Marion Cotillard – French actress
Marion Cotillard is a French theater, television and film actress. For her role in the film A Very Long Engagement she was awarded the Cesar Award. In 2008, the actress received Oscar for the film La Vie en rose in which she played the role of Edith Piaf. Marion became the second actress in the history of the award, who managed to get Oscar for her role in the foreign language film. Previously, only Italian Sophia Loren received Oscar in 1962. Also for the film La Vie en rose Cotillard won Golden Globe and BAFTA awards.
Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris, France. Her mother, Niseema Theillaud, was a stage actress and her father, Jean-Claude Cotillard, was an actor, director, founder of the theater group Cotillard and a professor at the acting school. Marion has two younger twin brothers, Quentin who is a sculptor and painter and Guillaume who is a writer. Marion spent her childhood in Orleans, where she studied at the Conservatory of Dramatic Art and attended singing classes. Her parents performed together in a theatre troupe, and Cotillard got her first taste of acting when she appeared onstage in a play written by her father.
At the age of 16 the girl moved to Paris.
In 1994, she starred in one episode of the American TV series Highlander. After this debut Cotillard began acting in films and on television. Her first role on the big screen was the role of Matilda in the film L’Histoire du garçon qui voulait qu’on l’embrasse about the life of a young and lonely student Raul, who dreamed of love and first kiss. In 1996, she played a supporting role in the drama Comment je me suis disputé… (ma vie sexuelle) and the sci-fi comedy La belle verte.
In 1997, she got the role of Lily Bertino, the bride of the protagonist in the comedy thriller Taxi directed by Gerard Pires and produced by Luc Besson. This film became one of the most successful French films of the 1990s and received wide international acclaim, and Marion became known and was also nominated for Cesar Award as the most promising actress. In 2000 and 2003, she starred in Taxi 2 and Taxi 3.
In 2000, she was a member of the jury at the festival of fantastic cinema in Gerardmer.
In 2001, Cotillard played her first major film role, in the melodrama Les jolies choses, in which she played two roles, twin sisters Mary and Lucy.
She starred in the thriller Une affaire privée and the romantic comedy Jeux d’enfants. For her performance she was awarded Best Actress at the Film Festival in Newport Beach.
In 2003, Marion starred in her first major foreign film. She played the role of Josephine, the pregnant daughter of the protagonist in the fantastic tragicomedy directed by Tim Burton – Big Fish.
In 2004 the actress played in the film Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement) and was awarded Cesar Award for Best Actress.
In 2007, Marion appeared in the role of famous French singer Edith Piaf in the film La vie en rose. For this role she won Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Actress.
By mid-2008 Cotillard had returned to work on her next project, the Hollywood film Public Enemies with Johnny Depp, and was preparing to appear in the screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Nine.
In 2013 she starred in the music video for David Bowie’s song The Next Day.
Marion is a big fan of Canadian rock singer Hawksley Workman, she starred in two of his music videos.
In 2016 she appeared in the film Assassin’s Creed where Michael Fassbender became her partner.
Marion is an active fighter for environmental protection and is a member of several organizations such as Greenpeace.
In the late 90s Marion dated French actor Julien Rassam. Later, she had a romantic relationship with actor Stephan Guerin-Tillie and singer Mathieu Blanc.
In 2007, Marion began her relationship with actor Guillaume Canet. Their son Marcel Canet was born on May 19, 2011. In September 2016 it was reported that the couple were expecting their second child.
In 2016 Marion Cotillard was unwittingly involved in a big “yellow” scandal. When the media reported about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce they thought it was because of the actress. In the film Allied Pitt and Cotillard played the spouses.