Sylvia Bataille (1 November 1908 – 23 December 1993) was a French actress, born Sylvia Maklès in Paris (where she also died), of Romanian-Jewish descent.[1] When she was twenty, she married the writer Georges Bataille with whom she had a daughter, the psychoanalyst Laurence Bataille (1930–1986).[2][3] Georges Bataille and Sylvia separated in 1934 but did not divorce until 1946. Starting in 1938, she was a companion of the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan with whom, in 1941, she had a daughter, Judith, today Judith Miller. Sylvia Bataille married Jacques Lacan in 1953.

A pupil of Charles Dullin, Sylvia Bataille's theatrical debut was with the agit-prop troupe Groupe Octobre, directed by Jacques Prévert. Her film debut came in 1933, and in 1936 she played her most memorable role in Partie de campagne (A Day in the Country) directed by Jean Renoir. Her final appearance was in 1950.



  1. ^ Michel Surya (2002) Georges Bataille: an intellectual biography, page 147
  2. ^ Roudinesco, Élisabeth; Plon, Michel et al. (2004). Wörterbuch der Psychoanalyse: Namen, Länder, Werke, Begriffe. Austria: Springer. p. 588. ISBN 3-211-83748-5. Sie war die Mutter einer kleinen Tochter, Laurence Bataille (1930-1986)...  CS1 maint: Explicit use of et al. (link)
  3. ^ Laurence is both a female and male name in France.