Nathalie Marie Andrée Baye
6 July 1948
Mainneville, Eure, France
|Partner(s)|| Philippe Léotard |
Nathalie Marie Andrée Baye  (French: [natali baj] ; 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 ten-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 better known as the script girl in Day for Night (La Nuit américaine, 1973) by François Truffaut. Throughout the 1970s, she played the good girlfriend or nice provincial girl in film and television.
She won her first César, as best supporting artist, for Every Man for Himself (Sauve qui peut (la vie), 1980) directed by Jean-Luc Godard. There then followed The Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre, 1982) and La Balance (also 1982).
Baye won two more César Awards, Best Supporting Actress, for Strange Affair (Une étrange affaire, 1981), and Best Actress for La Balance, 1982). Her four-year relationship with Johnny Hallyday made them a celebrity couple and their daughter is Laura Smet, now an actress.
After changing her image by playing a streetwalker in La Balance, she widened her scope with more obscure characters in J'ai épousé une ombre (1983) and En toute innocence (1988). In 1986, she returned to the theatre with an interpretation of Adriana Monti.
In 1999, she was voted Best Supporting Actress at Venice Film Festival for Une liaison pornographique and starred in Vénus Beauté (Institut) (2000) by Tonie Marshall which won multiple César Awards including Best Film.
She has worked with Claude Chabrol and Steven Spielberg.
|1970||Au théâtre ce soir||Martine Legrand||Pierre Sabbagh||Episode Les Croulants se portent bien|
|1972||Two People||uncredited||Robert Wise|
|1973||Day for Night||Joelle||François Truffaut|
|1974||The Mouth Agape||Nathalie||Maurice Pialat|
|1974||La Gifle||Christine||Claude Pinoteau|
|1975||Un jour, la fête||Julie||Pierre Sisser|
|1975||Cinéma 16||Fabienne||Alain Boudet||Episode Esquisse d'une jeune femme sans dessus-dessous|
|1976||The Last Woman||The girl with cherries||Marco Ferreri|
|1976||Le Plein de super||Charlotte||Alain Cavalier|
|1976||Le Voyage de noces||Sophie||Nadine Trintignant|
|1977||The Man Who Loved Women||Martine Desdoits||François Truffaut|
|1977||Monsieur Papa||Janine||Philippe Monnier|
|1977||Solemn Communion||Jeanne Vanderberghe||René Féret|
|1977||Les Cinq Dernières Minutes||Gisèle||Guy Séligmann||Episode Une si jolie petite cure|
|1978||Mon premier amour||Fabienne||Élie Chouraqui|
|1978||The Green Room||Cécilia Mandel||François Truffaut|
|1978||Sacré farceur||Marianne||Jacques Rouland||TV film|
|1979||Every Man for Himself||Denise Rimbaud||Jean-Luc Godard|
|1979||La Mémoire courte||Judith Mesnil||Eduardo de Gregorio|
|1979||Madame Sourdis||Adèle Sourdis||Caroline Huppert||TV film|
|1980||Je vais craquer||Brigitte Ozendron||François Leterrier|
|1980||A Week's Vacation||Laurence Cuers||Bertrand Tavernier|
|1980||La Provinciale||Christine||Claude Goretta|
|1981||Strange Affair||Nina Coline||Pierre Granier-Deferre|
|1981||L'Ombre rouge||Anna||Jean-Louis Comolli|
|1982||The Return of Martin Guerre||Bertrande de Rols||Daniel Vigne|
|1982||La Balance||Nicole Danet||Bob Swaim|
|1983||J'ai épousé une ombre||Hélène||Robin Davis|
|1984||Our Story||Donatienne Pouget / Marie-Thérèse Chatelard / Geneviève Avranches||Bertrand Blier|
|1984||Rive droite, rive gauche||Sacha||Philippe Labro|
|1985||Détective||Françoise Chenal||Jean-Luc Godard|
|1985||Honeymoon||Cécile Carline||Patrick Jamain|
|1985||Le Neveu de Beethoven||Leonore||Paul Morrissey|
|1987||De guerre lasse||Alice Mangin||Robert Enrico|
|1987||En toute innocence||Catherine||Alain Jessua|
|1989||Massacre Play||Bella||Damiano Damiani|
|1990||The Man Inside||Christine||Bobby Roth|
|1990||C'est la vie||Lena||Diane Kurys|
|1990||Every Other Weekend||Camille Valmont||Nicole Garcia|
|1990||Le Pinceau à lèvres||Elle||Bruno Chiche||Short film|
|1992||The Voice||Lorraine||Pierre Granier-Deferre|
|1992||The Timekeeper||Madame de Pompadour||Jeff Blyth|
|1993||Les Contes sauvages||Narrator||Gérald Calderon|
|1993||And the Band Played On||Françoise Barré-Sinoussi||Roger Spottiswoode||TV film|
|1994||La Machine||Marie Lacroix||François Dupeyron|
|1994||François Truffaut : Portraits volés||Herself||Serge Toubiana|
|1995||La Mère||The mother||Caroline Bottaro||Short film|
|1996||Enfants de salaud||Sophie||Tonie Marshall|
|1997||Food of Love||Michele||Stephen Poliakoff|
|1998||Si je t'aime, prends garde à toi||Muriel||Jeanne Labrune|
|1999||Venus Beauty Institute||Angèle||Tonie Marshall|
|1999||Une liaison pornographique||she||Frédéric Fonteyne|
|2000||To Matthieu||Claire||Xavier Beauvois|
|2000||Ça ira mieux demain||Sophie||Jeanne Labrune|
|2001||Absolutely Fabulous||Patsy||Gabriel Aghion|
|2001||Barnie et ses petites contrariétés||Lucie Barnich||Bruno Chiche|
|2002||L'Enfant des lumières||Diane||Daniel Vigne||TV film|
|2002||Catch Me If You Can||Paula Abagnale||Steven Spielberg|
|2002||The Flower of Evil||Anne Charpin-Vasseur||Claude Chabrol|
|2003||France Boutique||Sofia||Tonie Marshall|
|2004||Une vie à t'attendre||Jeanne||Thierry Klifa|
|2005||L'Un reste, l'autre part||Fanny||Claude Berri|
|2005||The Young Lieutenant||Caroline Vaudieu||Xavier Beauvois|
|2006||French California||Maguy||Jacques Fieschi|
|2006||Tell No One||Elisabeth Feldman||Guillaume Canet|
|2006||The Ant Bully||The Queen Ant||John A. Davis||French voice|
|2006||Mon fils à moi||The mother||Martial Fougeron|
|2007||Michou d'Auber||Gisèle||Thomas Gilou|
|2007||Acteur||Camille Degas||Jocelyn Quivrin||Short film|
|2007||The Price to Pay||Odile Ménard||Alexandra Leclère|
|2008||A French Gigolo||Judith||Josiane Balasko|
|2008||Passe-passe||Irène Montier-Duval||Tonie Marshall|
|2008||Les Bureaux de Dieu||Anne||Claire Simon|
|2008||Marie-Octobre||Marie-Hélène Dumoulin / Marie-Octobre||Josée Dayan||TV film|
|2010||Ensemble, c'est trop||Marie-France||Léa Fazer|
|2010||H.H. – Hitler à Hollywood||Herself||Frédéric Sojcher|
|2010||De vrais mensonges||Maddy||Pierre Salvadori|
|2010||Small World||Elisabeth Senn||Bruno Chiche|
|2011||Bye Bye||Cécile||Édouard Deluc||Short film|
|2011||Dormir debout||Véronique||Jean-Luc Perréard||Short film|
|2011||Je voulais vous dire||Romain Delange||Short film|
|2011||Le Premier Rôle||Nathalie||Mathieu Hippeau||Short film|
|2011||À l'abri||The woman||Jérémie Lippmann||Short film|
|2012||Spin||Anne Visage||Frédéric Tellier||TV series|
|2012||Laurence Anyways||Julienne Alia||Xavier Dolan|
|2013||Queens of the Ring||Colette||Jean-Marc Rudnicki|
|2014||Lou! Journal infime||Lou's grandmother||Julien Neel|
|2014||L'Affaire SK1||Frédérique Pons||Frédéric Tellier|
|2015||The Assistant||Marie-France||Christophe Ali|
|2015||Call My Agent !||Herself||Cédric Klapisch||TV Series (2 Episodes)|
|2016||It's Only the End of the World||Martine||Xavier Dolan|
|2017||Alibi.com||Madame Martin||Philippe Lacheau|
|Les Gardiennes||Hortense Sandrail||Xavier Beauvois|
|2018||Nox||Catherine Susini||Mabrouk El Mechri||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2019||Criminal: France||Caroline Solal||Frédéric Mermoud||TV series (1 episode)|
|2020||My Best Part (Garçon chiffon)||Bernadette Meyer||Nicolas Maury|
|2022||Downton Abbey: A New Era||Madame Montmirail||Simon Curtis|
|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|
|1999||Une liaison pornographique||European Film Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|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||The Young Lieutenant||European Film Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2006||The Young Lieutenant||Globes de Cristal Award||Best Actress||Won|
|2006||Mon fils à moi||San Sebastián International Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|2009||A French Gigolo||Globes de Cristal Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2009||—||Legion of Honour||Chevalier of the legion of Honour||Honored|
|2012||—||Magritte Award||Honorary Margritte Award||Honored|
|2017||It's Only the End of the World||Canadian Screen Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|2017||It's Only the End of the World||César Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2017||It's Only the End of the World||Riviera International Film Festival||Best Actress||Nominated|
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