Marion Cotillard

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Marion Cotillard (2019)

Marion Cotillard (born September 30, 1975 in Paris ) is a French actress . She became famous for her portrayal of Édith Piaf in Olivier Dahan's film La vie en rose (2007), for which she received an Oscar , a Golden Globe , the British Academy Film Award and the French César . Through her participation in US film productions such as the musical Nine (2009) or the science fiction film Inception (2010), she is one of the best-paid actresses.

On July 14, 2016, Cotillard was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor by the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development, Ségolène Royal , for her more than twenty years commitment to environmental protection .


Training and first film roles

Cotillard was born into a family of actors in Paris. Her mother Niseema Theillaud is a trained actress, her father Jean-Claude Cotillard is an actor and director , founder of the Cotillard theater group and teacher at the École supérieure d'art dramatique in Paris. She has younger twin brothers (* 1977): the painter and sculptor Quentin and the writer Guillaume. Through her parents, Cotillard came into contact with the theater at the age of five and made her first stage appearance under the direction of her cousin Laurent Cotillard in the play Y a des nounous dans le placard . In the following years, when the family's theater productions had child roles to be cast, she was seen on stage. At the age of six, Cotillard was hired for two television films that were crucial for pursuing a career as an actress. She began her acting studies in Orléans and received her first prize in 1994 at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique there .

Two years after her appearance in the episode Nowhere to Run in the popular American television series Highlander , Cotillard made her cinema debut in Philippe Harel's love film The Story of the Boy Who Wanted to be Kissed in 1994 . The film tells about the life of the young student and loner Raoul (played by Julien Collet ), who dreams of being kissed for the first time in his life. In the same year, Cotillard received a permanent engagement in the television series Extrême limite , which thematizes the life of adolescents at a French sports college. Supporting roles followed in 1996 in Arnaud Desplechin's drama Me and My Love at the side of Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos , as well as Coline Serreau's science fiction comedy The Green Planet - A Visit from Space , with which she tried to gain a foothold in French cinema. At that time, Cotillard's career was stagnating. "Without really being discouraged, I struggled to be successful in the cinema," Cotillard said in a 2003 interview with French magazine Gala.

Breakthrough in the film business

Cotillard in 1999

1997 marked the turning point in Cotillard's career. She was seen in the play Affaire classée and was awarded the Actor Prize in Istres . In the same year he worked with the French director Gérard Pirès . His action film Taxi (1998), written and produced by Luc Besson , is set in Marseille and is about the adventures of the taxi driver Daniel Morales (played by Samy Naceri ), who drives the streets of the southern French port city unsafe with his tuned company vehicle. Taxi became the most successful comedy of the summer in France, and Cotillard was known to a wide audience. For the role of Lilly Bertineau, she was also nominated for the first time for the César, the French equivalent of the Oscar, as best young actress. Two sequels followed in 2000 and 2003 with the films Taxi Taxi and Taxi 3 , directed by Gérard Krawczyk , in which Cotillard again played the part of Lilly Bertineau.

After Taxi , Cotillard was able to establish herself in French cinema and she was given numerous role offers, such as in Francis Reusser's historical love drama War in the Oberland (1999) or in the war drama Lisa (2001), alongside Jeanne Moreau and Benoît Magimel . In 2000, Cotillard was a member of the jury at the Gérardmer Film Festival , which awards prizes for the best works in the genre of fantastic film. After the lead role in the television film Escape through Nice in 2001, in which she plays a cat-and-mouse game with the police and an unknown murderer as a murder suspect, she followed in the same year in her first cinema leading role in Gilles Paquet-Brenner's melodrama Pretty Things . In it she acted in a double role in the person of the two identical twin sisters Lucie and Marie. Although Lucie is receiving a vocal training, Marie has the more powerful voice and one day slips into the role of her sister at a concert. After Lucie's sudden suicide, Marie takes her place and enters a world full of illusions and secrets, in which she finds out about the darker sides of her sister's life. In order to be able to interpret the pieces of music in the film himself, Cotillard had received singing lessons for a month. The reward for her efforts was her second César nomination the following year, again for best young actress .

After Cotillard acted in 2002 in the thriller Une affaire privée at the side of Samuel Le Bihan and Thierry Lhermitte , followed a year later in the French comedy love me, if you dare (2003). In Yann Samuel's debut film, which reminded critics of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's global success The fabulous world of Amélie , she played together with film partner Guillaume Canet the lovers Sophie and Julien, who cannot admit their love and instead try numerous tests of courage that with become more and more daring and dangerous with the times.

The film was a success at the French box office, it won an award at the Newport Beach Film Festival in the USA and brought Cotillard the Actor Award there. In the same year, Hollywood became aware of the brunette actress. She traveled to the United States, where she starred in Tim Burton's comedy Big Fish, starring alongside Ewan McGregor , Albert Finney and Jessica Lange . Although the part of the young, pregnant French woman did not lead to any further engagements in the United States, her popularity rose in France.

Highlights of her career

In 2004, Cotillard worked with the director Jean-Pierre Jeunet . In Mathilde - A Great Love , a drama about the First World War , Jeunet tells the story of his young heroine (played by Audrey Tautou ), who is looking for her missing fiancé, who was sentenced to death with four other soldiers for self-mutilation. In this film, Cotillard portrayed the former whore Tina Lombardi in a supporting role , who is also looking for her lover. Gradually, however, it turns out that Tina's lover died in the war, and she begins a deadly campaign of revenge against the guilty. Cotillard joined Jeunet's filming very late, and it turned out to be problematic for her, as the director announced in the DVD audio commentary on the film. She suffered from severe nervousness and was therefore supported in the work by leading actress Audrey Tautou. Cotillard had to leave the set before the momentous prison scene in which Tina Mathilde gives the reasons for her actions and was treated for an infection in the hospital. Nevertheless, in 2005 she received critical acclaim for her performance in Mathilde and was awarded the César for best supporting actress .

Cotillard at the Berlinale 2007

After the worldwide success of Mathilde , Cotillard was one of the most sought-after actresses in France and worked on five film projects from 2006 to 2007, including Ridley Scott's English-language comedy A Good Year at the Side of Russell Crowe and Albert Finney and the lead role in Olivier Dahans Film La vie en rose , in which she played the part of the famous chanson singer Édith Piaf . The drama, which premiered as the opening film of the 57th Berlin Film Festival , earned Cotillard high praise from critics, and the film became a huge box-office success in France. Her portrait of Piaf, which she portrays from the 18-year-old brat to the 47-year-old sick woman, was rated “great” by the Tagesspiegel , while the Berliner Zeitung in an otherwise “lengthy biopic” the “outstanding, gorgeous performance the leading actress ”. Although Cotillard did not interpret the famous singer's chanson classics for the film, she was honored with more than a dozen international film and festival awards. In 2008 she was the third French woman after Claudette Colbert (1935) and Simone Signoret (1960) to receive the Oscar for best leading actress and the César, the Golden Globe for best comedy and musical actress , the British Academy Film Award (BAFTA Award), the Satellite Award and Acting Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association .

Her Oscar win, the second a leading actress in a foreign language role since the Italian Sophia Loren ( And Yet They Live ) , was tarnished just under a week later by statements from an interview that Cotillard had given on the Paris TV show a year earlier and in Internet was published. In this, she described the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 as a US conspiracy and questioned the manned moon landing in 1969. Although the actress had her lawyer say that her statements had been taken out of context, but a short time later American media announced that the career prospects of the French actress in Hollywood were "spoiled" .

Cotillard at the Paris premiere of Public Enemies

After the great success of La vie en rose , Cotillard only appeared in a film two years later. In 2009 she played a role in Michael Mann's Hollywood production Public Enemies , in which she played the part of the friend of the legendary US bank robber John Dillinger (played by Johnny Depp ). In the same year she was seen as Luisa in Rob Marshall's musical adaptation Nine , which was directed by an aging film director (played by Daniel Day-Lewis ), his midlife crisis and the women in his life (played by Penélope Cruz , Nicole Kidman , Kate Hudson , Judi Dench and Sophia Loren ) reports. The material is based on Federico Fellini's feature film from 1963, in which Anouk Aimée had taken on this part, while Karen Akers (1982–1984) and Mary Stuart Masterson (2003) had been interpreted in two Broadway productions . As the director's wife, who begins to suffer greatly from her husband's antics, Cotillard interpreted two vocal numbers (My Husband Makes Movies and Take It All) . While Nine received mixed reviews from the US trade press, Cotillard received renewed praise and a second Golden Globe nomination. Of all of his great co-stars, Cotillard alone delivers something that is tantamount to a "real achievement," according to the Washington Post . It gives a glimpse of "real human vulnerability" while Rolling Stone praised the part as "perfection".

Cotillard, who by her own admission would have aspired to a career as a singer if she had not become an actress, has been active in the past as an active environmentalist and spokeswoman for the organization Greenpeace . Like many other actors, singers and designers, she was involved in the program Dessins pour le climat in 2005 , a project initiated by Greenpeace that drew attention to increasing global warming . a. financed from the proceeds of a book.

As part of an advertising campaign for the French fashion label Dior , she recorded the song The Eyes of Mars in 2010 , which was written and composed by the band Franz Ferdinand .

In 2013, Cotillard starred as a prostitute in a clergy nightclub in the music video for the single The Next Day from David Bowie 's album of the same name .

Relationship and collaboration with Guillaume Canet

Since 2007, Cotillard has been in a relationship with the French actor and director Guillaume Canet , with whom she was in front of the camera in 2003 for the comedy Love me if you dare . With Canet she also played the leading roles in Karim Dridi's French adventure film Le dernier vol in 2009 . In 2010 she appeared under the direction of her partner in the successful French tragicomedy Little True Lies , in which she played Jean Dujardin's sex addict , who can hardly stand being close to other people. In the same year, Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception , in which Cotillard was seen as the wife of Leonardo DiCaprio , was released in theaters .

In February 2011, the actress was shown in a ranking of France's highest paid actors published annually by Le Figaro at number 1. Little true lies and inception earned her a fee of 2.35 million euros - at the same time she was the first female film star to top this list. With her salary of $ 2 million for Nine and Inception , Cotillard was considered the highest paid non-American actress in Hollywood next to British Kate Winslet .

Also in 2011, Cotillard slipped into Woody Allen's romantic comedy Midnight in Paris at the side of Owen Wilson in the role of Adriana, the flighty muse of Pablo Picasso . In the same year she starred in Steven Soderbergh's epidemic thriller Contagion (2011) starring Matt Damon , Kate Winslet and Jude Law, a WHO scientist who is taken hostage. She then returned to French cinema and, under the direction of Jacques Audiard, played an attractive and pampered killer whale trainer who loses both lower legs in an accident at work ( The Taste of Rust and Bones , 2012). With the part of Miranda Tate in Christopher Nolan's Batman sequel The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and the participation in the film project Nightingale (2013) by James Gray , she followed other offers from American film. In 2013, the American-French crime film Blood Ties was released, in which Cotillard again acted under the direction of Canet.

The relationship with Guillaume Canet has a son (* 2011) and a daughter (* 2017).

Dubbing voice

Cotillard has been spoken mainly by Natascha Geisler since 2006 . In the past, Bianca Krahl , Maud Ackermann and Elisabeth von Koch gave her their voices.

Filmography (selection)

Cotillard during the Haute Couture Show in Paris (2009)

Awards (selection)


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July 14, 2016 : Chevalier de l'ordre de la Légion d'honneur

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February 10, 2016: Officier de l'ordre des Arts et Lettres

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March 16, 2010: Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et Lettres

Web links

Commons : Marion Cotillard  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Marion Cotillard, de "Taxi" à "La môme" (BIO-PORTRAIT) . Agence France Presse on Jan 14, 2008 9:07 AM GMT
  2. ^ A b F. Barret: Marion Cotillard moissonne les récompenses . In: La Nouvelle République du Center Ouest , February 23, 2008, p. 2
  3. Repère . In: Le Parisien , February 26, 2008, p. 32
  4. Article by Lynn Hirschberg ( Memento of December 23, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) In: The New York Times , October 21, 2007
  5. ^ Christiane Peitz: News . In: Der Tagesspiegel , February 9, 2007
  6. Carmen Böker: The tragedy of the chanson . In: Berliner Zeitung , February 9, 2007
  7. Oscar winner Cotillard annoys America . In: Spiegel-Online, March 3, 2008
  8. Ann Hornaday: Music, lyrics and stars don't add up to much . In: Washington Post , December 25, 2009, p. WE17
  9. Peter Travers: Nine at, December 10, 2009 (accessed December 29, 2009)
  10. Lady Rouge: The Eyes of Mars., accessed January 13, 2016 .
  11. biography. Internet Movie Database , accessed June 12, 2015 .
  12. Michael Kläsgen: Happy ending for a woman in the French film business . In: Tages-Anzeiger , February 25, 2011, p. 44
  13. Lena Lutaud: short article. In: Le Figaro , February 22, 2011, p. 26
  14. Cannes: Guillaume Canet's 'Blood Ties' Starring Marion Cotillard and Clive Owen Coming to Theaters Via Roadside Attractions .
  15. Gabriela Herpell: We are not a very developed society , interview, in: Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin , December 23, 2016, pp. 37–39
  16. Baby joy! Marion Cotillard, 41, welcomes a daughter with partner Guillaume Canet. March 17, 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2019 .
  17. (14 juillet 2016 - Promotion civile) , accessed on December 24, 2016.
  18. (Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres janvier 2016) , accessed on December 24, 2016.