French actress Natalie Baye is a four-time César winner. She was awarded the "Crystal Globe", "Gold Star". For her film work she was awarded the Margaret Prize. The actress became a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor, elevated to the rank of officer.
The cinema of France can be appreciated only by fans of the genre. Most viewers know only a few big names. However, in terms of talent, many actors are far superior to the famous Hollywood artists. These performers include Natalie Bai. She participated in hundreds of paintings, becoming a favorite of the French audience.
Looking for a vocation
The future celebrity was born in Menville in 1948, on July 6. Her parents were bohemian artists. Denise Couste and Claude Bye were very gifted personalities. They were able to pass on their qualities to the child. Thanks to aristocracy, ease and gigantic creativity, the baby eventually turned into a surprisingly extraordinary actress.
She is convinced that genetics worked in hand with the atmosphere of the house. Parents instilled in their daughter a taste for beauty, making the girl one of the most gifted children of bohemia. Natalie remembers practically nothing about her small homeland, Menville. Her childhood was spent in Paris. The parents returned to the capital of the country after a successful trip to Normandy. The girl was educated at the prestigious Alsatian Lyceum.
Since childhood, the child suffered from dyslexia. Due to her illness, Natalie remained a shy and modest person for a long time. She talked a little with her peers, she practically had no friends. All this has become a good springboard for the development of creativity. The future famous performer received a lot of free time.
Bai devoted all of it to her chosen hobbies, one of which was dancing. Due to problems with reading and writing, the girl began to dance professionally. Olga Preobrazhenskaya, a teacher of many talented dancers, became her first mentor. Fourteen-year-old Natalie moved with her parents to the south of the country to Menton. There Bai studied at the Monaco Ballet School.
From the age of seventeen, the girl lived in New York. She did not leave ballet classes there either. Very soon, the talented girl joined the troupe of the city, traveled around the country. After a year and a half, the future famous actress realized with regret that this type of creativity would not be able to provide her with a dignified existence.
World of cinema
She returned home and began to seek a calling. Out of the blue, Natalie went to acting classes. The direction was chosen correctly. Dramatic education began with Rene Simon. His courses were the most elite and in demand. After them, Bai became a student and graduate of the Higher National Conservatory.
Very soon, the girl began to appear on the screen. She made her debut in the episode. The work took place in the United States. Natalie starred in the movie "Two". In France, Truffaut's American Night was the first work. Bai was performed by Joelle. According to the plot, the director is busy filming a sentimental picture in a Nice studio. Over the course of six weeks of work, many clashes arise between diverse participants in the process.
Passion, love, fatigue, stress become the cause of disputes. It unites all the cinematography. For the sake of creating a picture, everyone is ready for any sacrifice. Natalie's pictures graced the press and appeared on posters. She was becoming a star.
The talent was quickly appreciated by other directors. The film portfolio began to grow rapidly. The actress remembered well that talent would not last long without a stage. The theater has become a home for Natalie. Bai's glory did not fade over time. All her works continue to enjoy success. She, like three decades, is in demand.
Truffaut, after a successful debut, offered her games in The Green Room and The Man Who Loved Women. Then there was the project "Save who can". For this role in 1980 she was awarded the first "Cesar". The actress again received the award of the same name the following year for the play "Strange Business".
The image of a prostitute in "The Informer" became a new recognition of his talent. The film was recognized as one of the most successful in the national cinema.
Private life and creativity
From the second half of the nineties to the present, Bai continues to act constantly. The audience enthusiastically perceived all her works. Especially highlight are the "Venera Beauty Salon" and "Complex Care". Natalie starred in them with Audrey Tatu. The actress managed to show off her talent in Spielberg's tragicomedy "Catch Me If You Can", played the main characters in a whole series of French comedy films.
The performer's face was immediately recognized, and the talented game was remarkable for its amazing realism. In 2017, the drama film "The Guardians" was released. In it, Bai was played by Hortense Sandrai. The action takes place during the First World War, in 1915. Women became the keepers of the farms' absence of men.
Hortense, a real hard worker, hires a young orphan Francine. Solange's own daughter does not want to work. Growing up at an orphanage, Francine believes she has found a real family.
The private life of the actress is carefully hidden from the eyes of strangers. Unlike on-screen activities, the star is not going to advertise her personal life. She got married once. The French actor and singer Johnny Holliday became her husband. In a short marriage in 1983, one child was born, the daughter of Laura Smet.
When she grew up, she continued the dynasty, becoming an actress. Even occasionally, the name Natalie Bai does not appear in the secular chronicles. She does not flaunt new novels, remaining a true Parisian. The actress is always open and cheerful, but the most intimate she habitually keeps to herself.