Beatrice Dalle
Birth Date:
December 19, 1964
Birth Place:
Le Mans, Sarthe, France
Famous for:
Her role in '372 le matin' (1986)
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Betty Blue


French actress Beatrice Dalle rose to prominence starring in Jean-Jacques Beneix's “Betty Blue” (1986), for which she picked up a César nomination. A former model, she was introduced to the director while working as a model. Dalle went on to star in various French films, including “The Vision of the Sabbath” (1988), “La vengeance d'une femme” (1990), “To Madness” (1994) and “Clubbed to Death (Lola)” (1996) before acting in the American movie “The Blackout” (1997). However, after being arrested for drug possession while shooting the film and being labeled “Undesirable Immigrant,” she lost a chance to work opposite Bruce Willis in the massively popular “The Sixth Sense” (1998) because she was denied an American work permit. Prior to “The Blackout,” she portrayed a blind woman in Jim Jarmush's “Night on Earth” (1991). Dalle has since continued to work extensively in French cinema. Her more recent and upcoming credits include “Trouble Every Day” (2001), “Time of the Wolf” (2003), “Clean” (2004), “The Gate of Sun” (2004), “The Intruder” (2004), “Tête d'or” (2006), “Crime Insiders” (2007), “Inside” (2007, won a Fangoria Chainsaw Award), “God's Offices” (2008), “Domaine” (2009), Bye Bye Blondie” (2010) and “Jimmy Rivière” (2011). Dalle has also appeared in a few television projects in France.

Dalle has been married twice. She was married to Jean-François Dalle from 1985 to 1988. She married her present husband, Guénaël Méziani, in January 2005 in a jail after 24 one hour visits with him. Méziani was later given a conditional release for good behavior. However, just weeks after his release, in May 2009, it was reported that the couple were involved in a violent dispute where Meziani allegedly threatening to kill Dalle. Dalle has also been in trouble with the law. In 1991, she was arrested for stealing jewelry in Paris. She was arrested again in 1998 for attacking a Parisian meter maid who was ticketing her car in a handicapped parking spot. She received a suspended sentence and was placed on probation. In 1999, she was arrested in Miami for cocaine possession.

Dalle's love life has also been linked to actor Alessandro Gassman, her co-star in “Toni” (1999), and French rapper Joey Starr.

La Grande Bouche

Childhood and Family:

Beatrice Dalle was born on December 19, 1964, in Brest, Brittany, France. Her birth name is Beatrice Cabarrou and sis known by the nickname La Grande Bouche.

In May 1985, Beatrice married painter Jean-François Dalle, but the couple divorced in 1988. In January 2005, while making a film about prison life at the Brest Hermitage prison, she met Guénaël Méziani, who was then doing a 12 year prison sentence for rape. They married in jail on August 3, 2005. It was Beatrice who spoke on behalf of her husband to help him receive an early release.



While working as a model, Beatrice Dalle was introduced to filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix, who at the time was searching for an actress to star in his film “Betty Blue.” Adapted from the 1985 novel of the same name by Philippe Djian, the drama, which Beineix scripted, directed and produced, was released in France on April 9, 1986, under the title “37°2 le matin,” which means “37.2°C in the Morning.” It won a César for Best Poster and an additional eight nominations, including Best Actress for Dalle's portrayal of Betty, Best Director and Best Film. The film, which was released in the U.S. on November 7, 1986, went on to enjoy success at the international level by nabbing a 1987 Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It also received a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination in the same category.

After “Betty Blue,” Dalle was cast in “On a volé Charlie Spencer” (1986), which was directed and written by and starred Francis Huster, Marco Bellocchio's “La visione del Sabba” (“The Vision of the Sabbath,” 1988), as Alice in Claire Devers's “Chimère” (1989) and Violette in the based on novel “Les bois noirs” (1989), by Jacques Deray. It was her stunning performance in “La visione del Sabba” that secured her status as a rising star.

Opening the 1990s, Dalle gained a further boost when she was cast with Isabelle Huppert in Jacques Doillon's “La vengeance d'une femme” (1990). The film was nominated for a Golden Berlin Bear at the 1990 Berlin International Film Festival. The next year, after having a featured role on the music video “Move to Memphis” by Norwegian band A-ha, she made her American debut with Jim Jarmush's “Night on Earth” (1991). In the film, Dalle portrayed a blind woman in Paris who goes for a ride at night with a driver who comes from the Ivory Coast. The film won a 1993 Independent Spirit for Best Cinematography.

During the remainder of the 1990s, Dalle worked primarily in the French cinema. She co-starred with Gérard Lanvin in Claude Lelouch's “La belle histoire” (1992), starred as Brigitte in Maroun Bagdadi's “La fille de l'air” (1992), supported Yekaterina Golubeva in Claire Denis' “J'ai pas sommeil” (“I Can't Sleep,” 1994), which was screened at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, and portrayed Elsa in Diane Kurys' “À la Folie” (“To Madness,” 1994). She was also seen as Madeleine in Bernard Murat's “Désiré” (1996) and teamed up with Élodie Bouchez and Roschdy Zem in “Clubbed to Death (Lola)” (1996). In 1997, Dalle was cast in Abel Ferrara's “The Blackout” in the United States. It was screened out of competition at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. The film starred Matthew Modine as Matty and Claudia Schiffer as Susan. After appearing in the Spanish movie “To the Limit” (1997), she returned to French films with the Philomène Esposito crime drama “Toni” (1999), which starred Alessandro Gassman.

While filming “The Blackout” in Miami, Dalle was convicted of drug charges. After the incident, she was classified as an “Undesirable Immigrant” by the American Ambassador to France and was denied a work permit to appear in the soon-to-be blockbuster hit “The Sixth Sense” (1999), with Bruce Willis. Initially cast as Willis' wife, her role eventually went to Olivie Williams.

Entering the new millennium, Dalle made her television debut in the TV film “La vérité vraie” (“The True Reality,” 2000). She returned to features in the art house thriller “Trouble Every Day” (2001), a reunion with director Claire Denis. Following a performance in the Japanese movie “H Story” (2001), she starred as Cécile Cassard in the French drama “Seventeen Times Cecile Cassard,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2002. She then portrayed Alice in the short “Vendetta” (2003) and Lise Brandt in Michael Haneke's “Le temps du loup” (“Time of the Wolf,” 2003), which reunited her with Isabelle Huppert. The latter film was screened out of competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival and was shown at the 2003 Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival, where it received the Best Screenplay Award, the José Luis Guarner Critic's Award and a nomination for Best Film. She made her second television appearance in 2002's “Les oreilles sur le dos,” where she starred as Monica.

After providing the voice of Tatla the Machine God in the Japanese award winning animated film “Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space” (known in the US as “Tamala 2010,” 2003), Dalle starred in the France/U.K. production “L'Actrice” (2004). Directed and written by C.S. Leigh, the film was screened at various festivals throughout the world. Still in 2004, she portrayed Elena in Olivier Assayas' “Clean” (2004), which starred Maggie Cheung as Emily Wang and Nick Nolte as Albrecht Hauser, had the supporting role of Catherine in the based on novel “Bab el shams” (“The Gate of Sun”) and was reunited with filmmaker Claire Denis for the drama “L'intrus” (“The Intruder”). “L'intrus,” adapted from the autobiographical essay by philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, premiered in competition at the 2004 Venice Film Festival and earned a Golden Lion nomination.

In 2005, Dalle costarred as Ava in Denis Thybaud's “Dans tes rêves.” She resurfaced the following year in the based on play “Tête d'or” (2006), helmed by Gilles Blanchard. She stayed in French movies with 2007's “Truands” (“Crime Insiders”), but it was her role in the French horror film “À l'intérieur” (“Inside,” 2007), opposite Alysson Paradis as Sarah, that brought her a Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 2009 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. In 2008, the actress appeared as Milena in “Les bureaux de Dieu” (“God's Offices”) by Claire Simon, and Anna in the television film “New Wave.” In 2009, she played a thirty something woman named Nadia who has a relationship with a teenager in Patric Chiha's “Domaine.”

Recently, in 2010, Dalle completed filming a dramatic feature titled “Jimmy Rivière” for director Teddy Lussi-Modeste. It will be released in France on March 16, 2011. In the movie, she will play Gina. Dalle is set to portray Gloria, opposite Emmanuelle Béart as Frances, in “Bye Bye Blondie” (2010), directed and written by Virginie Despentes.


  • Fangoria Chainsaw: Chainsaw Award, Best Supporting Actress, “À l'intérieur” (“Inside”), 2009

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