bête de scène

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Borrowing from French bête de scène ‎(beast of the stage).



bête de scène ‎(plural bêtes de scène)

  1. A feral player; an actor whose intense performance is likened to a wild animal.
    • 2007, John Gaffney, Diana Holmes, Stardom in postwar France, Berghahn Books, page 81:
      "Hallyday was often described as a bête de scène, a charismatic showman who gives his all, to the point of smashing his guitar on stage."
  2. A performer with innate talent.


  • Bêtes de scène. Anne Bouvier Cavoret, 2002
  • Insiders' French: beyond the dictionary. Michel Levieux, 1999