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Marion Cotillard (born September 30, 1975) is a French actress who has appeared in almost 40 film and television productions since 1993.

Born into an acting family, Cotillard started on the stage as a child and during her teens progressed from roles in television to cinema. By the end of the 1990s she had achieved notability as a French cinema actress in such films as Arnaud Desplechin's My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument (1996) and Taxi (1998), and was seen by a wider audience in such films as Big Fish (2003), A Very Long Engagement (2004), for which she received a CĂ©sar Award for Best Supporting Actress, and A Good Year (2006).

Her portrayal of Édith Piaf in La Vie en rose (2007) brought international acclaim and multiple awards, including a BAFTA, a César Award, and a Golden Globe. With this film, she became the first actress to win an Academy Award for a French language performance.

Cotillard has expressed interest in environmental causes and has served as a spokesperson for Greenpeace. She lives with her companion, actor/director Guillaume Canet.


Cotillard was born in Paris and grew up around Orléansmarker, Loiretmarker, in an artistically inclined, "bustling, creative household". Her father, Jean-Claude Cotillard, is an actor, teacher, former mime, and 2006 Molière Award-winning director of Breton descent (his mother Léontine Cotillard still lives in Plémet, Brittany). Her mother, Niseema Theillaud, is also an actress and drama teacher. She has two younger twin brothers, Quentin and Guillaume. Quentin Cotillard is a sculptor and painter living in San Francisco, Californiamarker, with his wife, Elaine O'Malley Cotillard, "a former Dutch National Ballet dancer who grew up in Marin Countymarker, and is now a San Francisco fashion designer". Guillaume Cotillard is a screenwriter and director.

Cotillard began acting during her childhood, appearing on stage in one of her father's plays.


After a few roles on television, her career as a film actress began in the mid-1990s with small but noticeable roles in such films as Pierre Grimblat's Lisa alongside Jeanne Moreau, Swissmarker novel-adaptation drama War In The Highlands, Coline Serreau's comedy La Belle Verte, or Alexandre Aja's anticipation fantasy Furia among other participations in established directors' productions. She rose to prominence in the late 1990s when she was cast in the Luc Besson production Taxi (1998) as Lili Bertineau, a minor role that she reprised in two sequels. She then earned very good reviews and the attention of cinephiles via her portrayal of twins who exchange their lives after one of them dies in Les Jolies Choses/Pretty Things adapted from the work of novelist Virginie Despentes, in which she sang live on stage a couple of songs she had co-written.

In 2003, she had a supporting role in Tim Burton's film Big Fish, which introduced her to English-speaking audiences. She also played Sophie Kowalski in Yann Samuell's Jeux d'enfants (English title: Love Me If You Dare), in which she played the romantic lead. She appeared in two critically successful films in 2004: A Very Long Engagement, playing the murderous Tina Lombardi (garnering the CĂ©sar Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role), and the drama mystery Innocence.

In 2005, Abel Ferrara offered her a small role alongside Forest Whitaker in his religious movie Mary while she also played in Burnt Out, Fabienne Godet's study of social oppression and stresses of corporate culture. In 2006, she appeared in Ridley Scott's A Good Year and in the Belgianmarker comedy Dikkenek, and learned to play the cello for her role as a concertist in the satirical coming-of-age movie You and Me.

She was chosen by director Olivier Dahan to portray the French singer Édith Piaf in the biopic La Môme (English title: La Vie En Rose) before he had even met her, saying that he noticed a similarity between Piaf's and Cotillard's eyes. Producer Alain Goldman accepted and defended the choice even though distributors TFM reduced the money they gave to finance the film thinking Cotillard wasn't "bankable" enough an actress. Her portrayal was widely praised, including by the eminent theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn, who described it as "one of the greatest performances on film ever." It was dubbed "the most awaited film of 2007" in France, where some critics said that she had reincarnated Édith Piaf to sing one last time on stage.
Cotillard in 2008
On February 10, 2008, Cotillard became the first French actress to be awarded the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role since Stéphane Audran in 1973. She is also the first actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for a French language performance since Catherine Deneuve for Indochine in 1992 . She is the first actress to win a Golden Globe for a foreign language performance since 1972, when Liv Ullmann won for The Emigrants. She is also the first person to win a (Comedy or Musical) Golden Globe for a foreign language performance. As La Vie En Rose was also a Czechmarker production (as she mentioned in her César acceptance speech), Marion Cotillard was nominated for the Czech Lion for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" on February 21.

On February 22, 2008, she was awarded the CĂ©sar Award for Best Actress, becoming the first woman and second person (after Adrien Brody, The Pianist) to win both a Cesar and an Oscar for the same performance. Two days later, she received the Academy Award for Best Actress. After Simone Signoret in 1959, Marion Cotillard is the second French cinema actress to win this award and the third overall to receive an Academy Award (Juliette Binoche won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1997 for her critically acclaimed role in the picture The English Patient, but it was not for a leading role), although French expatriate Claudette Colbert was given an Oscar in 1934. She is the first Best Actress winner in a non-English language performance since Sophia Loren's win in 1961. She is also the first and so far only winner of an Academy Award for a performance in the French language. In her Oscar acceptance speech, Cotillard proclaimed "thank you life, thank you love" and, speaking of Los Angelesmarker, said "it is true, there is some angels in this city!"

The day following the ceremony, Cotillard was congratulated and praised by the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy in a statement saying, "I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Marion Cotillard, who has just received the Oscar for Best Actress for her masterful interpretation of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, directed by Olivier Dahan. Half a century after Simone Signoret, a French artist has received the Best Actress award at the Oscars. It was a good omen that Catherine Allegret, Simone Signoret’s daughter, herself had a role in La Vie en Rose. Marion Cotillard embodies an Edith Piaf who is unsettling in her realism, emotion and passion. Her interpretation brings to life the story of a woman who gave French song its acclaim and authenticity; a singer, too, who closely united France and America."

On March 1, 2008, Cotillard won the Czech film industry's highest acting honor, the Czech Lion Award, for Best Actress. She could not attend the ceremony in Prague due to the filming of Public Enemies. Her friend Pavlína Němcová - who played the journalist in La vie en Rose - was there to accept the award on her behalf.

On June 24, 2008, Cotillard was the first among 105 individuals invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Cotillard will next be seen in the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Nine, alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman and Sophia Loren.

Personal life

Cotillard currently lives with French actor/director Guillaume Canet. They co-starred in the 2003 French film Love Me If You Dare. Many reports say the couple prefers to live a simple lifestyle, and they are often spotted in cafes and shopping together in Parismarker. Both stars do not discuss their relationship with the media, although photos of the couple being affectionate regularly surface in the European tabloids. Cotillard is interested in environmental activism and has served as a spokesperson for Greenpeace, allowing the organization to use her apartment to test products and being among the artists involved in "Dessins pour le climat" (Drawings for Climate), an album project that was released in 2005 and raised money for the environmental activist group. She is a fan of Radiohead and Canadianmarker singer Hawksley Workman; she has appeared in two of the latter's music videos, most notably "No Reason to Cry Out your Eyes (On the Highway Tonight)". Workman even revealed in interviews about his last album Between The Beautifuls that he worked and wrote songs with Cotillard while they both were in Los Angeles during the movie awards season.

In 2009, Cotillard was chosen as the face for Dior's "Lady Dior" advertising campaign and was featured in an online mini-movie about the fictional character created by John Galliano. Also, Cotillard recently appeared on the cover of the November issue of Vogue with Nine co-stars Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson.


On February 29, 2008, the website of French magazine Marianne published quotes of an excerpt of a television interview dating back to February 16, 2007, in which she said:

She made this statement during a long conversation with host Xavier de Moulins in which La Vie En Rose Oscar-winning make-up artist Didier Lavergne—a close friend of the late Coluche, the controversy over whose death was mentioned just before in the discussion—intervened as well and it was edited into an approximately one hour show. At this particular moment, they were visiting the Catacombsmarker, a famous underground ossuary, during a nocturnal walk in various places of Paris for Paris Première, a Paris by Night cultural television program.

A few days later Cotillard released the statement: "My statements on that program have been taken completely out context and been crafted into a story that has no merit." She stressed her deep apologies regarding how her statements or their misunderstanding could have hurt anybody. Her attorney, Vincent Toledano, said that "Marion never intended to contest nor question the attacks of September 11, 2001; and regrets the way old remarks have been taken out of context."


Year Film Role Notes
1994 L'Histoire du garçon qui voulait qu'on l'embrasse Mathilde Alternative title: The Story of a Boy Who Wanted to Be Kissed
1996 Comment je me suis disputé... Student Alternative title: My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument
La Belle Verte Student
1998 Taxi Lili Bertineau
1999 La Guerre dans le Haut Pays Julie Bonzon Alternative title: War in the Highlands
Furia Élia
Du Bleu jusqu'en Amérique Solange Alternative title: Blue Away to America
2000 Taxi 2 Lili Bertineau
2001 Lisa Young Lisa
Les Jolies choses Marie/Lucie Alternative title: Pretty Things
2002 Une affaire privée Clarisse Entoven Alternative title: A Private Affair
2003 Taxi 3 Lili Bertineau
Love Me If You Dare Sophie Kowalsky Alternative title: Jeux d'enfants
Big Fish Joséphine Bloom
2004 Innocence Mademoiselle Éva
A Very Long Engagement Tina Lombardi Alternative title: Un long dimanche de fiançailles
2005 Cavalcade Alizée
Edy CĂ©line/La chanteuse du rĂŞve
Ma vie en l'air Alice Alternative title: Love is in the air
Mary Gretchen Mol
Sauf le respect que je vous dois Lisa Alternative title: Burnt Out
La Boîte noire Isabelle Kruger/Alice Alternative title: The Black Box
2006 Toi et Moi LĂ©na Alternative title: You And Me
Dikkenek Nadine
Fair Play Nicole
A Good Year Fanny Chenal
2007 La Môme Édith Piaf Alternative titles: La Vie en Rose, Édith Piaf, Life in Pink, The Little Girl, The Passionate Life of Édith Piaf
2009 Public Enemies Billie Frechette
OceanWorld 3D Narrator Completed
Nine Luisa Contini
Le Dernier vol Marie Vallières de Beaumont Post-Production
2010 Inception Post-Production
Les Petits Mouchoirs Filming

Awards and nominations

Year Group Award Film Result
2005 CĂ©sar Awards Best Supporting Actress A Very Long Engagement Won
2008 Academy Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role La Vie en Rose Won
BAFTA Best Actress La Vie en Rose Won
Boston Society of Film Critics Best Actress La Vie en Rose Won
CĂ©sar Awards Best Actress La Vie en Rose Won
Czech Lion Best Actress in a Leading Role La Vie en Rose Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy La Vie en Rose Won
Kansas City Film Critics Best Actress La Vie en Rose Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards Best Actress La Vie en Rose Won
Year Group Award Film Result
1999 CĂ©sar Awards Most Promising Actress Taxi Nominated
2002 CĂ©sar Awards Most Promising Actress Les Jolies Choses Nominated
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actress in a Leading Role La Vie en Rose Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actress La Vie en Rose Nominated
Dallas Fort-Worth Critics Best Actress La Vie en Rose Nominated (2nd place)
Detroit Society of Film Critics Best Actress La Vie en Rose Nominated
European Film Awards European Best Actress La Vie en Rose Nominated
National Board of Review Best Actress La Vie en Rose Nominated (Runner-up)
National Society of Film Critics Best Actress La Vie en Rose Nominated (First Runner-up)
Online Film Critics Society Best Actress La Vie en Rose Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Actress La Vie en Rose Nominated
2008 Richard Attenborough Award Best Actress La Vie en Rose Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role La Vie en Rose Nominated
2009 Satellite Awards Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nine
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African American Film Critics Association
  • Won Best Actress for La Vie En Rose

Boston Society of Film Critics
  • 2007 Won Best Actress for La Vie En Rose

Cabourg Romantic Film Festival
  • 2007 Won Best Actress for La Vie en Rose

  • 2000 Won Best New Actress for Taxi 2

Berlin International Film Festival
  • 2007 Nominated for the Silver Berlin Bear Award for La Vie En Rose

Cannes Film Festivalmarker
  • 2004 Won Chopard Trophy Female Revelation

Conservatoire d'Orléans
  • 1994 Won Premier Prix

Etoiles d'Or du Cinéma
  • 2008 Won Best Actress for La Vie En Rose

European Film Awards
  • 2007 Nominated for Best Actress for La Vie En Rose

Golden Star Award
  • 2008 Won Best Actress for La Vie En Rose'

Hollywood Film Festival
  • 2007 Won Hollywood Film Award Actress of the Year

InterNational Online Cinema Awards
  • 2008 Won Best Actress for La Vie En Rose

Kansas City Film Critics Circle
  • 2007 Won Best Actress for La Vie En Rose

London Film Critics Circle Awards
  • 2008 Won Actress of the Year for La Vie En Rose

Los Angeles Film Critics
  • 2007 Won Best Actress for La Vie en Rose

Lumière Award
  • 2008 Won Best Actress for La Vie en Rose

National Society of Film Critics(First Runner Up, Best Actress)

Newport Beach Film Festival
  • 2004 Won Jury Award Feature Film - Best Actress - Drama for Jeux d'enfants
  • 2004 Won Best Actress for Love Me If You Dare

NRJ Ciné Awards
  • 2007 Won Best Look (Meilleur look) for La Vie en Rose
  • 2007 Won French Actress of the Year (La Frenchie de l'annĂ©e) for La Vie en Rose

Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • 2007 Won Breakthrough Performance Award for La Vie en Rose

Santa Barbara International Film Festivalmarker
  • 2008 Inaugural Virtuoso Award

Satellite Awards
  • 2007 Won Best Actress - Drama for La Vie En Rose

Seattle International Film Festival
  • 2007 Won Golden Space Needle Award Best Actress for La Vie en Rose

Vancouver Film Critics Circle
  • 2008 Won Best Actress for La Vie En Rose

Verona Love Screens Film Festival
  • 2001 Won Best Actress for Lisa


  1. Marion Jean-Claude Cotillard speaking about his Breton peasant parents
  2. Reportage showing Marion in her grandmother's village
  3. Guillaume cotillard IMDB page [1]
  4. Variety's synopsis of War In The Highlands Variety
  5. 2005 London Film Festival Film Presentation
  6. Stéphane Audran wins the BAFTA Best Actress in 1973 for The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and Just Before Nightfall [2] IMDb
  7. Translation of her CĂ©sar acceptance speech blogspot
  8. 2004 Music Video for Hawksley Workman's song "No reason to cry out your eyes" featuring Marion Cotillard youtube
  9. Magnifique Marion Cotillard • • Conspiracy theories
  10. The complete transcript of the extract and its translation marion
  11. Official webpage of the Paris Première TV show paris-première
  12. Description of the tv show's concept marion
  13. Video of the portion plus the end of Lavergne's intervention before dailymotion

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