Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard is a French actress born on September 30, 1975. She was born in Caen and spent most of her childhood in Orleans. The town is known as an artistically inclined area filled with bustling and creative households. Her father’s name is Jean-Claude Cotillard and he was a teacher, an actor, and a mime. Her mother’s name is Niseema Theillaud and she was an actress and a teacher. She has twin brothers named, Quentin and Guillaume. Quentin is a sculptor who lives in San Francisco and Guillaume is a screenwriter and director.

                Cotillards career as an actress began when she played a role in the film, My Sex Life or How I Got Into an Argument. That movie is about who is at a crossroads in life and Cotillard plays a small role as a student. Her breakthrough role came when she starred in the movie Taxi. This movie is about a pizza delivery guy who wants to be a racecar driver someday. There was a remake of this movie with Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifa in 2004. She also starred in the film Love me if You Dare with Guillaume Canet where she played the daughter of some Polish immigrants. She had a supporting role in Tim Burton’s Big Fish where she plays a French wife. She was chosen to portray French singer Edith Piaf by the director of La Vie en Rose because the director thought that her eyes looked similar. The film was said to be “the most awaited film of 2007.” In 2008 she was the first French actress to receive a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role since1973. She is also the first actress to win a Golden Globe for a foreign language performance since 1972 and she is also the first person to win a Golden Globe for a comedic foreign language performance. In 2008 she was given a Cesar award for best actress, and became the first woman and second person to win both a Cesar and an Oscar for the same performance. She starred in the movie Public Enemies with Johnny Depp and the musical Nine with Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, and Nicole Kidman. She was ranked as the 5th best performance by a female in 2009 based off her role in Nine. Most importantly in the United States she appeared as the main antagonist in Inception with Johnny Depp.

Cotillard won a Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress, an Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a leading role, a Satellite award for Best Actress, and a Cesar Award for Best Actress among several other less known awards and nominations for many other awards. Her most famous movies are My Sex Life or How I Got Into an Argument, La Belle Verte, Furia, Taxi, Taxi 2, Taxi 3, Love Me if You Dare, Big Fish, Innocence, A Very Long Engagement, Mary, A Good Night, La Vie en Rose, Public Enemies, Nine, Midnight in Paris, and Inception.

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