Audrey Tautou

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Audrey Tautou
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Tautou attending the 2015 Berlin Film Festival
Born
Audrey Justine Tautou

(1976-08-09) 9 August 1976 (age 44)
Beaumont, France
OccupationActress, model
Years active1996–present

Audrey Justine Tautou (French:  [odʁɛ ʒystin totu] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ); born 9 August 1976) [1] is a French actress. [2] She made her acting debut at 18 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Venus Beauty Institute (1999), for which she received critical acclaim and won the César Award for Most Promising Actress.

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Tautou achieved international recognition for her lead role in the 2001 film Amélie , which met with critical acclaim and was a major box-office success. Amélie won Best Film at the European Film Awards, four César Awards (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards.

Tautou has since appeared in films in a range of genres, including the thrillers Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and The Da Vinci Code (2006), and the romantic-comedy Priceless (2006). She has received critical acclaim for her many roles including the drama A Very Long Engagement (2004) and the biographical drama Coco avant Chanel (2009). She has been nominated three times for the César Award and twice for the BAFTA for Best Actress in a leading role. She became one of the few French actors in history to be invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in June 2004. [3]

Tautou has modeled for Chanel, Montblanc, L'Oréal and many other companies. She is an active supporter of several charities.

Early life

Tautou was born in Beaumont and was raised in Montluçon. Her father Bernard Tautou is a dental surgeon, and her mother Eveline is a teacher. [1] Tautou showed an interest in acting at an early age and started her acting lessons at the Cours Florent. [4] There she learned English and Italian.

Acting career

1990s

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Tautou at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival

In 1998, Tautou participated in a Star Search-like competition sponsored by Canal+ called "Jeunes Premiers" (The Young Debuts) and won Best Young Actress at the 9th Béziers Festival of Young Actors. Tonie Marshall gave her a role in the César-winning Venus Beauty Institute (1999, also known as Vénus beauté (institut)). In 2000, she won the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti as her country's most promising young film actress.

2000s

In 2001, Tautou rose to international fame for her performance as the eccentric lead in the romantic comedy Amélie (original French title: Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain; English: The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain), a film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It tells the story of a shy waitress, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation. The film was an international co-production between companies in France and Germany.

The film met with critical acclaim and was a major box-office success. Amélie won Best Film at the European Film Awards; it won four César Awards (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards. Grossing over $33 million in limited theatrical release, it is still the highest-grossing French-language film released in the United States. [5]

In 2002, she acted in the British thriller film Dirty Pretty Things directed by Stephen Frears and written by Steven Knight, a drama about two illegal immigrants in London. It was produced by BBC Films and Celador Films. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and won a British Independent Film Award for "Best Independent British Film" in 2003.

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Tautou at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2004, she starred in A Very Long Engagement , a romantic war film co-written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. It is a fictional tale about a young woman's desperate search for her fiancé who might have been killed in the Battle of the Somme, during World War I. It was based on a novel of the same name, written by Sebastien Japrisot, first published in 1991. In June, she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). [3]

In 2005, Tautou starred in her first full Hollywood production, opposite Tom Hanks, in the film version of Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code , directed by Ron Howard and released in May 2006.

She starred alongside Gad Elmaleh in Pierre Salvadori's Hors de prix (Priceless), released 13 December 2006. The film has been compared to Breakfast at Tiffany's . [6]

Tautou starred with Guillaume Canet in Claude Berri's Ensemble, c'est tout in 2007, an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Anna Gavalda.

2010s–present

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Tautou at the 41st César Awards dinner in 2016

Tautou played the lead role in the biopic of fashion designer Coco Chanel, titled Coco avant Chanel , and directed by Anne Fontaine. [7] [8] [9] [10] Filming began in Paris in September 2008, and released in France on 22 April 2009. The script is partially based on Edmonde Charles-Roux's book "L'Irrégulière" ("The Non-Conformist"). Instead of releasing Coco Before Chanel in the United States itself, Warner Bros. let Sony Pictures Classics handle the release there. [11] The film grossed $6 million in the United States. [12] [13]

Coco Before Chanel was nominated for four BAFTA Awards, three European Film Awards, six César Awards and the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

In 2011, she appeared in Delicacy , a French romantic comedy-drama directed by David and Stéphane Foenkinos and based on the novel of the same name by David Foenkinos. David was nominated for the 2012 Best Writing (Adaptation) César Award and the film was nominated as Best Film. [14]

She appeared in the music video of "I Love Your Smile", a song by British singer-songwriter Charlie Winston. [15]

She was the host of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. [16]

She was a member of the jury of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. [17] She appeared in The Odyssey as Simone Melchior Coustea.

Public image and modelling career

Tautou began modelling at a very young age, taking modelling courses and other activities, and has modelled for magazines such as Vogue , Elle , Harpers Bazaar , Marie Claire in many countries, and many others. [2]

Tautou was named in 2009 as the next spokesmodel for Chanel No. 5, replacing Nicole Kidman. She was directed in the advertisement by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, with whom she worked on Amélie and A Very Long Engagement. The advertisement was released in 2009 to coincide with the film's release. [18] [19] She has also become the face of L'Oreal and Montblanc and several other ad campaigns. [20]

Tautou over the years has been declared a fashionista and icon by the press, appearing in many magazines, fashion, beauty, and culture. She has attended major fashion week events around the world as well as smaller events. The press sometimes refers to her as "The Chanel Muse". [2]

Personal life

She has studied at the Institut Catholique de Paris. [21] A church-goer when young, she has stated that she is "not officially" Catholic. [22]

Tautou says she considers France her base, where she plans to focus her career, rather than in the United States. She told Stevie Wong of The Straits Times "I am, at the end of the day, a French actress. I am not saying I will never shoot an English-language movie again, but my home, my community, my career is rooted in France. I would never move to Los Angeles." [23]

Credits

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999 Venus Beauty Institute Marie Cabourg Film Festival Award for Female Revelation
César Award for Most Promising Actress
Lumières Award for Most Promising Actress
SACD Award for Best Actress
Triste à mourirCaroShort film
2000Épouse-moi Marie-Ange
Pretty DevilsAnne-SophieOriginal title: Voyou, voyelles
Le Libertin Julie d'Holbach
Happenstance IrèneOriginal title: Le Battement d'ailes du papillon
2001 Amélie Amélie Poulain Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Lumières Award for Best Actress
Sant Jordi Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Audience award for Best Actress
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated – César Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actress
Nominated – European Film Award for Best Actress in Leading Role
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society for Best Actress
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society for Best Newcomer
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society for Best Actress
Nominated – Vancouver Film Critics Circle for Best Actress
God Is Great and I'm Not MichèleOriginal title: Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite
2002 He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not AngéliqueOriginal title: À la folie... pas du tout
L'Auberge espagnole MartineOther titles: The Spanish Apartment and Pot Luck
Dirty Pretty Things Senay GelikNominated – European Film Award for Best Actress in Leading Role
2003 Les Marins perdus Lalla
Not on the Lips Huguette VerberieOriginal title: Pas sur la bouche
Happy End Val Chipzik
2004 A Very Long Engagement MathildeNominated – César Award for Best Actress
Nominated – European Film Award for Best Actress in Leading Role
2005 Russian Dolls MartineOriginal title: Les Poupées russes
2006 The Da Vinci Code Sophie Neveu
Priceless IrèneNRJ Ciné Award (shared with Gad Elmaleh) for Best Kiss
2007 Hunting and Gathering Camille FauqueOriginal title: Ensemble, c'est tout
2009 Coco Before Chanel Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated – César Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Lumières Award for Best Actress
2010 De vrais mensonges Emilie DandrieuxOther titles: Beautiful Lies and Full Treatment
2011 Delicacy Nathalie KerrOriginal title: La délicatesse
2012 Headwinds Sarah Anderen
Thérèse Desqueyroux Thérèse Desqueyroux
2013 Mood Indigo ChloéOriginal title: L'Écume des jours
Chinese Puzzle MartineOriginal title: Casse-tête chinois
2015 Microbe & Gasoline Marie-Thérèse GuéretOriginal title: Microbe et Gasoil
Eternity Valentine
2016 The Odyssey Simone Melchior Nominated – Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
Open at Night Nawel
2017Santa & CieWanda Claus
2018
The Trouble With You Agnès
2019 The Jesus Rolls Marie

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Cœur de cible TV movie
1997La Vérité est un vilain défautThe telephone operatorTV movie
1997Les Cordier, juge et flicLéaTV movie, episode: "Le Crime d'à côté"
1998La Vieille BarrièreA girl in the districtTV movie
1998Bébés boumElsaTV movie
1998Chaos techniqueLisaTV movie
1998 Julie Lescaut TracyTV movie, episode: "Bal masqué"
1999Le BoiteuxBlandine PiancetTV movie, episode: "Baby blues"

Theatre

YearShowRoleNotes
2010 A Doll's House Nora Théâtre de la Madeleine
2011Tour

National honours

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