Today – 30th September – is the 36th birthday of one of the most beautiful French actresses, Marion Cotillard.
Born in Paris, Cotillard’s early roles included the French films La Belle Verte (1996) and Taxi (1998). Moving forward to the 2000s, she had roles in Tim Burton’s Big Fish (2003), Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s A Very Long Engagement (2004) and Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s Innocence (2004).
2007 was a defining year for Cotillard after taking on the role of singer Édith Piaf in the biopic La Vie en Rose. The film, directed by Oliver Dahan, earned Cotillard the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Cotillard also took home the BAFTA Film Award for Best Leading Actress, the César award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
Since then, Cotillard has had roles in Rob Marshall’s Nine (2009) and Little White Lies (2010), directed by her partner, Guillaume Canet. She also took on the role of Mal in Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010).
She will next be seen in Contagion (2011) and The Dark Knight Rises (2011).
- What do you reckon – what is Cotillard’s best performance to date?