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NATHALIE BAYE (Paula Abagnale) is one of France's most distinguished and admired actresses. Among her honors, she has won three César Awards, France's equivalent of the Oscar®, and earned another four César nominations. American moviegoers have seen her in several of her more than 60 films, including three for famed director Francois Truffaut: "Day for Night," which marked her major motion picture debut; "The Man Who Loved Women"; and "The Green Room." She also starred opposite Gerard Dépardieu in "The Return of Martin Guerre."

Baye's more recent film credits include "Une liaison pornographique" ("An Affair of Love"), for which she won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival; and "Vénus beauté (institut)" ("Venus Beauty Institute"), which brought her her most recent César Award nomination.

Baye began her career in the arts as a dancer, and moved to New York at age 17 to study classical ballet and modern dance. She toured the United States with a dance company before returning to France, where she turned her attention to acting. She won her first César Award in 1981 for her performance in Jean-Luc Godard's "Sauve qui peut (la vie)" ("Every Man for Himself"), and earned an additional César nomination that same year for her role in Bertrand Tavernier's "Une semaine de vacances" ("A Week's Vacation").

Over the next two years, Baye won two consecutive César Awards for her work in Pierre Granier-Deferre's "Une étrange affaire" and Bob Swaim's "La balance." Her other César nominations came for her performances in Robin Davis' "J'ai épousé un ombre" ("I Married a Dead Man") and Nicole Garcia's "Un week-end sur deux" ("Every Other Weekend").

Baye's most noted film credits also include Jean-Luc Godard's "Détective," Bertrand Blier's "Beau-pére" and "Notre histoire" ("Our Story"), and Diane Kurys' "C'est la vie," to list only a few. She was also featured in Roger Spottiswoode's award-winning television movie "And the Band Played On."

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