Aliases: Brigitte Lahaye, Brigitte Simonin, Fanny, Brigitte Bordeaux,
Brigette Lahaye, Brigitte Van Meerhaegue
Birth Name: Brigade Van Meerhaegue
Birth Place: Tourcoing, Nord, France
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Blonde
Height: 173 cm - 5 feet and 8 inches
Weight: 54 kg - 119 lbs
Brigitte Lahaie, along with Sylvia Bourdon and Claudine Beccarie, was
one of the original great porn stars of French adult cinema. She was
born Brigitte Van Meerhaegue, on 12 October 1955, in Tourcoing northern
France, to respectable middle class parents Ė her father was a banker.
"I was brought up in a very respectable, very strict family, but I
always had a very strong libido and had to express it somehow."
She was introduced to sex at the age of 14 through a bicycle-induced
orgasm. Her well-developed figure and voluptuous breasts meant that her
classmates often teased Brigitte at school. After graduating she became
a shoe-salesgirl, but quickly became bored, and at the age of 18 decided
to escape her provincial background and move to Paris in the hope of
becoming a model. Although unable to establish herself as a model and
eventually found herself working behind the camera as an assistant. She
entered the adult industry by chance.
"I answered an advertisement in a magazine. I wanted to be a photo
modelÖ when they explained what was expected of me, I was surprised. I
wasn't very experienced sexually back then, but I had a feeling that
this was what I was destined for, so I signed."
One of the first things Brigitte then did was change her Dutch name to a
more traditional sounding French name. "At the time it seemed like a
good idea not to keep my real surname, partly because it was
unpronounceable, and partly out of respect for my family. To do porn in
1976 was to court trouble. Besides, at the time certain members of my
family were very shocked at what I was doing."
Brigitte Lahaie, actress, author, broadcaster and now a star on French
radio station RMC, with her daily show on life, love and sexuality, "Lahaie,
líamour et vous", she is still better known as perhaps the
quintessential X-rated star icon of France and indeed Europe during the
revolutionary 70ís. But she is much more than that, after successfully
moving from adult cinema to having successful roles in Jean Rollinís
"Fascination", Jess Francoís "Faceless", Philip Kaufmanís "Henry and
June" and recently Fabrice Du Welzís "Calvaire". In addition she has
written a successful autobiography "Moi, La Scandaleuse" amongst many
other publications and has been a well known face on French television,
particularly on Canal Plus, RTL and XXL.
Speaking for the entire staff here at Cinema Nocturna, Iíd like to thank
Brigitte for taking the time to talk to us about her wide and varied
career, and on a personal level itís truly an honour.
Nick Frame: What initially attracted you to the world of acting and how
did you end up starring in your first adult film?
Brigitte Lahaie: I started acting in the world of cinema X without any
particular goals; I just wanted to see what would happen. However, I
subsequently met Jean Rollin while he was directing under a pseudonym,
while making an X movie. This meeting proved decisive for me and my
career as an actress, as he would ultimately offer me my first straight
acting role. That was in of course "The Grapes of Death" (Les Raisins de
la Mort) my first horror film. After that he gave me many more roles in
NF: Was the experience in the adult film world generally positive or did
you have any problems?
BL: I totally loved my time while making X movies and I donít have a
NF: You are also well known for having worked with the aforementioned
Jean Rollin and Jess Franco, could you tell us a little of what it was
like working with them both and how different they were in their
approach to filmmaking?
BL: Comparisons are often made between these directors; as in the manner
in which they both construct their scenes within a movie. However, they
are in fact very different, both in the way they direct and the
relationships they had with the cast and crew. Rollin was a very lunar
artist, while Franco was more pragmatic.
NF: Looking back at your career what film are you most proud of and why?
BL: I am not overly proud of any one film or my career as an actress.
However I have a saying; Iíve had small roles in big movies and big
roles in small movies.
NF: Are you surprised by how very popular you and your films still are
BL: For a long time, Iíve been very surprised with my popularity.
Undoubtedly, I must symbolise something to many people but whatever "it"
is, it escapes me. However I feel that this is also the case with many
NF: After being a part of Fabrice du Welzís "Calvaire", would you like
to do some more film work in the future given the opportunity?
BL: No, I am not overly attracted to the cinema world anymore. It has
too many constraints for someone like me, who likes to be free and
uninhibited. However, in regards to "Calvaire", I enjoyed that
experience and have no regrets at all.
NF: Finally, are you enjoying your experience with RMC and what are your
plans for the future?
BL: I take a great deal of pleasure being on the radio because you truly
get to interact with people and get intimate with them. I also have many
other projects on the go, specifically in the field of literature. In
short, I work a lot, I love what I do, and I am fortunate to be able to
pick and choose my projects.
NF: Thank you once again for talking to us, the pleasure really has been
all mine and I wish you every success in the future.
Where Are They Now: (October 2004) Number two of a new French political
party: "Aujourd'hui autrement"
(1995) She's hosting a talk-show about sexuality and human relationships
- on a French national radio network - called Lahaie, l'Amour et Vous (Lahaie,
Love and You)
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