Who is Joséphine de La Baume?
Joséphine de La Baume is a French actress, singer and model who was married to Grammy and Academy Award-winning English-American musician, DJ, songwriter and record producer Mark Ronson for 7 years. An actress since 2003, she performed in several French plays before gaining international recognition for appearing in films like 'Our Day Will Come', 'Johnny English Reborn', 'Kiss of the Damned', 'The Locust', 'Rush', 'Listen Up Philip', 'Road Games', 'Madame' and 'The Hitman's Bodyguard'. From 2015 to 2018, she had a recurring role on the French television series 'Au service de la France'. In 2011, she appeared as a lingerie model for a campaign by Agent Provocateur. She is part of the band SingTank along with her younger brother Alexandre de la Baume and drummer Alberto Cabrera, and released their debut album 'In Wonder' to critical success in May 2012.
Rise to Stardom
Joséphine de La Baume, the daughter of a French baron, featured on a Bruce Weber portfolio of heirs and heiresses titled 'Fortune’s Children' on 'Vanity Fair', along with her brother Alexandre, in May 2009. The article mentioned her rising fame as an actress, also adding information about her band, SingTank, which she shared with her brother. Following her appearance onstage in the play 'L’Une de l’Autre' in Paris in 2009, 'Vogue' declared her an 'It' girl. Also that year, her band had its very first shows in Paris at Le Baron, Montana and the Theatre des Mathurins. However, it is her affair with Mark Ronson that earned her more publicity, especially after the French magazine 'Jalouse' published a photoshoot of the couple's fake nuptials in their July 2009 issue.
In 2010, she appeared in the music video for 'The Bike Song' by her then boyfriend Mark Ronson. By this time, she had appeared on Nadia Szold's short 'Some Kinda Fuckery' and was working on films like Romain Gavras's 'Les Seigneurs' (later 'Our Day Will Come'), Nemo Librizzi's 'A Night at the Opera' and Bertrand Tavernier's 'The Princess of Montpensier'. While working as a model for Agent Provocateur, she was featured on a racy YouTube video titled 'Mark Ronson’s Girlfriend'. Her appearance in the main role of vampire Djuna in the supernatural horror film 'Kiss of the Damned' in 2012 earned her a huge fan-following.
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Family & Personal Life
Joséphine de La Baume was born on October 8, 1984 in Paris, France to Baron and Baroness de la Baume. Her father François de La Baume is French, while her mother Anne Salmanowitz is a Swiss woman from a Latvian Jewish family. Her father is an investment banker and theatrical producer who owns Théâtre de la Pépinière. Her mother is executive director of Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet pour la Vocation. Her maternal grandfather, Grégoire Salmanowitz, owned the world’s largest shipping and freight-inspection company SGS S.A. She has a younger brother named Alexandre who is also her band-mate. She attended l'Ecole Alsacienne in Paris, and later earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the American University in London.
In 2009, Joséphine de La Baume met Mark Ronson through mutual friends and they soon began dating. In January 2011, she sparked engagement rumors after she was spotted wearing a ring on her wedding finger in Paris. 'The Independent' later reported that Ronson had proposed to her in early 2011 with a yellow diamond ring which he had designed himself. The incident, which took place during a chilly beach vacation in La Rochelle, France, had surprised her as much as her own reaction, as she thought she was not ready for marriage yet. The couple later married in a lavish ceremony in Aix-en-Provence, near the village in the South of France where she was born, in September 2011. The wedding was attended by several a-list celebrities including Irina Lazareanu, Sean Lennon, Kate Moss, Lily Allen, Mario Testino and Giambattista Valli.
After marriage, the couple split their time between London's Notting Hill, New York and Paris, and also had a place on Long Island in Amagansett. On May 16, 2017, 'TMZ' reported that Joséphine had filed for divorce from her husband of more than five years, citing irreconcilable differences. Despite the fact that they did not have any children, she had asked for spousal support from him. While neither of them made any official statement, he had posted a video of him on Instagram listening to jazz music, which he had captioned, "You know you're in a fragile state when a smooth jazz version of Chaka Khan's Sweet Thang caresses your soul like an old friend." In December 2018, 'E! News' confirmed via court documents that they had reached a divorce settlement in October 2018, even though the terms of the settlement were not made public.