Marion Cotillard


30 Sep 1975


Paris, France


Academy Award-winning 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. Her father's family is Breton.

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. After small appearances and performances in theater, Cotillard had occasional and minor roles in television series such as Highlander (1992) and Extrême limite (1994), but her career as a film actress began in the mid-1990s. While still a teenager, Cotillard made her cinema debut in the film L'histoire du garçon qui voulait qu'on l'embrasse (1994) and had small but noticeable roles in such films as Arnaud Desplechin's My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument (1996), Coline Serreau's comedy La belle verte (1996).

In 1996, she had her first leading role in the TV film Chloé (1996).

In 1997, she won her first film award at the festival Rencontres Cinématographiques d'Istres in France, for her performance as the young imprisoned Nathalie in the short film Affaire classée (1997).

Her first prominent screen role was Lilly Bertineau in Gérard Pirès's box-office hit Taxi (1998), a role which she reprised in two sequels: Taxi 2 (2000) and Taxi 3 (2003), this role earned her first César award nomination (France's equivalent to the Oscar) for Most Promising Actress in 1999.

In 1999, Cotillard starred as Julie Bonzon in the Swiss war drama War in the Highlands (1999). For her performance in the film, she won the Best Actress award at the Autrans Film Festival in France.

In 2001, starred in Pretty Things (2001) as the twin sisters Marie and Lucie, and was nominated for her second César award for Most Promising Actress.

Cotillard's breakthrough in France came in 2003, when she starred in Yann Samuell's dark romantic comedy Love Me If You Dare (2003), in which she played Sophie Kowalsky, the daughter of Polish immigrants. The film was a box-office hit in France, became a cult film abroad and led Cotillard to bigger projects.

Her first movie in Hollywood was Tim Burton's Big Fish (2003), years later she starred in Ridley Scott's A Good Year (2006) alongside Russell Crowe.

In 2004, she won the Chopard Thophy of Female Revelation at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005, Cotillard won the César award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance of Tina Lombardi in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement (2004).

In 2007, Cotillard received international recognition for her iconic portrayal of Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007). Director Olivier Dahan cast Cotillard to play the legendary French singer 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. The role won Cotillard the Academy Award for Best Actress along with a César, 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 (Two Women (1960)). Only two male performers (Roberto Benigni for Life Is Beautiful (1997) and Robert De Niro for The Godfather: Part II (1974)) have won an Oscar for solely non-English parts. 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. When she won the César, Alain Delon presented the award and announced the winner as "La Môme Marion" (The Kid Marion), he also praised her at the stage saying: "Marion, I give you this César. I think this César is for a great great actress, and I know what I'm talking about".

Cotillard has worked much more frequently in English-language movies following her Academy Award recognition. In 2009, she acted opposite Johnny Depp in Michael Mann's Public Enemies (2009), and later that year had a role in Rob Marshall's musical Nine (2009) and received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Luisa Contini. Time magazine ranked her as the fifth best performance by a female in 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 2011 and 2012 respectively, she appeared on the top of Le Figaro's list of the highest paid actors in France, it was the first time in nine years that a female topped the list. Cotillard was also the highest paid foreign actress in Hollywood.

In 2012, Cotillard received wide-spread critical acclaim for her role as the legless orca trainer Stéphanie in Rust and Bone (2012). The film was a box office hit in France and received a ten-minute standing ovation at the end of its screening at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. Cotillard won the Globe de Cristal (France's equivalent to the Golden Globe) and the Étoile d'Or award and was nominated for Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, Critics' Choice and César Awards for her performance in the film. Cate Blanchett wrote an op-ed for Variety praising Cotillard's performance in "Rust and Bone", the two actresses competed for the Academy Awards for Best Actress in 2008, Cate was nominated for her performance in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) and Marion for her performance in La Vie en Rose (2007) and Cotillard won the Oscar.

She had her first leading role in an American movie in 2013, in James Gray's The Immigrant (2013), in which she played Ewa Cybulska, a Polish immigrant who wants to experience the American dream. Cotillard received wide-spread acclaim for her performance in the film at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered. Cotillard won several critics awards for the film.

In 2014, Cotillard starred as Sandra in the Belgian film Two Days, One Night (2014) by the Dardenne brothers. Her performance was unanimously praised at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, earned several critics awards, Cotillard won her first European Award for Best Actress and also received her second Oscar nomination and her sixth César award nomination.

In 2015, she played Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender in Justin Kurzel's Macbeth (2015), voiced two animated movies: The Little Prince (2015) in which she voiced The Rose, and April and the Extraordinary World (2015), in which she voiced the lead role, Avril.

Her upcoming films for 2016 are Nicole Garcia's From the Land of the Moon (2016), Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World (2016), Justin Kurzel's Assassin's Creed (2016), in which she will work again with her Macbeth co-star, Michael Fassbender; and Robert Zemeckis's Allied (2016).

Actor ( 127 credits )

Rock'n Roll (2017)
Ismael's Ghosts (2017)
Assassin's Creed (2016)
Allied (2016) Marianne Beausejour
From the Land of the Moon (2016)
It's Only the End of the World (2016) Catherine
Macbeth (2015) Lady Macbeth
April and the Extraordinary World (2015) Avril (voice)
Unity (2015) Narrator (voice)
Minions (2015) Scarlet Overkill (voice)
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Two Days, One Night (2014) Sandra
Land of the Bears (2014) Narrator (voice)
AOL Build (2014)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Blood Ties (2013) Monica
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Canadian Anchor
The Immigrant (2013) Ewa Cybulska
Mademoiselle C (2013) Herself
Le débarquement (2013)  Nathalie the Bear (1 episode, 2013)
Casting(s) (2013)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Rust and Bone (2012) Stéphanie
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Miranda
HuffPost Live (2012)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Larry King Now (2012)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Celebrity Style Story (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
L.A.dy Dior (2011) Margaux
Contagion (2011) Dr. Leonora Orantes
Midnight in Paris (2011) Adriana
8 al dia (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Lady Grey London (2011) Lady Grey
Little White Lies (2010) Marie
Inception (2010) Mal
Lady Blue Shanghai (2010)
Conan (2010)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Le petit journal (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
The Talk (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
The Last Flight (2009) Marie Vallières de Beaumont
Nine (2009) Luisa Contini
Public Enemies (2009) Billie Frechette
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Herself (2 episodes, 2009-2011)
Mark at the Movies (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
OceanWorld 3D (2009) Sea Turtle (voice)
La Vie en Rose (2007) Edith Piaf
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Xposé (2007)  Herself (2 episodes, 2009)
DP/30: Conversations About Movies (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Extérieur jour (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Herself (3 episodes, 2013)
A Good Year (2006) Fanny Chenal
Fair Play (2006) Nicole
Dikkenek (2006) Nadine
Toi et moi (2006) Lena
Jour de fête (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Mary (2005) Gretchen Mol
The Black Box (2005) Isabelle Kruger / Alice
Edy (2005) Céline / La chanteuse du rêve
Ma vie en l'air (2005) Alice
Cavalcade (2005) Alizee
Sauf le respect que je vous dois (2005) Lisa
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself (5 episodes, 2007-2012)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Innocence (2004) Mademoiselle Eva
A Very Long Engagement (2004) Tina Lombardi
Miradas 2 (2004)  Herself (2 episodes, 2012)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Herself (10 episodes, 2005-2014)
Tout le monde en parle (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Big Fish (2003) Josephine Bloom
Love Me If You Dare (2003) Sophie Kowalsky
Taxi 3 (2003) Lilly Bertineau
Shootout (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
A Private Affair (2002) Clarisse Entoven
Pretty Things (2001) Marie / Lucie
Lisa (2001) Lisa (young)
Boomer (2001) Mme Boomer
Heureuse (2001) La virtuelle de 35kg
Taxi 2 (2000) Lilly Bertineau
Les redoutables (2000)  Gabby (1 episode, 2001)
On ne peut pas plaire à tout le monde (2000)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
Le marquis (2000)
Quelques jours de trop (2000)
Furia (1999) Elia
Blue Away to America (1999) Solange
L'appel de la cave (1999) Rachel
War in the Highlands (1999) Julie Bonzon
The Early Show (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Paris dernière (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Taxi (1998) Lilly Bertineau
Tout le monde en parle (1998)  Herself (2 episodes, 2000-2003)
Comme au cinéma (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 1998)
Vivement dimanche (1998)  Herself (3 episodes, 2005-2010)
La sentence (1997)
Vertiges (1997)  Florence Lacaze (1 episode, 2001)
The View (1997)  Herself - Two Days, One Night (1 episode, 2015)
Affaire classée (1997) Nathalie
My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument (1996) Student
La belle verte (1996) Macha
Access Hollywood (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Continuarà... (1996)  Herself (2 episodes, 2012)
Théo la tendresse (1995)  Laura (1 episode, 1996)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Herself (2 episodes, 2008-2015)
Snuff Movie (1995)
L'histoire du garçon qui voulait qu'on l'embrasse (1994) Mathilde
Extrême limite (1994)  Sophie / ... (2 episodes, 1994)
Les enfants de la télé (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Taratata (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Highlander (1992)  Lori Bellian (1 episode, 1993)
HBO First Look (1992)  Herself (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Étude sur le Mouvement (1992)  Fairy (1 episode, 1993)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Días de cine (1991)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
E! News (1991)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Envoyé spécial (1989)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
This Morning (1988)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Larry King Live (1985)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2009)
Télématin (1985)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Herself / ... (6 episodes, 2012-2014)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
20 heures le journal (1981)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
La nuit des Césars (1976)  Herself - Nommée pour César de Meilleur espoir féminin
Le journal de 20 heures (1975)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
The Little Prince (0) The Rose (voice)

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