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Biography for Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard

Birthdate: 30 September 1975

Birth Place: Paris, Paris, France.

Height in feet: 5 Feet 6 Inches

Eye Color: Dark Brown

Sun Sign: Libra

Occupation: Hollywood Actress, Singer

Marital Status: Married

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Marion Cotillard born 30 September 1975 is a French actress and singer-songwriter. She is also an environmentalist and spokesperson for Greenpeace. Marion appeared in a number of French and American films before landing her starring role as Edith Piaf in the film La Vie en Rose. She won an Academy Award for the performance. In 2011. She spent her early childhood in Alfortville, a suburb of Paris.

The family lived on the top floor of a tower block. She loved it as it felt like there was a whole world living in the building. Her parents are actors in the theatre world and so Marion Cotillard was surrounded by creativity from an early age. She was fascinated by her parents and their friends who would go to a little town in France, the next day they would be in Peru, the next day they could be in Hong Kong. she attended a Madonna concert for example, or appeared in the music Video ‘Petite Fille‘ by Les Wampas at the age of 14. She chose to pursue a career in acting because it would enable her to experience many different aspects of life. She also loved music.


While attending school at lycée Voltaire in Orléans, she wanted to attend the Conservatory to study Drama.

Family Background

Her father, Jean-Claude Cotillard, is an actor, teacher, former mime, and 2006 Molière Award-winning director. He is of Breton descent. Cotillard's mother, Niseema Theillaud, is also an actress and drama teacher. Her two younger brothers are twins: Quentin and Guillaume. Guillaume is a screenwriter and director.

In the late 90s, Cotillard was in a relationship with French actor Julien Rassam. She was in a relationship with French actor Stéphan Guérin-Tillié from 2000 until 2005. She dated French singer Sinclair from 2005 to 2007. In 2007, Cotillard has been in a relationship with French actor and director Guillaume Canet. The birth of the couple's son, Marcel, was announced on 20 May 2011.

Acting Career

Marion Cotillard made her stage debut aged three. At the time she was confused by the fact that her real mum was standing next to the stage but another actress pretending to lie dead on the floor was supposed to be her mom. But she gained experience by starring in many of her father’s plays together with her brothers and cousin Laurent. She also appeared in a TV movie made by a family friend.

She also loved watching American movies such as Singin’ in the Rain (and trying to learn the songs, the choreography), The Exorcist, and Jaws or the films of Judy Garland, the Marx Brothers, and Charlie Chaplin. When Marion was 10 the family moved to the region of La Beauce, near Orléans, and lived in a house that had a huge garden with a river at the end.

She had her first English speaking role at age 17, appearing as Lori Bellian in the episode 'Nowhere to Run'. She also had an uncredited role in the episode 'Saving Grace', in which she appeared giving birth in one scene. In 1996, Cotillard had her first leading role in the TV film Chloé, playing the title role, a teenage runaway who is forced into prostitution, in the film she co-starred with Anna Karina. In 1998, she appeared in 'Gerard Pires' action comedy Taxi, playing Lili Bertineau, girlfriend of delivery boy Daniel and was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress.

In 2003, Cotillard had a notable supporting role in Tim Burton's film Big Fish, where she appeared alongside Helena Bonham Carter, Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Allison Lohman. In the film she plays Joséphine, the French wife of William Bloom. In the same year, she starred in the romantic comedy film Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d'enfants) as Sophie Kowalsky, the daughter of Polish immigrants. The film was directed by Yann Samuel and was a box office hit in France.

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