30 september, 1975
Academy Award-winning French actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher.
Raised in Orléans, France, she made her acting debut as a child with a role in one of her father's plays. She studied drama at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique in Orléans. While still a teenager, Cotillard made her cinema debut in the film L'histoire du garçon qui voulait qu'on l'embrasse (1994). Her first prominent screen role was as "Lilly Bertineau" in Taxi (1998/I), a role which she reprised in two sequels: Taxi 2 (2000) and Taxi 3 (2003).
In 2005, Cotillard won the César (France's equivalent to the Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tina Lombardi in Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004).
Director Olivier Dahan cast Cotillard to play legendary French singer Édith Piaf, the legendary French singer, in La môme (2007) because to him her eyes were like those of "Piaf". The fact that she can sing also helped Cotillard land the role of "Piaf", although most of the singing in the film is that of Piaf's.
In 2007, Cotillard received international recognition for her iconic portrayal of Édith Piaf in La môme (2007). The role won Cotillard the Academy Award for Best Actress along with a César (France's equivalent to the Oscar), a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe. That made her only the second actress to win an acting Oscar performing in a language other than English next to Sophia Loren (La ciociara (1960)). Only two male performers (Roberto Benigni for La vita è bella (1997) and Robert De Niro for The Godfather: Part II (1974)) have won an Oscar for solely non-English parts. Her turn as Piaf brought Cotillard the Oscar, the César (France's equivalent to the Oscar), a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe among other prizes. Trevor Nunn called her portrayal of "Piaf" "one of the greatest performances on film ever". At the Berlin International Film Festival, where the film premiered, Cotillard was given a 15-minute standing ovation.
Her fist movie in Hollywood was Tim Burton's Big Fish (2003), then she starred in Ridley Scott's A Good Year (2006) alongside 'Russel Crowe'. Cotillard has worked much more frequently in English-language movies following her Academy Award recognition. In 2009, she acted opposite Johnny Depp in Public Enemies (2009), and later that year had a role in musical Nine (2009). The following year, she took on the main antagonist role in Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010), and in 2011 she had memorable parts in Midnight in Paris (2011) and Contagion (2011) and reteamed with Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
In 2012, Cotillard received wide-spread critical acclaim for her role as an orca trainer in De rouille et d'os (2012). The film received a ten-minute standing ovation at the end of its screening at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. Cotillard was nominated for Critics' Choice, Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and César Awards for her performance in the movie.
Her first leading role in a Hollywood movie was as polish immigrant in The Immigrant (2013) directed by 'James Gray'. Cotillard received wide-spread acclaim for her perfomance in the film at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.
With long-time boyfriend Guillaume Canet, Cotillard gave birth to her first child, Marcel, in May 2011.