Marion Cotillard


Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard

Cotillard at the Paris premiere of Public Enemies, July 2009
Born 30 September 1975 (1975-09-30) (age 36)
Paris, France
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 1993–present
Partner Guillaume Canet (2007–present; 1 child)

Marion Cotillard (French pronunciation: [maʁjɔ̃ kɔtijaʁ]; born 30 September 1975) is a French actress and singer. She garnered critical acclaim for her roles in films such as La Vie en Rose, My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument, Taxi, Furia and Jeux d'enfants. She has also appeared in such films as Big Fish, A Very Long Engagement (for which she received a César Award for Best Supporting Actress), A Good Year, Public Enemies, Nine, Inception, Midnight in Paris, and Contagion.

She won the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, the César Award and the Golden Globe Award, all for best actress, for her portrayal of French singer Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. She made film history by becoming the first person to win an Academy Award for a French language performance. In 2010, she received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the musical Nine.

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Family and early life

Cotillard was born in Paris and grew up around Orléans, Loiret in an artistically inclined, "bustling, creative household". Her father, Jean-Claude Cotillard, is an actor, teacher, former mime, and 2006 Molière Award-winning director. Cotillard's mother, Monique (now known as Niseema) Theillaud, is also an actress and drama teacher.[1] She has two younger twin brothers, Quentin and Guillaume. Guillaume is a screenwriter and director. She began acting during her childhood, appearing on stage in one of her father's plays.[2]

Career

Early work (1993–2002)

Cotillard photographed by Studio Harcourt Paris in 1999.

After small appearances and performances in theater, Cotillard had occasional and minor roles in television series such as Highlander, but her career as a film actress began in the mid-1990s with small but noticeable roles in such films as Arnaud Desplechin's My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument. Cotillard appeared in the comedy La belle verte, directed by Coline Serreau. In 1998, she starred in Gérard Pirès' action comedy Taxi. In the film, she plays Lili Bertineau, who becomes Daniel's girlfriend. Cotillard reprised the role in two sequels. She then ventured into anticipation science fiction with Alexandre Aja's Furia (1999).

Cotillard appeared in Pierre Grimblat's film Lisa as Young Lisa, alongside Jeanne Moreau, Benoît Magimel and Sagamore Stévenin in the Swiss war drama In The Highlands. She starred in Gilles Paquet-Brenner's film Les jolies choses, adapted from the work of feminist writer Virginie Despentes. In the drama, Cotillard portrayed the characters of two twins of completely opposite characters, Lucie and Marie. She was nominated for a César Award for her performance. In Guillaume Nicloux's thriller Une affaire privée she portrayed Clarisse, friend of the disappeared.

Breakthrough (2003–2006)

Cotillard starred with Guillaume Canet in the romantic comedy film Love Me If You Dare as Sophie Kowalsky, the daughter of Polish immigrants. The film was directed by Yann Samuel. Cotillard had a notable supporting role in Tim Burton's film Big Fish, where she appeared alongside Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Allison Lohman. In the film she plays Joséphine, the French wife of William Bloom. She appeared in two critically successful films, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement as Tina Lombardi, for which she won a César Award for Best Supporting Actress, and appeared in the mystery thriller Innocence as Mademoiselle Éva.

In 2005, Cotillard starred in Steve Suissa's romantic drama Cavalcade as Alizée. She also appeared in Abel Ferrara's religious drama Mary alongside Forest Whitaker and Juliette Binoche. Marion played Isabelle Kruger and Alice in the thriller film La Boîte noire, directed by Richard Berry. She appeared in the film Fair Play as Nicole. Cotillard starred in Ridley Scott's romantic comedy A Good Year, in which she portrayed Fanny Chenal, a French café owner in a small Provençal town, opposite Russell Crowe as a Londoner who inherits a local property. She appeared in the Belgian comedy Dikkenek, and learned to play the cello for her role as a soloist in the satirical coming-of-age film You and Me.[1]

2007–present

Cotillard in July 2009

She was chosen by director Olivier Dahan to portray the French singer Édith Piaf in the biopic La Vie en Rose before he had even met her, saying that he noticed a similarity between Piaf's and Cotillard's eyes.[3] Producer Ilan 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.[4] 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."[5] 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.[6]

On 10 February 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.[7] 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.[citation needed]

On 22 February 2008, she was awarded the César Award for Best Actress for her role in La Vie en Rose, becoming the first woman and second person (after Adrien Brody, The Pianist) to win both a Cesar and an Oscar for the same performance. Cotillard is the second French cinema actress to win this award and the third overall to receive an Academy Award. She is the first Best Actress winner in a non-English language performance since Sophia Loren's win in 1961.[citation needed] 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 Angeles, said "it is true, there is some angels (sic) in this city!"[citation needed] 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 Édith 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 Édith Piaf who is unsettling in her realism, emotion and passion. Her interpretation brings to life the story of a woman who gave French chanson its acclaim and authenticity; a singer, too, who closely united France and America.[citation needed]

As La Vie En Rose was also a Czech production, as she mentioned in her César acceptance speech,[8] on 1 March 2008, Cotillard won a 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 24 June 2008, Cotillard was one of 105 individuals invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Cotillard starred alongside Johnny Depp in Public Enemies, released in the United States on 1 July 2009. Later that year, Cotillard appeared in the film adaptation of the musical Nine,[9] directed by Rob Marshall, and co-starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren and Kate Hudson. On 15 December 2009, Cotillard was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for her performance in the film. The film was released on 18 December 2009.

For her role in the musical Nine as Luisa Contini, Time magazine ranked her as the fifth best performance by a female in 2009.[10] She was ranked just behind Mo'Nique, Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep. She was awarded the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival for the role.

On 15 March 2010 Cotillard was made a Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of the Arts and Letters) by the French government for her "contribution to the enrichment of French culture".[11]

She appeared as the main antagonist "Mal Cobb" in Christopher Nolan's film Inception, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt released on 16 July 2010.

She appears in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (2011) alongside Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson, cast as Adriana, a fictionalized mistress of Pablo Picasso. She co-starred alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's thriller film Contagion.[12]

On 19 April 2011, Cotillard was signed on to star in Christopher Nolan's film The Dark Knight Rises playing Miranda Tate, a board member at Wayne Enterprises that is also an ally of Bruce Wayne. Despite Cotillard claiming that her character is an original creation not from the comic books,[13] a lot of evidence points to her being Talia al Ghul, daughter of Batman Begins villain Ra's al Ghul (Liam Neeson).[14] The film opens on 20 July 2012.

Other projects

Cotillard at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007.

In addition to her film work, Cotillard is interested in environmental activism, and has participated in campaigns for environmental protection. Cotillard used her high public profile to bring attention to the aims of Greenpeace, working for the environmental organization as a spokesperson, allowing the organization to use her apartment to test products. In 2005, she also contributed to Dessins pour le climat ("Drawings for the Climate"), a book of drawings published by Greenpeace to raise funds for the group.

In 2009, Cotillard was chosen as the face for Dior's "Lady Dior" advertising campaign and was featured in an online mini-movie directed by John Cameron Mitchell about the fictional character created by John Galliano. This campaign has also resulted in a musical collaboration with British indie rock band Franz Ferdinand, where Cotillard has provided the vocals for a composition performed by the group, entitled "The Eyes of Mars". Cotillard appeared on the cover of the November 2009 issue of Vogue with Nine co-stars Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Kate Hudson and Fergie, and on the July 2010 cover by herself.

In 2011, she supports publicly the chief Raoni in his fight against Belo Monte Dam.

Personal life

Cotillard currently lives with French actor and director Guillaume Canet. Many reports say the couple prefer to live a simple lifestyle, and they are often spotted in cafes and shopping together in Paris. Neither star discusses their relationship with the media, although photos of the couple being affectionate regularly surface in the European tabloids.[15] The birth of the couple's first child, called Marcel, was announced on 20 May 2011.[16]

She is a fan of Radiohead and Canadian 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)".[17] 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.[18] She is a supporter of the English football club Leeds United, a passion she developed after her compatriot Eric Cantona's spell at the club in the early 1990s.[19]

In 2008, Cotillard generated controversy due to the re-publishing of a 2007 interview in which she publicly questioned the official explanation of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States and implied the destruction of the World Trade Center towers was an intentional demolition.[20]

Filmography

List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Histoire du garçon qui voulait qu'on l'embrasse, L'L' Histoire du garçon qui voulait qu'on l'embrasse Mathilde
1996 My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument Student Comment je me suis disputé... (ma vie sexuelle)
1996 Belle Verte, LaLa Belle Verte Nurse
1996 Chloé Chloé
1998 Taxi Lili Bertineau Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actress
1999 War in the Highlands Julie Bonzon Guerre dans le Haut Pays, LaLa Guerre dans le Haut Pays
1999 Furia Élia
1999 Blue Away to America Solange Du bleu jusqu'en Amérique
2000 Taxi 2 Lili Bertineau Cabourg Romantic Film Festival – Best Actress
2001 Lisa Young Lisa Verona Love Screens Film Festival – Best Actress
2001 Pretty Things Marie/Lucie Jolies choses, LesLes Jolies choses
Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actress
2002 Private Affair, AA Private Affair Clarisse Entoven affaire privée, UneUne affaire privée
2003 Taxi 3 Lili Bertineau
2003 Love Me If You Dare Sophie Kowalsky Jeux d'enfants
Newport Beach Film Festival – Best Actress
2003 Big Fish Joséphine Bloom
2004 Innocence Mademoiselle Éva
2004 Very Long Engagement, AA Very Long Engagement Tina Lombardi long dimanche de fiançailles, UnUn long dimanche de fiançailles
César Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005 Cavalcade Alizée
2005 Edy Céline/La chanteuse du rêve
2005 Love Is in the Air Alice Ma vie en l'air
2005 Mary Gretchen Mol
2005 Burnt Out Lisa Sauf le respect que je vous dois
2005 Boîte noire, LaLa Boîte noire Isabelle Kruger/Alice
2006 You and Me Léna Toi et Moi
2006 Dikkenek Nadine
2006 Fair Play Nicole
2006 Good Year, AA Good Year Fanny Chenal
2007 Vie en rose, LaLa Vie en rose Édith Piaf Academy Award for Best Actress
African American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
César Award for Best Actress
Czech Lion Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Hollywood Film Festival – Actress of the Year
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Palm Springs International Film Festival – Best Actress
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Virtuosos Award
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Seattle International Film Festival – Best Actress
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Berlin International Film Festival – Best Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
2009 Public Enemies Billie Frechette
2009 OceanWorld 3D Narrator
2009 Last Flight, TheThe Last Flight Marie Vallières de Beaumont dernier vol, LeLe dernier vol
2009 Nine Luisa Contini Palm Springs International Film Festival – Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2010 Inception Mallorie "Mal" Cobb Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—IGN Movie Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2010 Little White Lies Marie petits mouchoirs, LesLes petits mouchoirs
2011 Midnight in Paris Adriana
2011 Contagion Dr. Leonora Orantes
2012 Dark Knight Rises, TheThe Dark Knight Rises Miranda Tate filming
2013 Low Life Unknown filming
2014 Rust and Bone Unknown filming

Awards and nominations

Cotillard won a César Award for Best Supporting Actress for A Very Long Engagement (2004). Cotillard won an Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, a Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and a César Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007). Cotillard and her co-stars of Nine won a Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture for the performance in the film.

Cotillard also has been nominated for numerous awards, including César Award for Most Promising Actress for Taxi (1998) and Les Jolies choses (2001), and a European Film Award for Best Actress for La Vie en Rose (2007). Additionally, Cotillard was nominated for an Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Nine (2009).

Academy Award milestones

Cotillard received the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007, becoming only the second French cinema actress, after Simone Signoret in 1959, 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), 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 and also became the first – and so far only – winner of an Academy Award for a performance primarily in the French language.

Other awards

Cotillard for her portrayal of Lisa Young in the French film Lisa (2001), was the winner of Verona Love Screens Film Festival for Best Actress, she was the winner of Newport Beach Film Festival for Best Actress – Drama for Love Me If You Dare (2003).

References

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  2. ^ Bunbury, Stephanie (15 July 2007). "Birds of a feather". The Age (Melbourne). http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/birds-of-a-feather/2007/07/12/1183833687773.html. Retrieved 14 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Piaf star Cotillard's career blooms with Oscar nom for 'La Vie En Rose'". The Canadian Press. 14 February 2008. http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5jUBxNT4i4J4SRqyJI9sSR5nUeALw. Retrieved 6 March 2008. 
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  6. ^ "Les films qui vont cartonner en 2007". Amélie Charnay, 01Men.com. 16 January 2007. http://www.01men.com/editorial/338875/cinema-/?di=8&play=0. 
  7. ^ Stéphane Audran wins the BAFTA Best Actress in 1973 for The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and Just Before Nightfall [1] IMDb.
  8. ^ Translation of her César acceptance speech blogspot.
  9. ^ "Everything's rosy for Cotillard". John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle. 17 February 2008. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/17/PK9UUTH2G.DTL&type=movies. 
  10. ^ "The Top 10 Everything Of 2009". Time. 8 December 2009. http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1945379_1944194_1944208,00.html. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Marion Cotillard was made a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (French), Artistik Rezo. 2010-03-17.
  12. ^ Steven Soderberg Preps Big Cast for Contagion.
  13. ^ http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Marion-Cotillard-Says-Her-Dark-Knight-Rises-Character-Doesn-t-Come-From-The-Comics-26663.html
  14. ^ http://tdkrtimeline.wikispaces.com/Miranda+Tate
  15. ^ Jason Solomons (17 February 2008). "BAFTA The couple's ...dubbed the French "Brangelina".". The Guardian (UK). http://film.guardian.co.uk/solomons/story/0,,2257398,00.html. 
  16. ^ "Marion Cotillard gives birth to first child". RTE. 20 May 2011. http://www.rte.ie/ten/2011/0520/cotillardm.html. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  17. ^ 2004 Music Video for Hawksley Workman's song "No reason to cry out your eyes" featuring Marion Cotillard
  18. ^ "Hawksley Workman always working. She recorded a song called "Happy Crowd" with the French band Yodelice, and she participate with them in some of their concerts. She appears in the video "More Than Meets the Eyes" from Yodelice, which was released in September 2010". Jam.canoe.ca. 15 February 2008. http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/W/Workman_Hawksley/2008/02/13/4843339-sun.html. 
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