Day Actor 2001
59% Venus Beauty Institute Angele 2000
No Score Yet Selon Matthieu (To Matthieu) Claire 2000
No Score Yet Ça ira mieux demain Actor 2000
86% Une liaison pornographique (An Affair of Love) (A Pornographic Affair) She 1999
No Score Yet Paparazzi Nicole 1998
No Score Yet Beware of My Love Muriel 1998
No Score Yet François Truffaut: Portraits volés (François Truffaut: Stolen Portraits) Actor 1994
100% And the Band Played On Dr. Francoise Barre 1993
No Score Yet Mensonge, (The Lie) Emma 1993
No Score Yet C'est La Vie Lena 1990
No Score Yet Every Other Weekend Camille Valmont 1990
14% The Man Inside Christine 1990
No Score Yet Engagements Of The Heart (De Guerre Lasse) Actor 1987
91% Détective Francoise Chenal 1985
No Score Yet Beethoven's Nephew Leonore 1985
No Score Yet Notre histoire (Our Story)(Separate Rooms) Donatienne 1984
No Score Yet La Balance Nicole Director 1982
100% The Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre) Bertrande de Rols 1982
No Score Yet J'ai épousé une ombre (I Married A Shadow) Helene 1982
80% Beau Père Charlotte 1981
No Score Yet La Provinciale Christine 1981
No Score Yet L'Ombre Rouge Anna 1981
100% Every Man for Himself (Sauve qui peut (la vie)) Denise Rimbaud $45.7K 1980
No Score Yet Short Memory (La Mémoire Courte) Judith 1979
33% La Chambre Verte (The Green Room) Cecilia Mandel 1979
82% The Man Who Loved Women (L'Homme qui Aimait les Femmes) Martine Desdoits 1977
No Score Yet Mado Catherine 1976
No Score Yet La dernière femme (The Last Woman) Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Slap Christine 1974
100% Day for Night Joelle 1973


No Score Yet Criminal: France
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