Catherine Robbe-Grillet (née Rstakian) was born in 1930 in Paris where she also went to secondary school and high school.
A theatre and cinema actress and photographer, she has published BDSM-related writings under the pseudonyms Jean de Berg and Jeanne de Berg.
L'Image, a sadomasochistic novel published in 1956 by Éditions de minuit, was written under the pseudonym Jean de Berg. Radley Metzger made the novel into a 1975 film, The Image, also known as The Punishment of Anne.
She is also the author of Cérémonies de femmes (ed. Grasset) (1985) under the pseudonym Jeanne de Berg.
In 2004, she published, under her own name, Jeune mariée: Journal, 1957-1962 (ed. Fayard), an account of the early years of her marriage.
Her last appearance as an actress was on stage in 2006 in "Une Belle Enfant Blonde" a play based on the writings of American author, Dennis Cooper.
She married Alain Robbe-Grillet on October 23, 1957.
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