Audrey Tautou at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
|Born||Audrey Justine Tautou
9 August 1976
Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, France
Audrey Justine Tautou (French: [o.dʁɛ to.tu]; born 9 August 1976) is a French actress and model. Signed by an agent at age 17, she made her acting debut at 18 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Venus Beauty Institute (1999), to critical acclaim she won the César Award for Most Promising Actress. Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Le Libertin and Happenstance (2000). Tautou achieved 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; 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.
She has since built a successful career, appearing in films from a range of genres, including the thriller Dirty Pretty Things, The Da Vinci Code, and the romantic Priceless (2006). She has received critical acclaim for her many roles including the drama film 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 have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in June 2004.
Tautou was born in Beaumont and was raised in Montluçon. Her father is a dental surgeon, and her mother a teacher. Tautou showed an interest in acting at an early age and started her acting lessons at the Cours Florent.
In 1998, Tautou participated in a Star Search-like competition sponsored by Canal+ called "Jeunes Premiers" (The Young Debut) 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, aka Vénus beauté (institut)). In 2000, she won the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti as her country's most promising young film actress.
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), 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.
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.
In 2004 she played in A Very Long Engagement, a romantic war film, co-written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet starring Tautou. 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).
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.
In the film, the protagonist, Robert Langdon, a professor of religious iconography and symbology from Harvard University is the prime suspect in the grisly and unusual murder of Louvre curator Jacques Saunière. He escapes with the assistance of a police cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and they are embroiled in a quest for the legendary Holy Grail. He is pursued by a dogged French police captain, Bezu Fache. A noted British Grail historian, Sir Leigh Teabing, tells them the actual Holy Grail is explicitly encoded in Leonardo da Vinci's wall painting, the Last Supper. Also searching for the Grail is a secret cabal within Opus Dei, an actual prelature of the Holy See, who wishes to keep the true Grail a secret; the revelation of this secret would certainly destroy Christianity.
The film, like the book, was considered controversial. It was met with especially harsh criticism by the Roman Catholic Church for the accusation that it is behind a two-thousand-year-old coverup concerning the true nature of the Holy Grail, and the concept that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were married and that the union produced a daughter. Many members urged the laity to boycott the film. Two organizations, the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei figure prominently in the story. In the book, Dan Brown insists that the Priory of Sion and "...all descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate".
The film was met with largely negative critical response upon its release on May 19, 2006. However, this did little to hamper its box office performance; it earned US$230 million in its opening weekend and was the second highest-grossing film of 2006 behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
2010s – present
Tautou played the lead role in the biopic of fashion designer Coco Chanel, titled Coco avant Chanel, and directed by Anne Fontaine. 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. Pictures let Sony Pictures Classics handle the release there. The film grossed $6 million in the United States.
In 2011, she appeared in Delicacy a French romantic comedy-drama directed by David and Stéphane Foenkinos based on a 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.
Public image and modeling career
Audrey Tautou began modeling at a very young age, taking modeling courses and other activities, and has modeled for magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire in many countries, and many others.
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. She has also become the face of L'Oreal and Montblanc and several other ad campaigns.
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".
Tautou says she considers France her base, where she plans to focus her career, rather than in the United States. As 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."
|1999||Venus Beauty Institute||Marie|
|Triste à mourir||Caro||Short film|
|Pretty Devils||Anne-Sophie||Original title: Voyou, voyelles|
|Libertin, LeLe Libertin||Julie d'Holbach|
|Happenstance||Irène||Original title: Le Battement d'ailes du papillon|
Nominated - Audience Award for Best Actress
|God Is Great and I'm Not||Michèle||Original title: Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite|
|2002||He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not||Angélique||Original title: À la folie... pas du tout|
|L'Auberge espagnole||Martine||Other titles: The Spanish Apartment; Pot Luck|
|Dirty Pretty Things||Senay Gelik||Nominated - European Film Award for Best Actress in Leading Role|
|2003||Les Marins perdus||Lalla|
|Not on the Lips||Huguette Verberie||Original title: Pas sur la bouche|
|Happy End||Val Chipzik|
|2004||Very Long Engagement, AA Very Long Engagement||Mathilde||Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
Nominated - European Film Award for Best Actress in Leading Role
|2005||Russian Dolls, TheThe Russian Dolls||Martine||Original title: Les Poupées russes|
|2006||Da Vinci Code, TheThe Da Vinci Code||Sophie Neveu|
|2007||Hunting and Gathering||Camille Fauque||Original 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
|2010||De vrais mensonges||Emilie Dandrieux||Other titles: Beautiful Lies; Full Treatment|
|2011||Delicacy||Nathalie Kerl||Original title: La délicatesse|
|2012||Des vents contraires||Sarah Anderen|
|Thérèse D||Thérèse Desqueyroux|
|2013||Mood Indigo||Chloé||Original title: L’Écume des jours|
|Chinese Puzzle||Martine||Original title Casse-tête chinois|
|1996||Coeur de cibleCœur de cible||TV movie|
|1997||La Vérité est un vilain défaut||The telephone operator||TV movie|
|1997||Les Cordier, juge et flic||Léa||TV movie, episode: Le Crime d'à côté|
|1998||La Vieille Barrière||A girl in the district||TV movie|
|1998||Bébés boum||Elsa||TV movie|
|1998||Chaos technique||Lisa||TV movie|
|1998||Julie Lescaut||Tracy||TV movie, episode: Bal masqué|
|1999||Le Boiteux||Blandine Piancet||TV movie, episode: Baby blues|
|2010||A Doll's House||Nora||Théâtre de la Madeleine|
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- Jon Henley, "It doesn't take much to catch a man" The Guardian, 13 June 2008, interview about Priceless (film)