Béatrice Dalle

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Béatrice Dalle
Béatrice Dalle 1999.jpg
Dalle in 1999
Born Béatrice Cabarrou
(1964-12-19) 19 December 1964 (age 56)
Brest, Finistère, France
Occupation actress
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Jean-François Dalle
Guénaël Meziani
Partner(s) Alessandro Gassman
(?-1998; broken engagement)

Béatrice Dalle (born 19 December 1964) is a French actress.


Dalle was born in Brest, Finistère, France, as Béatrice Cabarrou.[1][2] In 1985, she married the painter Jean-François Dalle but they divorced in 1988.

She was working as a model when she met filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix. Beineix cast her in the lead role in the 1986 film 37°2 le matin (later released in the United Kingdom and United States under the title Betty Blue). She went on to appear in a series of major roles in French films, including the 1989 film Chimère, which was entered into the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

She is seen in a feature role in the 1991 music video "Move To Memphis" by Norwegian band a-ha.

She made her debut to American audiences in Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth in 1991. In 1997, she was cast in The Blackout, her first film made in the United States.

In 2001, Dalle appeared in the controversial film, Trouble Every Day, in which she played a vampire. More recently, she starred in the 2007 film À l'intérieur, in which she played a cruel psychopath stalking a pregnant woman.

Dalle was arrested in 1991 for stealing jewelry in Paris; she received a fine for assaulting a traffic warden in 1998; she was also arrested in Miami in 1999 for cocaine possession.[4] In 2001, while running[clarification needed] the catwalk for the fashion designer Marco Coretti's collection in Rome, she destroyed an haute couture dress worth €12,000.

In January, 2005, while making a film about prison life in Brest, Dalle met Guenaël Meziani, who was serving a 12-year prison sentence for assaulting and raping his ex-girlfriend. She married him after 24 one-hour visits, and spoke on his behalf at hearings for his early release.[4][5] According to the newspaper Le Parisien, in May, 2009 just weeks after he was given a conditional release for good behavior, police were called to her flat in the Marais district of Paris because of a violent dispute in which Meziani allegedly threatened to kill her.[6]


Year Title Author Director
2014 Lucrèce Borgia Victor Hugo David Bobée


Year Title Role Director Notes
1986 Betty Blue Betty Jean-Jacques Beineix Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
On a volé Charlie Spencer ! The Star Francis Huster
1988 The Witches' Sabbath Maddalena Marco Bellocchio
1989 Chimère Alice Claire Devers
Les bois noirs Violette Jacques Deray
1990 A Woman's Revenge Suzy Jacques Doillon
1991 Night on Earth Blind Woman Jim Jarmusch
1992 La Belle Histoire Odona Claude Lelouch
La Fille de l'air Brigitte Maroun Bagdadi
1994 I Can't Sleep Mona Claire Denis
À la folie Elsa Diane Kurys
1996 Clubbed to Death Saida Yolande Zauberman
Désiré Madeleine Bernard Murat
1997 The Blackout Annie Abel Ferrara
Al límite Elena Eduardo Campoy
1999 Toni Marie Philomène Esposito
2000 La vérité vraie Cathy Fabrice Cazeneuve TV Movie
2001 Trouble Every Day Coré Claire Denis (2)
H Story The Actress Nobuhiro Suwa
2002 Seventeen Times Cecile Cassard Cécile Cassard Christophe Honoré
Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space Tatla Tol
Les oreilles sur le dos Monica Xavier Durringer TV Movie
2003 Time of the Wolf Lise Brandt Michael Haneke
Vendetta Alice Richard Aujard Short
2004 Clean Elena Olivier Assayas
The Gate of Sun Catherine Yousry Nasrallah
The Intruder Queen of the north Claire Denis (3)
Process The Actress C.S. Leigh
2005 Dans tes rêves Ava Denis Thybaud
2006 Tête d'or The Princess Gilles Blanchard
2007 Inside The Woman Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress
Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actress
Truands Béatrice Frédéric Schoendoerffer
2008 Les bureaux de Dieu Milena Claire Simon
New Wave Anna Gaël Morel TV Movie
2009 Domain Nadia Patric Chiha
2010 De l'encre Mathilde Ekoué & Hamé TV Movie
2011 Livid Lucie's mother Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (2)
Notre Paradis Anna Gaël Morel (2)
Jimmy Rivière Gina Teddy Lussi-Modeste
2012 Bye Bye Blondie Gloria Virginie Despentes
L'étoile du jour Zohra Sophie Blondy
Punk Teresa Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire TV Movie
2013 Le renard jaune Béatrice Jean-Pierre Mocky
Meine Schwestern Mildred Lars Kraume
Les rencontres d'après minuit The Commissioner Yann Gonzalez
Myster Mocky présente Henriette Jean-Pierre Mocky (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
2014 Among the Living Jeanne Faucheur Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (3)
ABCs of Death 2 The Grandmother Julien Maury (4)
Rosenn Yvan Le Moine
2015 Malaterra Suzanne Leroy Jean-Xavier de Lestrade & Laurent Herbiet TV Mini-Series


  1. LesGensDuCinéma.com
  2. There are conflicting references to Dalle's birthplace. The majority of sources state she was born in Brest, Finistère. However, there are also a number of sources that state she was born in Le Mans, Sarthe.
  3. "Festival de Cannes: Chimère". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Women who have killer instincts," The Independent, January 27, 2005.
  5. "Actress Defends Rape Suspect, by Colin Randall, The Daily Telegraph "Actress Defends Rape Suspect," by Colin Randall, The Daily Telegraph, December 14, 2005
  6. "Betty Blue star Béatrice Dalle threatened by rapist husband," by Henry Samuel, The Telegraph, May 15, 2009.

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