French actress Nathalie Baye was born on July 6, 1948. Due to dyslexia, school was very hard for her, so she quit school at 14 to become a dancer. Eventually, she added theatre classes to her roster and she began to get small roles in movies and on TV. Her breakthrough movie was Truffaut’s La Chambre verte in 1978.
Baye won three successive Césars in the early 80s and a fourth in 2001. One of those winners was Le Retour de Martin Guerre, which is a darn good movie (a French version of Sommersby, based on a true story). Baye has highly eclectic tastes in the projects she chooses. Often, she chooses very serious films that tackle social issues written or directed by women, and then she’ll throw in a zany comedy out of left field. All told, she’s been in about 75 movies, more than a dozen TV shows, and about 10 plays. Two causes dear to her heart are the protection of nature and animals and legalizing euthanasia. Baye was awarded a Légion d’honneur in 2009.
Baye’s quotable quote is “Je quitterais un homme pour un film, mais pas un film pour un homme” (sjuh key-ter-ay uhn um poor uhn feelm, meh paz uhn feelm poor uhn um), which means “I would leave a man for a film, but not a film for a man.”
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