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Early life 
She was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, the daughter of actor Jean-Louis Trintignant and his second wife Nadine Marquand. She first appeared on screen aged 4 in her mother's film, My Love, My Love. When Marie's baby sister Pauline died when Marie was 8, she became withdrawn and virtually stopped speaking. Her parents divorced in 1976. Throughout her early life she was afflicted by severe shyness, but despite this, by her mid-teens she decided to become an actress. She had such a strong affection for animals that she had first dreamt of becoming a veterinarian, but the acting heritage proved too strong. 'Cats don't raise dogs,' she said succinctly.
Marie Trintignant died aged 41 of a cerebral edema on 1 August 2003 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, as a result of being repeatedly punched by her boyfriend Bertrand Cantat, lead singer with the French rock group, Noir Désir, during a domestic dispute provoked by a text message. Trintignant was in Vilnius, Lithuania, at the time, making a movie about the French novelist Colette. Cantat and Trintignant had been lovers for 18 months. Medical evidence suggested the slightly built Mme Trintignant had been struck in the face at least 19 times. Emergency services were only alerted seven hours later, by which time the actress was in a deep coma from which she never recovered. Her parents had her flown back to Paris where she died. Her death caused considerable emotion in France where the popular media divided into pro- and anti- Cantat camps and celebrity magazines were dominated for months by the "affaire Trintignant". Bertrand Cantat was sentenced to 8 years in prison for manslaughter. He was released for good behaviour in October 2007 after serving four years. Marie Trintignant is buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, in Paris.
Marie Trintignant was nominated five times for France's most prestigious acting honor, the César Award for her roles in:
- Comme elle respire - 1999 (best actress)
- Le Cousin - 1998 (best supporting actress)
- Le cri de la soie - 1997 (best actress)
- Les Marmottes - 1994 (best supporting actress)
- Une affaire de femmes - 1989 (best supporting actress)
Selected filmography 
Other information 
She also appeared in the film noir Série noire of 1979. Not long before her death she sang a duet in the song "Pièce montée des grands jours" on an album with the same title by French folksinger Thomas Fersen in 2003.
- Paris Match No. 2828 6 August 2003
- Marie Trintignant at the Internet Movie Database
- Marie Trintignant at AllRovi
- Marie Trintignant at Find A Grave