Paulette del Baye

Paulette del Baye (1877 – 23 May 1945), born Catalina Francisca Paulina Batalla, was a French actress, singer, dancer and vaudeville performer from Cuba.

Paulette del Baye
Paulette del Baye, photographed by Paul Boyer, from the March 1907 issue of Les Modes
Catalina Francisca Paulina Batalla

Died23 May 1945(1945-05-23) (aged 67–68)
Harrow, Middlesex, England
Other namesPaulette del Bay, Paulette Delbay, Comtesse de Brioude


Paulette del Baye performed as "La commère au bois" in the revue at the Moulin Rouge in 1904. "Paulette del Baye est une comédienne fine, une chanteuse spirituelle, une danseuse exquise, qui fait de véritables tours de force d'art en souriant," said one report about the revue.[1] She created the role of "Zézé" in Vous n'avez rien a declarer? (1906) at the Théâtre des Nouveautés,[2] and also appeared in Les plaques de l'Année (1906) in Paris.[3] In London, she was seen in More (1916),[4] Arlette (1917),[5] and The Passing Show of 1918 (1918).[6] In 1917 a comic opera was based on her life, and named Paulette del Baye.[7]

Paulette del Baye's film credits included four silent pictures from 1921: Greatheart, Frailty, The Fruitful Vine, and The Woman with the Fan; she also appeared in the Sherlock Holmes adventure The Man with the Twisted Lip.[8]

Other activities

In 1909, she was one of the "fair actresses" implicated in a plot to restore the French monarchy, "but in these days of automobiles and swift yachts," one report explained, "it is exceedingly difficult to follow the lead of the young and charming Mlle. del Baye".[9]

Personal life

Paulette del Baye held the title Comtesse de Brioude.[10] She died in England in 1945.


  1. "La revue de Moulin Rouge" Paris qui chante (11 December 1904): 2, 6.
  2. Maurice Hennequin & Pierre Veber, Vous n'avez rien a declarer? Pièce en trois actes (Paris 1906). via Internet Archive
  3. "Les plaques de l'Année" La Revue Théâtrale (March 1906): 1356.
  4. "Prince's Theatre: A New Revue" The Guardian (23 May 1916): 10. via
  5. "A Well-Known Parisienne" The Tatler (4 July 1917): 22.
  6. Advertisement, The Guardian (27 July 1918): 1. via
  7. "Inside Life, Opera's Plot" Variety (June 1917): 4. via Internet Archive
  8. Denis Gifford, The British Film Catalogue: The Fiction Film (Routledge 2020). ISBN 9781317837015
  9. "Fair Actresses in Plot to Restore Monarchy Are Watched by Police" Columbus Evening Dispatch (21 June 1909): 9. via
  10. Antoine Delécraz, 1914, Paris pendant la mobilisation, notes d'un immobilisé, des faits, des gestes, des mots (1914): 51. via Internet Archive
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