Sylvia Bataille

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Sylvia Bataille
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Sylvia Maklès

(1908-11-01)1 November 1908
Paris, France
Died22 December 1993(1993-12-22) (aged 85)
Paris, France
Years active1933–1950
    Georges Bataille
    (m. 1928;div. 1946)
      Jacques Lacan
      (m. 1953;died 1981)

Sylvia Bataille (born Sylvia Maklès; 1 November 1908 – 22 December 1993) [1] [2] [lower-alpha 1] was a French actress of Romanian-Jewish descent. [3] When she was twenty, she married the writer Georges Bataille with whom she had a daughter, the psychoanalyst Laurence Bataille (1930–1986). [4] Georges Bataille and Sylvia separated in 1934 but did not divorce until 1946. Starting in 1938, she was a companion of the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan with whom, in 1941, she had a daughter, Judith (married name Judith Miller). Sylvia Bataille married Jacques Lacan in 1953.


A pupil of Charles Dullin, Bataille's theatrical debut was with the agit-prop troupe Groupe Octobre, directed by Jacques Prévert. Her film debut came in 1933, and in 1936 she played her most memorable role in Partie de campagne (A Day in the Country) directed by Jean Renoir. Her final appearance was in 1950.



  1. Bataille's year of birth is sometimes given as 1912. See Hunt, footnote on p. 107.

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  1. Hunt, Jamer Kennedy (April 1995). "Absence to Presence: The Life History of Sylvia [Bataille] Lacan (France)". Rice University. pp. ii, 105, 107, 188–191. hdl:1911/16832 . Retrieved 18 October 2021 via Rice Digital Scholarship Archive.
  2. "Sylvia Bataille". Cinémathèque française (in French). Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  3. Michel Surya (2002) Georges Bataille: an intellectual biography, page 147
  4. Roudinesco, Élisabeth; Plon, Michel; et al. (2004). Wörterbuch der Psychoanalyse: Namen, Länder, Werke, Begriffe. Austria: Springer. p. 588. ISBN   978-3-211-83748-1. Sie war die Mutter einer kleinen Tochter, Laurence Bataille (1930–1986)...