Marion Cotillard’s BiographyMarion Cotillard is an actress, whose name is familiar to everyone on both sides of the Atlantic. Over the span of fewer than 10 years, she became an accomplished actress of the French cinema, after which she had made herself a name in Hollywood. The star of the Taxi trilogy, the biopic "la vie en rose" and the spy drama Allied.
Marion Cotillard's ChildhoodA citizen of the world's most romantic city, Marion Cotillard grew up in an aristocratic family: her father was a theatrical director, taught dramatic art, and headed the Cotillard Theatre Company, whereas her mother worked in one of the theatres in Paris.
Marion Cotillard has two brothers – Quentin and Guillaume. The former is a sculptor and the latter is known as a talented writer.
Already as a child, Marion started to attend classes at the National Academy of Dramatic Arts. After she turned six, she spent every other evening on stage: first, to help her mother with her lines behind the curtain, and then as a star of children’s plays, written by her father specifically for her.
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Acting CareerHer appearance in the legendary French-Canadian TV-series Highlander (episode Nowhere to run), starring Adrian Paul, became the first movie job of the young French actress. In 1994 19-year-old Marion made her debut in a feature-length film – a touching drama The Story of a Boy Who Wanted to Be Kissed (the female lead – Mathilde).
Several months later the actress started working on filming the TV-series Extrême limited, aimed at a younger audience.
1996 saw the premiere of four memorable pictures with Marion Cotillard. In the drama Chloé she got the part of a teenager, who flees to slums after a conflict with her mother. The atmospheric picture My Sex Life... or How I Got into an Argument, a nominee for the Palme d’Or of the Cannes Film Festival, added a role of a Parisian student to Cotillard’s filmography.
The art-house Utopia La Belle Verte about a woman, who arrives from the future and is able to disconnect people from the system that consumes them became Marion’s first serious project that became widely known outside France. And, finally, the last movie to air in 1996 was a tragic comedy entitled «Love Reinvented telling stories about love and AIDS.
Despite such a promising start, Marion then disappeared from the screen for some time. She was not receiving any new offers, apart from a couple of roles in one-reels. However, success awaited her in the theatre. Thus, in 1997 her participation in the play Affaire classée got an array of prestigious awards.
In 1998 Marion came back to the screens in Luc Besson’s action-packed comedy Taxi. She performed the role of Lilly Bertineau, the main character’s girlfriend – a desperate and reckless taxi driver, who helps the police to investigate bank robberies, conducted by Mercedes drivers.
The movie caused an uproar outside France, totaling over $210 million at the box office. The sequel followed shortly and 2000 saw the premiere of the second movie, with the third part airing three years later.
In-between the filming of Taxi, the actress appeared in the romantic comedy Love Me If You Dare, a César Award-winning war drama A Very Long Engagement, which gave Marion an experience of working with the legendary Audrey Tautou, and the comedy Pretty Things. The success of each of these pictures only furthered Cotillard's popularity both in France and abroad.
In 2003 the French actress made it into the cast of Tim Burton’s fairytale Big Fish, which laid the foundation to the American stage of the actress's career.
In 2006 the actress took part in the movie A Good Year. She portrayed a French lady, who conquered the heart of a London trader and millionaire (Russell Crowe), who had a claim to a vineyard in Provence.
In 2007 the European and US’s screens saw the premiere of La Vie en Rose – a biographical picture about the life and work of Edith Piaf. The role of her spectacular compatriot brought Cotillard a Golden Globe, an Oscar, BAFTA-Award, as well as her second César Award.
Soon Marion Cotillard's filmography expanded with such films as Public Enemies, Nine, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, which became true blockbusters. The famous French actress partnered up with the prime Hollywood Stars: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gary Oldman, and Anne Hathaway.
Marion is among the few European actresses, who managed to receive an Oscar for a picture in a foreign language: in this achievement, she is accompanied by Anna Magnani, Penelope Cruz and Ingrid Bergman.
The reputable actress does not settle for profitable, but empty pictures. Marion prefers deep and unusual movies. This explains her participation in Midnight in Paris, Two days, one night, Macbeth, and other extraordinary masterpieces of international cinematography.
In November 2016 the movie Allied premiered. A spy thriller with elements of a love drama explored the love story between English intelligence operative Max and his beloved Marianne, an activist of the French Resistance.
Another resounding premiere of that year was the adaptation of Assasin's Creed. This time Marion partnered up with Michael Fassbender. She got the role of a bool shop owner Sofia Sartor
In 2017 the musical comedy Rock's Roll aired, where Marion appeared together with her spouse, as well as the drama Ismael's Ghosts with Charlotte Gainsbourg.
A year later the drama Angel Face premiered, telling the story of a single mother, who decides to abandon her child for her new love. The picture was not well-received by the critics but was liked by the actress’s fans.
Marion Cotillard's personal lifeSince 2007 the actress has been in a relationship with the famous actor Guillaume Canet. They met when working on the set of Love Me If You Dare. In 2008 the couple got engaged. In 2011 they had their first son Marcel.
In 2016 Marion Cotillard inadvertently found herself in a yellow-pages scandal. When the media started talking about the divorce between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, rumor mongers decided that the Hollywood beau had cheated on his wife. Since the time was right before the premiere of Allied, where Pitt and Cotillard portrayed spouses, many people attributed the role of the mistress to Marion.
However, a big interview given by Marion and Guillaume put an end to the rumors. The actress denied any intention to divorce and announced that the couple was expecting their second child. In Spring 2017 the two welcomed their daughter Louise Canet.
Marion Cotillard nowIn 2019, Cotillard starred in the film "Nous finirons ensemble". In the comedy-drama of the French actor and director Guillaume Canet, the actress played the role of Marie. At the same time, she started participating in two new projects. These include "The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle" (2020), in which she voiced Tutu and "Annette", in which she played Ann.
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