From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The child of a Malagasy mother and a French father, a financial director at Air France, Verissimo spent her childhood in France, the United States, and Nigeria. At 17, she eventually was kicked out of her mother's house because of a misunderstanding with her new stepfather and attempted to pursue a career as a film actress. After many deceptions and not enough money to afford acting school she entered the French porn industry when she was 18. During this time, she called herself "Ally Mac Tyana", which was a spin on the name Ally McBeal. She was active in the hardcore porn industry for 16 months from 2001 to 2002. During this time, she worked exclusively with French porn director John B. Root, appearing in such adult videos as Ally, French Beauty and Xperiment, and on Root's website Explicite.com.
She left the hardcore industry just after she got married, though she continued to appear in soft porn under the name "Ally Verissimo" for a year after this, finally leaving erotic films entirely when she became pregnant in 2003. In 2002, she had her first non-erotic film roles, as an extra in So Long Mister Monroe and an appearance on an episode of the French police drama Brigade des mineurs. In 2004, she was cast as Lola in the film Banlieue 13, a role specially created for her by producer Luc Besson.
After a painful divorce in 2005, she continued to pursue her career as an actress and model.