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Arielle Dombasle

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Occupation  Actress, singer
Role  Singer
Name  Arielle Dombasle

Website  Official website
Years active  1978–present
Siblings  Gilbert Sonnery
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Full Name  Arielle Laure Maxime Sonnery
Born  April 27, 1953 (age 62) (1953-04-27) Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Spouse  Bernard-Henri Levy (m. 1993), Philippe Albou (m. 1976–1985)
Albums  Diva Latina, Arielle Dombasle By Era, C'est si bon, Amor Amor, Extase, Glamour a mort !, Liberta, French Kiss
Parents  Francion Garreau-Dombasle, Jean-Louis Sonnery de Fromental
Movies  Pauline at the Beach, Opium, It's Gradiva Who Is Calling Y, Little Indian - Big City, Lace
Similar People  Bernard‑Henri Levy, Justine Levy, Carole Bouquet, Philippe Katerine, Eric Rohmer

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Arielle Dombasle (born April 27, 1958) is an American-born French singer, actress, director and model. Her breakthrough roles were in Éric Rohmer's Pauline at the Beach (1983) and Alain Robbe-Grillet's The Blue Villa (1995). She is best known to American audiences for her appearances on Miami Vice where she played Kelly in Season 2, episode 12 of Miami Vice. The episode was entitled "Definitely Miami". She was also one of the main characters in the 1984 miniseries Lace. Since 1978 she has released twenty singles and nine albums.


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Arielle Dombasle - The Charlie Rose Show (13 septembre 2006)

Early years

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She was born Arielle Laure Maxime Sonnery in Norwich, Connecticut, the daughter of Jean-Louis Melchior Sonnery de Fromental, a silk manufacturer, and Francion Garreau-Dombasle. She descends from French-American immigrants in Mexico under her grandfather's diplomatic tenure. The family's surname was created in 1912, when Dombasle's grandfather René Sonnery (1887–1925), an industrialist from Lyon, married Anne-Marie Berthon du Fromental. Arielle took the pseudonym Arielle Dombasle in memory of her mother who died at the age of 36. She was raised as a Roman Catholic.

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Dombasle and her brother Gilbert were raised in Mexico by their maternal grandparents after their mother's death in 1964. She attended the Lycée Franco-Mexicain. She was also raised at Château de Chaintré, the Sonnery family estate near Mâcon, Saône-et-Loire. Her maternal grandfather, Maurice Garreau-Dombasle, was a close friend of and advisor to Charles de Gaulle and served as the French ambassador to Mexico. Her maternal grandmother was Man'ha Garreau-Dombasle (née Germaine Massenet, 1898–1999), a writer and poet who translated Rabindranath Tagore's works into French and was a longtime friend of the science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who dedicated his 1972 novel The Halloween Tree to her.


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Dombasle embarked on a career as an actress and singer after attending the Conservatoire International de Musique de Paris and further studies in Mexico. Dombasle has appeared in several Hollywood productions, but most of her acting work has been in French, unlike her albums which are mostly in Spanish and English. She directed four films, Les Pyramides Bleues, Chassé-croisé, Opium and Alien Crystal Palace. She once described her own looks as "a Crazy Horse dancing girl".

In 2006, she released both albums Amor Amor and C'est si Bon in the USA. In September 2006, she also performed three nights in a row at the Supper Club in New York City in front of Michael Douglas, John Malkovich, Lauren Bacall, Salman Rushdie, Andrée Putman and Charlie Rose. The latter invited Arielle Dombasle to promote her albums on The Charlie Rose Show.

Dombasle joined Les Grosses Têtes, a French radio programme, in January 2016.

Dombasle is the first contestant who was confirmed for the eighth season of Danse avec les Stars (French version of Dancing with the Stars).

Personal life

Dombasle is the third wife of French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy. They got married on June 19, 1993 at Saint-Paul-de-Vence on the Côte d'Azur where they have a villa. She has two stepchildren, Antonin-Balthazar Lévy and Justine Lévy, a novelist. She was previously married to Dr. Paul Albou, described by Vanity Fair as a "playboy society dentist, 32 years her senior."

Dombasle is vegetarian. In 2016, she campaigned against abattoirs for PETA.


  • "Paris m'a séduit" (1980)
  • "Cantate 78" (1985)
  • "Je te salue mari" (1986)
  • "Nada más" (1988)
  • "Amour symphonique" (1989)
  • "Liberta" (2000)
  • "Odysseus" (2000)
  • "Rhum and Coca-Cola" (2004)
  • "C'est si bon" (2006)
  • "Où tu Veux" (2007)
  • "Extraterrestre" (2009)
  • "Hasta siempre" (2010)
  • "Porque te vas" (2011)
  • "Mambo 5" (2011)
  • "Ave Maria" (2013)
  • "Cold Song" (2013)
  • "My Love for Evermore" (2015)
  • "I'm Not Here Anymore" (2016)
  • "Carthagena" (2016)
  • "Point Blank" (2016)
  • Albums

  • 2000: Liberta
  • 2002: Extase
  • 2004: Amor Amor
  • 2006: C'est Si Bon
  • 2009: Glamour à Mort !
  • 2011: Diva Latina
  • 2013: Arielle Dombasle By Era
  • 2015: French Kiss (with The Hillbilly Moon Explosion)
  • 2016: La Rivière Atlantique (with Nicolas Ker)
  • References

    Arielle Dombasle Wikipedia