Name:
Marion Cotillard
Birth Date:
1975/9/30
Birth Place:
Paris, France
Height:
5' 6Ĺ
Nationality:
French
Famous for:
Her Academy Award winning performance as …dith Piaf in La Vie En Rose (2007)
Profession:
actress
BIOGRAPHY
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La Vie En Rose

Background:

French actress Marion Cotillard was shot to international stardom with her Academy Award winning portrayal of iconic singer Édith Piaf in “La môme/La vie en rose” (2007). The role also brought her a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, a César Award, a Czech Lions Award, and a Satellite Award.

Acting as a child in plays her father wrote, Marion made the transition from TV to film roles as a teenager and by the late 1990s, she had achieved recognition as a French film actress thanks in part to her César nominated portrayal of Lilly Bertineau in “Taxi” (1998), a role she would reprise in the sequels “Taxi 2” (2000, earned a Cabourg Romantic Film Festival Award) and “Taxi 3” (2003). She continued to deliver noted performances in French movies such as Pierre Grimblat's “Lisa” (2001, netted a Verona Love Screens Film Festival Award), “Pretty Things” (2001, earned a César nomination), “Love Me If You Dare” (2003, won a Newport Beach Film Festival Award), “A Very Long Engagement” (2004, won her first César Award), and Abel Ferrara’s film “Mary” (2005).

After enjoying overnight success in “La vie en rose,” Cotillard, who was previously known to American audiences for playing roles in Tim Burton's “Big Fish” (2003) and “A Good Year” (2006), could be seen in the Hollywood films “Public Enemies” (2009) and “Nine” (2009). She will soon be seen opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in “Inception” (2010) and will return to French films with “The Last Flight,” which is slated to be released on November 25, 2009.

Cotillard once dated French composer and singer Sinclair. Since 2007, she has been in a relationship with director and former costar Guillaume Canet (born on April 10, 1973). Called the French version of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, their affectionate photos regularly appear in the European tabloids despite the fact that the couple does not share their relationship with the media. Talking about her idea of a perfect way to spend an afternoon, Marion said, “Going to a museum. I love it. I think the last exhibit I saw was two years ago, here in Santa Monica. So yeah, it has been quite a long time. I don't remember when I was home and had fun. I'm never in Paris. I haven't been in Paris in so long.”

Cotillard is an ecologist and a spokesperson for Greenpeace. In 2005, she joined many other actors, singers and designers to record the “Dessins pour le climat/Drawings for Climate” album, which raised funds for the environmental activist group.

Cotillard is good friends with Élodie Navarre. She is a fan of Canadian singer Hawksley Workman and has starred in two of his video clips.


Daughter of Actors

Childhood and Family:

Born on September 30, 1975, in Paris, France, Marion Cotillard was raised in an artistic family in Orleans, France. She is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, teacher, mime, playwright, and award winning-director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her identical twin brothers, Quentin and Guillaume, are a sculptor and painter, and a writer, respectively. Her parents often toured abroad with their acting troupe and usually brought back exotic gifts for their children, an enjoyable experience that inspired young Marion to follow in their footsteps. As a child, she began acting in her dad's plays and made the decision to move to Paris to pursue her acting career by the time she was 16 years old.

“I don't think you learn how to act. You learn how to use your emotions and feelings and my first teacher was my mother and then I worked with my father, who helped me to find in myself all those emotions and how to play with the emotions.” Marion Cotillard

Marion studied Drama at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique in Orléans, France.


A Very Long Engagement

Career:

Marion Cotillard got her first taste of stage performing at a young age by appearing in plays written by her father. As a teenager, she left her home in Orleans for Paris to act full time. In 1993, she made her television debut as Lori Bellian in “Nowhere to Run,” an episode of the French science fiction series “Highlander” (1992-1998). She quickly progressed to the French cinema when she landed the important role of Mathilde in the 1994 drama “The Story of a Boy Who Wanted to Be Kissed,” which was directed by Philippe Harel. She followed it up with appearances in Arnaud Desplechin's “My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument” (1996), and Coline Serreau's comedy “La belle verte” (1996), before gaining attention in the Luc Besson-written comedy “Taxi” (1998). Portraying Lilly Bertineau, she was nominated for a 1999 César Award in the category of Most Promising Actress. During this time, she was also seen in television shows like “Extrême limite,” “Théo la tendresse” and “L'@mour est à réinventer” and in the TV films “Chloé” (1996, played the title role) and “Interdit de vieillir” (1998).

After “Taxi,” Cotillard starred as Julie Bonzon in the Golden Berlin Bear nominee “War in the Highlands” (1999) for director Francis Reusser, costarred with Stanislas Merhar in the drama “Furia” (1999), a directorial debut from Alexandre Aja of “Haute Tension” and “The Hills Have Eyes” fame, and played Solange in Sarah Lévy's “Blue Away to America” (1999). In 2000, she reprised her role of Lilly Bertineau in the second installment “Taxi 2” and picked up a Cabourg Romantic Film Festival for Best New Actress for her performance. She was next seen in Pierre Grimblat's “Lisa” (2001), where she played the young version of Jeanne Moreau. The role brought the talented actress a Best Actress award at the Verona Love Screens Film Festival.

Following a brief return to television, during which time she made a guest appearance in “Les redoutables” and played the lead role of Florence Lacaze in the thriller “Vertiges: Une femme piégée” (2001), Cotillard received a major boost as the star of “Les Jolie Choses/Pretty Things” (2001), which was based on Virginie Despentes' novel of the same name. Playing Marie/Lucie, her excellent dramatic performance was highly applauded and she was nominated for a 2002 César for Most Promising Actress. Apart from acting, multi-talented Cotillard showcased her vocals by singing live on stage the songs “La Conne” and “La Fille De Joie,” which she also co-wrote.

Cotillard next worked with Thierry Lhermitte in Guillaume Nicloux's thriller “Une affaire privée/A Private Affair” (2002) and once again played Lilly Bertineau in the third sequel “Taxi 3” (2003). She then portrayed the romantic lead, Sophie Kowalsky, in Yann Samuell's “Jeux d'enfants/Love Me If You Dare” (2003), where she costarred with future companion Guillaume Canet, and nabbed the Jury Award for Best Actress – Drama at the Newport Beach Film Festival for her work in the film. However, Cotillard did not break into Hollywood cinema until she won the significant role of Josephine, Billy Crudup's French wife, in the Tim Burton directed “Big Fish” (2003), which was adapted from Daniel Wallace's novel “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions.” Other costars in the film included Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Steve Buscemi and Danny DeVito.

After remaining in the States to learn English, Cotillard returned to her home country to work with Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel and Jodie Foster in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's critically successful war film “Un long dimanche de fiançailles/A Very Long Engagement” (2004), where she was cast as the homicidal Tina Lombardi. The role won her a 2005 César for Best Supporting Actress. Also in 2004, she played Mademoiselle Eva in another critically acclaimed film, “Innocence,” which was directed and written by Lucile Hadzihalilovic.

2005 saw roles in “Edy,” a thriller from filmmaker Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, the based-on-novel “Cavalcade” (as Alizee) and “Ma vie en l'air,” a comedy directed and written by Rémi Bezançon. She also played Isabelle Kruger/Alice in the superficial psycho thriller “La boîte noire,” opposite José Garcia, Lisa in Fabienne Godet's “Sauf le respect que je vous dois/Burnt Out,” and Gretchen Mol in the controversial American director Abel Ferrara's “Mary,” alongside Juliette Binoche, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Modine and Heather Graham. “Mary” debuted at the 2005 Venice Film Festival to critical success by winning the Special Jury Prize, and others, and went on to appear at the Toronto Film Festival, the Deauville Film Festival and the San Sebastien Film Festival.

The following year, Cotillard starred as Lena in “You and Me,” a satirical coming of age drama directed by Julie Lopes-Curval. Costars in the film included Berlin-born actor Tomer Sisley, Spanish actor Sergio Peris-Mencheta and fellow French actress Julie Depardieu, the daughter of Gérard Depardieu. She was then cast in the Belgian comedy “Dikkenek” and the thriller “Fair Play” (both also 2006) before greeting American audiences in Ridley Scott's’ “A Good Year” (also 2006), where she played Russell Crowe's romantic interest, Fanny Chenal. The romantic comedy, adapted from the 2004 Peter Mayle novel of the same name, earned primarily negative reviews and was a box office dud.

Cotillard immediately rebounded when she was cast as legendary French singer Édith Piaf in “La môme/La Vie En Rose” (2007), directed by Olivier Dahan. The biopic was a box office hit worldwide with total earnings of over $81 million and became the third highest grossing French language film in the United States in the last two decades. It also earned generally rave reviews with many critics praising Cotillard's realistic and profoundly emotional performance. For her acting, the Paris-born actress won a 2008 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, a BAFTA for Best Leading Actress, a César for Best Actress, a Czech Lion for Best Actress, a Satellite for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, and many other awards

“I'll never approach a part in the same way again. Piaf taught me so much. In terms of my work, I think I'll enjoy it even more than before because now I know that characters truly exist in their own right. I'll have a way to bring them even more intensely to life.” Marion Cotillard

Cotillard played Billie Frechette in the Hollywood production “Public Enemies,” which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2009. The drama was directed by Michael Mann and cast her with Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Leelee Sobieski, Giovanni Ribisi and her “Big Fish” costar, Billy Crudup. She will play Daniel Day-Lewis' wife, Luisa, in Rob Marshall's “Nine,” adapted from the Tony Award-winning musical of the same name. Costars in the film include Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson and Sophia Loren. “Nine” is slated for a November 2009 release. In addition, she is scheduled to costar with Leonardo DiCaprio in the Christopher Nolan upcoming action film “Inception,” slated to be released on July 16, 2010. In her native France, Cotillard will portray Chubbie Miller in the adventure film “Le dernier vol de Lancaster/The Last Flight” (2009), directed by Karim Dridi.

Still in 2009, Cotillard was selected as the face for Dior's “Lady Dior” advertising campaign and featured in an online short movie about a fictional character created by John Galliano.


Awards:

  • Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2008

  • Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2008

  • BAFTA: Best Leading Actress, “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2008

  • César: Best Actress (Meilleure actrice), “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2008

  • for: La môme (2007)

  • Czech Lions: Best Actress (Zenský herecký výkon v hlavní roli), “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2008

  • Palm Springs International Film Festival: Breakthrough Performance Award, “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2008

  • Lumiere Award (France): Best Actress (Meilleure comédienne), “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2008

  • Kansas City Film Critics Circle: Best Actress, “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2008

  • London Critics Circle Film: Actress of the Year, “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2008

  • Vancouver Film Critics Circle: Best Actress, “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2008

  • Étoiles d'Or: Best Actress (Premier rôle féminin), “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2008

  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Virtuoso Award, 2008

  • Satellite: Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2007

  • Seattle International Film Festival: Golden Space Needle Award, Best Actress, “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2007

  • Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Actress, “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2007

  • Cabourg Romantic Film Festival: Best Actress, “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2007

  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actress, “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2007

  • Hollywood Film Festival: Hollywood Film Award, Actress of the Year, 2007

  • NRJ Ciné: Best Look (Meilleur look), “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2007

  • NRJ Ciné: French Actress of the Year (La Frenchie de l'année), “La môme/La vie en rose,” 2007

  • César: Best Supporting Actress (Meilleur second rôle féminin), “Un long dimanche de fiançailles,” 2005

  • Cannes Film Festival: Chopard Trophy, Female Revelation, 2004

  • Newport Beach Film Festival: Jury Award, Feature Film - Best Actress - Drama, “Jeux d'enfants,” 2004

  • Verona Love Screens Film Festival: Best Actress, “Lisa,” 2001

  • Cabourg Romantic Film Festival: Best New Actress, “Taxi 2,” 2000

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