Yvonne Baby (Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, August 18, 1931-Paris, August 3, 2022) was a French journalist and writer who won the Interallié Prize in 1967.
Baby is the daughter of historian and political activist Jean Baby and Ruta Assia (Ruta Sadoul) and daughter-in-law of Georges Sadoul, writer and film historian.
In 1957 she joined the Le Monde teams. In charge of the main interviews, he held conversations with the likes of Orson Welles, Ingmar Bergman, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Terrence Malick, Robert Motherwell, Luis Buñuel, Pierre Boulez, Federico Fellini, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Peter Handke, Woody Allen , Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Yves Saint Laurent and Yohji Yamamoto, which gave rise to the publication of the book Quinze hommes splendides in 2008 by Éditions Gallimard. In 1971 she was chosen by Jacques Fauvet to create and direct the department cultural newspaper Le Monde. As the first female head of department within the newspaper, she manages to unite a team made up of Olivier Merlin, Jean de Baroncelli, Michel Cournot, André Fermigier, Bertrand Poirot-Delpech and even Colette Godard. She recruits new feathers, like Claire Devarrieux and Hervé Guibert.
In 1967, at age 36, she won the Interallié prize for her first published work, Oui, l'espoir.
She was vice president of the Cannes Film Festival jury in 1983.
In 1986, she resigned from Le Monde. She then devoted herself to writing.
1967: Oui l'espoir, Interallié Prize, Grasset editions.
1974: Le Jour et la Nuit, Grasset.
1980: Kilroy, Mercure de France.
1992: La Vie retrouvée, editions of l'Olivier.
2003: Gray Paradis, Gallimard editions.
2004: La Femme du mur, Gallimard.
2008: Quinze hommes splendides (interview collection), Gallimard.
2010: Le Troisième Ciel, Léo Scheer editions.
2014: À l'encre bleu nuit, Baker Street editions.