Marion

Short Facts

Born September 30, 1975 in Paris, France
Education Drama at Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Orléans, France
Father Jean-Claude Cotillard: mime, actor, director, founder of theatre group ‘Cotillard’ and teacher at ‘Ecole Supérieure d’Art dramatique’ in Paris
Mother Niseema Theillaud (born Monique Theillaud): actress, director and teacher
Siblings Guillaume (screenwriter and director) & Quentin (sculptor and painter), born November 6, 1977, identical twins
Paternal grandmother Léontine Cotillard (March 12, 1909 – February 7, 2011) originally from Brittany
Maternal grandmother Simone, dreamed of being a singer. Marion Cotillard used her name as pseudonym while appearing with the band Yodelice
Partner Guillaume Canet (since 2007): actor, director
Children son Marcel (born May 19, 2011)
Trivia Named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters for her significant contribution to the enrichment of French culture, member of Greenpeace France, can sing.

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Biography

Childhood
Early Career (1994 – 1998)
Early Success (1999 – 2002)
Critical Acclaim (2003 – 2004)
Breakthrough (2005 – 2006)
La Vie en Rose (2006 – 2007)
International Acclaim (2007 – 2008)
International Breakthrough (2008 – 2011)
Motherhood & Career (2011 – 2014)

Childhood
Marion & her brothers in 1978

Marion & her brothers in 1978

Marion Cotillard was born September 30, 1975. 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 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.

5-year old in a TV movie

5-year old in a TV movie

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.

in 'Petite Fille'

in ‘Petite Fille’

In her teenage years Marion became withdrawn and struggled to accept herself. Due to some unpleasant experiences at school she lost her faith in female friendships for a while. She also nearly stopped speaking to anyone but her family. Appearing on stage helped her to find the words again. She also loved music – 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. While attending school at lycée Voltaire in Orléans, she wanted to attend the Conservatory to study Drama. Her father was head of the Drama department at the time and told her she only had to pass the entrance exam – which she did. She became the youngest to be accepted by the Conservatory. She studied speech, dance, mime and movement under Nicole Merouze and was introduced to all manner of theatrical traditions, from Japanese Noh theatre to the Commedia Dell’Arte. It was here that she first played some scenes as Lady Macbeth and got the feeling that she would one day play her (which happened 20 years later). She won the ‘Premier Prix du Conservatoire d’Orléans’ and received her Diplome D’Art Dramatique in June 1994. She also starred in her cousin Laurent Cotillard’s play Y a des nounours dans les placards.

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Early Career (1994 – 1998)
in 'Extrême Limite'

in ‘Extrême Limite’

She moved back to Paris and got a part in an episode of US TV series ‘Highlander‘ and guest-starred in two episodes of French TV series ‘Extrême Limite. She also got small parts in ‘L’Histoire du garçon qui voulait qu’on l’embrasse‘ by Philippe Harel, in ‘Comment je me suis disputé… (ma vie sexuelle)‘ by Arnaud Desplechin (nominated for Palme d’Or at Cannes), in ‘La belle verte by Coline Serreau and a starring role in ‘Chloé‘ opposite Anna Karina by ‘Highlander‘ director Dennis Berry. She also starred in other French films and many short movies but didn’t quite become a successful film actress despite her efforts and collaborations with renowned film makers.

in 'Taxi'

in ‘Taxi’

She was in a floating period, measuring the difficulty of succeeding in cinema but not yet discouraged and auditioned for the part of Lilly Bertineau in ‘Taxi‘. She told herself “I’m 23 years old. If I don’t get the role I’ll consider doing something else. You have nothing to lose, pull out everything you have for the audition.” Even though it was a light character, she played her with such an intensity that her co-stars and the audience felt her huge actress potential. It turned out to become the most successful summer comedy in France in 1998 and Marion Cotillard received broad recognition. She also got nominated as Most Promising Actress for a César award – the French Oscars.

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Early Success (1999 – 2002)
in 'La Guerre Dans Le Haut Pays'

in ‘La Guerre Dans Le Haut Pays’

All of this opened doors for Marion and 3 of her movies were released in 1999. She was cast in ‘La Guerre Dans Le Haut Pays‘, based on the novel by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz and directed by Francis Reusser in which young lovers are caught up in the civil, military, religious and familial conflict during the winter of 1797-98. Then, Alexandre Aja cast her in his post-apocalyptic thriller ‘Furia‘, shot in Morocco, on the recommendation of Julien Rassam (her boyfriend at the time) and on the basis of her work in ‘Chloé‘. Alexandre Aja would later say that all that’s good about the film came from her. Another starring role followed in ‘Du Bleu Jusqu’En Amerique‘ in which she played a former coma victim in a physical therapy centre, where paraplegic kids battling to regain the use of their limbs. For the part she spent weeks in a wheelchair, poring over notebooks she’d crammed with ideas and observations she’d collected throughout her intense research. With co-star Samuel Jouy she spent a day in Paris in a wheelchair and it was a unique experience: “Others looking at us, us being dependent on others”.

in 'Taxi 2'

in ‘Taxi 2′

2000 saw the release of ‘Taxi 2‘ in which her part of Lily featured in several comic side-plots. The sequel was an even bigger success than the original, enjoying ten million admissions in France. While she became a star it was for her work in light entertainment and it didn’t really lead to being offered the heavy-duty roles she craved. She was known as the girlfriend from ‘Taxi‘.

in 'Lisa'

in ‘Lisa’

Lisa‘ which was filmed in 1999 was finally released in 2001. In it she and Jeanne Moreau both played the title character. Cinema lover played by Benoit Magimel comes to Jeanne Moreau’s Lisa for information on Sagamore Stevenin, a rising star who mysteriously disappeared during the Occupation. Lisa remembers and we get to see young Lisa (Marion) being swept along by the dangerous tides of love and war. In the same year she appeared in an episode of Les Redoubtables opposite boyfriend Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, a TV series in which each episode dealt with an aspect of death, and the TV thriller Une Femme Piegee where, having cheated on her lawyer husband, she finds herself to be a prime murder suspect and to prove her innocence she must go on the run.

in 'Les jolies choses'

in ‘Les jolies choses’

The final release in 2001 was ‘Les Jolies Choses‘ (english: Pretty Things) in which Marion had a major starring role. She was recommended to director Gilles Paquet-Brenner by Marion’s friend Elodie Navarre. This provided her with the opportunity to prove that she was more than just the pretty girlfriend from ‘Taxi‘. She played the double role of twin sisters Marie and Lucie and trained specifically as a singer and kept an imaginary diary for her character Marie. Her excellent performance led to a second César nomination, again as Most Promising Newcomer.

In 2002 the arty noir thriller ‘Une Affaire Privee’ was released. Thierry Lhermitte played a private detective looking for a 22-year-old Parisian student who’s gone missing. Marion Cotillard appears as the student’s seductive best friend.

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Critical Acclaim (2003 – 2006)
in 'Big Fish'

in ‘Big Fish’

Uncomfortable with her image and success she stepped into a travel agency one evening and bought a plane ticket to India. The next day early in the morning she left with just a backpack for Goa. She met an Indian who helped her accept and respect herself, including her desire to be successful in her career. Around the same time she felt that her dreams may be bigger than reality and found herself envious of the opportunities offered to other actresses. She didn’t want to get bitter while waiting for something to happen, so she told her agent she was stopping and going to work for Greenpeace. However, he convinced her to have one more meeting. It was with Tim Burton, her idol, for a small part in ‘Big Fish‘, and she got the part. She played the heavily pregnant photographer wife of journalist Billy Crudup who accompanies him to his parents and helps him reconcile with his father. For the part she learned English at a Berlitz language centre.

in 'Jeux d'enfants'

in ‘Jeux d’enfants’

2003 saw not only the release of ‘Big Fish‘ but also of ‘Taxi 3‘ with Marion Cotillard again heading the sub-plots as pregnant Lily pushing boyfriend Daniel to sort himself out or leave. The same year, Marion Cotillard received international recognition for her amazing performance as Sophie in Yann Samuel’s debut film ‘Jeux d’Enfants‘ (2003) (english: Love Me If You Dare) opposite Guillaume Canet. It was shown at the Newport Beach Film Festival and Marion won a Best Actress award. The movie was such a success in France that it even got a limited release in the US.

She also starred in two more music videos: Givin’ Up by Tommy Hools’ featuring Richard Archer and No Reason To Cry Your Eyes Out by Hawksley Workman.

in 'A Very Long Engagement'

in ‘A Very Long Engagement’

winning the César

winning the César

The critically-acclaimed ‘Innocence‘ was released in 2004, starring Marion Cotillard as one of the teachers at a mysterious girls’ boarding school. All of this led to the big break-through when Marion got a small but notable part in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2004 international hit ‘Un long dimanche de fiançailles‘ (english: A Very Long Engagement). Before filming began, she was terrified, thought she wasn’t the right actress for the part. She called her friend Guillaume Canet and he reassured her. Indeed, she filled the character of vengeful Tina Lombardi with life and won a César award as Best Supporting Actress as well as the Chopard Trophy at Cannes. She advanced to one of the most poupular actresses in France and has been working constantly ever since. She reportedly appeared in Guillaume Canet’s comedy ‘Narco‘ but was cut from the final film.

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Breakthrough (2005 – 2006)
in 'Ma vie en l'air'

in ‘Ma vie en l’air’

In 2005 six of Marion’s movies were released. First ‘Cavalcade‘ in a supporting role opposite ‘Les Jolies Choses‘ co-star Titoff. Then in a double but minor role in ‘Edy‘ by Stéphan Guérin-Tillié. Next up the romantic comedy ‘Ma Vie En L’Air‘ where Vincent Elbaz’s main character falls for Marion’s cute, smart radio host Alice who’s moved in next door. Marion also had minor roles in Abel Ferrara’s ‘Mary‘, concerning faith and redemption in cynical times and ‘Sauf Le Respect Que Je Vous Dois‘, concerning social oppression and everyday stress (also featuring Julie Depardieu and Marion’s cousin Laurent). Finally, also ‘La Boîte Noire‘ (English: The Black Box) directed by veteran actor Richard Berry and starring Jose Garcia as a man who’s spent a long period in hospital in a coma following a car accident. When he wakes he mixes dreams with reality, flashbacks with present day.

in 'Jeanne au bûcher'

in ‘Jeanne au bûcher’

Despite her busy filming schedule she had it stipulated that she’d get a week off for rehearsals and performing in Arthur Honegger’s oratorio Jeanne au bûcher in Orleans in May 2005 along with 265 singers and musicians of the Orchestre symphonique d’Orléans. Back in 1992 Marion’s parents had taken on the parts of Jeanne and her brother Dominique. When director Jean-Marc Cochereau approached her mother 12 years later for the same part she declined and suggested her daughter. Marion immediately accepted since she’d wanted to work with him for a long time. She enjoyed working with the orchestra and doing theatre for the first time since her final piece at the Conservatoire d’Orléans in 1994.

in 'A Good Year'

in ‘A Good Year’

Another four movies starring Marion Cotillard were released in 2006. First the romantic comedy ‘Toi Et Moi‘ (English: You and me) by Julie Lopes-Curval’s about the romantic lives of two sisters played by Marion and Julie Depardieu. Marion’s Lena is a shy cellist in the city orchestra coming out of her shell. For the part Marion took Cello lessons for three months. Then came the Belgian comedy ‘Dikkenek‘ by Olivier Van Hoofstadt, in which Marion played wired school teacher Nadine, who’s right on the edge of losing it. In ‘Fair Play‘, a longer version of Lionel Bailliu’s short film Squash about the vicious politics of the work place, Marion played Nicole, a shy and fearful but also selfish and aggressive secretary. For the part she took refresher courses in snorkeling. Marion Cotillard got cast in another US production after ‘Big Fish‘, as the female lead in Ridley Scott’s ‘A Good Year‘, based on Peter Mayle’s bestseller A Year In Provence, starring Russell Crowe. Her Fanny Chenal runs a restaurant in town and gets Russell Crowe’s character to enjoy a slower and kinder way of life. The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival but it was not really a hit. Still, it made her somewhat known to international audiences.

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La Vie en Rose (2006 – 2007)

Director Olivier Dahan saw something in Marion Cotillard, especially her eyes which reminded him of Edith Piaf. So she was his first choice for his biopic about the famous French singer. However, his producers wanted him to cast a better known actress. He was willing to cut his budget by $5 million and early 2005 she was cast. To prepare for the role Marion read many biographies about her, watched her interviews and movies and listened to her songs – she nourished herself with anything Edith Piaf. Just before filming began, her friend Guillaume Canet was about to start directing ‘Ne le dis à person‘, so over drinks they shared their fears of what awaited them.

On the set of 'La Vie en Rose'

On the set of ‘La Vie en Rose’

When filming for ‘La Môme‘ (english: La Vie En Rose) began in January 2006 Marion experienced for the first time Edith Piaf’s voice and body language and saw that her preparation had served her well. Also, Olivier’s faith in her reassured her. It really was the role of a lifetime for Marion Cotillard. She portrayed the singer from the age of 19 until 47 (when she actually looked like 60). She shaved her eyebrows and hairline and spent each day three to five hours in makeup. But it didn’t bother her because it was the only time she could really relax and sleep. One of the more difficult aspects of the part was mastering the perfect lip-synching to Edith’s songs. She also drew inspiration from her two grandmothers.

After filming finished, Marion Cotillard found that for the first time she had a hard time letting go of the character. It took her months to be herself again. Because she went this deep for the part it also prompted her to re-evaluate her personal life. Additionally, leading up to ‘La Môme‘ she had been working non stop for three years. She left to travel to Peru, to the Amazonian forest, to experience life before being able to tell new stories. Even though there was talk of a number of French movie projects involving her she didn’t sign on to any.

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International Acclaim (2007 – 2008)
In 'La Vie en Rose'

In ‘La Vie en Rose’

The pressure and expectations were high for ‘La Môme‘ but shooting footage that was shown during the Cannes Film Festival in May 2006 already got positive remarks. It went on to be the opening film of the 57th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2007 and Marion Cotillard’s performance received standing ovations lasting over 15 minutes. In France and wherever the film premiered next it drew many people to the theatres – in the end grossing $86 million worldwide while it was made on a budget of €20,7 million.

Hollywood Actress of the Year

Hollywood Actress of the Year

Soon, there was talk of awards. She was awarded the Swann d’0r for Best Actress at the 21st Cabourg Romantic Film Festival in June 2007 and in the same month it was announced that she was to receive the Hollywood Actress of the Year Award at the Hollywood Film Festival in October. But this was only the beginning. Early on when the movie’s distributor asked if she was willing to campaign for the Oscars she was at first surprised that this was the way it was done in the US but accepted because she was very proud of the film. For her it was more about the experience of it and less about winning.

Winning the Oscar

Winning the Oscar

Regardless, early 2008 she went on to win the Golden Globe, BAFTA, César and the Oscar, thus making history. She is the first – and so far only – person to win an Oscar for a performance entirely in French. She’s the second French actress after Simone Signoret in 1959 to win an Oscar for Best Actress and the third French actress overall to win an Oscar (Juliette Binoche won for Best Supporting Actress).

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International Breakthrough (2008 – 2011)
with Johnny Depp in 'Public Enemies'

with Johnny Depp in ‘Public Enemies’

Even before her Oscar win she was cast in Michael Mann’s ‘Public Enemies‘ and Rob Marshall’s ‘Nine‘. Immediately after her Oscar win she flew to Chicago to start preparing for ‘Public Enemies‘. To portray John Dillinger’s girlfriend Billie Frechette who was half French half Indian she spent some time at the Menominee Indian Reservation and worked hard to erase her French accent and to develop a believable Midwestern American accent. When she was stressing too much over her accent director Michael Mann encouraged her to trust her hard work from preparation and to focus on giving heart and soul and flesh and emotions to Billie. Shooting wrapped in June 2008. The movie was released in June 2009 to fairly positive reviews.

in 'Nine'

in ‘Nine’

Work on ‘Nine‘ – the movie version of the Broadway musical and based on Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical film – began in August 2008 when director Rob Marshall set up a dance/drama boot camp in London where the actors could work exclusively on their high notes, dance steps and dialect. Starring in a musical was a life-long dream come true for Marion. As Luisa Contini she sang two songs in the movie ‘My husband makes movies‘ and ‘Take it all‘ – she later directed a Music Video for the latter. The songs were recorded in September and filming began on October 10, 2008 and lasted until January 30, 2009. The movie was released in December 2009 and was a flop at the box office. Despite mixed reviews for the movie Marion and Penelope Cruz were highly praised. To avoid competition Harvey Weinstein campaigned Marion Cotillard as lead actress and Penelope Cruz as supporting. While Penelope went on to receive an Oscar nomination Marion only got a nomination at the Golden Globes, no doubt due the confusion about her category.

in 'Le dernier vol'

in ‘Le dernier vol’

Even before accepting these two parts Marion had already agreed to star in ‘Le dernier vol‘ (English: The Last Flight) by Karim Dridi based on the novel Le dernier vol de Lancaster by Sylvain Estibal and the real life events of Bill Lancaster. However, it was difficult to get the funding even after her friend – and now partner – Guillaume Canet signed on. Marion was really in love with the story and fought for the movie, even cutting down her salary. Filming finally began in March 2009 in the Moroccan desert. She portrayed Marie Vallières de Beaumont who flies planes and goes to Africa by herself because the love of her life has crashed in the desert. The movie was released in France in December 2009 to mixed reviews.

Lady Dior Print Ad

Lady Dior Print Ad

In October 2008 it was announced that Marion Cotillard was to become the face of the iconic Lady Dior bag. Print ads shot by Peter Lindbergh featuring Marion clutching the bag while on the Eiffel tower in Paris dropped at the end of the year and a short movie by ‘La Vie En Rose‘ director Olivier Dahan called ‘The Lady Noire Affair‘ was released in May 2009. A second batch of print ads shot by Annie Leibovitz set in New York were released in July 2009. A short movie entitled ‘The Lady Rouge Affair‘ was supposed to follow but due to Marion’s busy schedule a music video of Marion Cotillard performing ‘The Eyes of Mars‘ by Franz Ferdinand was released in March 2010. Print Ads shot by Steven Klein and set in Shanghai were released in April 2010 and a short film by David Lynch called ‘Lady Blue‘ in May 2010. A fourth set of print ads shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott set in London came out in October 2010 accompanied with the short film ‘Lady Grey‘ by John Cameron Mitchell and starring Sir Ian McKellen in December 2010.

in 'Inception'

in ‘Inception’

In April 2009 it was announced that Marion Cotillard would be part of the ensemble for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception‘ opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. The huge movie with a budget of $160 million filmed from June until November 2009 across the globe. Marion filmed her part as Mal, in August in Paris and in October in Los Angeles. Details about her character were kept under wraps because it involved a twist. The movie was released in July 2010 and was a huge hit both with critics and at the box office.

in 'Little White Lies'

in ‘Little White Lies’

Also in April 2009 it was announced that Marion would be part of the ensemble in Guillaume Canet’s new film ‘Les petits mouchoirs‘ (English: Little White Lies) about a group of friends who travel to Cap Ferret for their traditional summer holiday together and discover their secrets. Marion Cotillard was reunited with former co-stars Gilles Lellouche (Love Me If You Dare and Ma vie en l’air) and Benoit Magimel (Lisa and Fair Play). The actors who are really good friends in real life spent 3 days together in the holiday house in May 2009. Filming started in August and lasted eight weeks. Marion filmed her scenes in between the ‘Inception‘ shooting. She portrayed Marie, an ethnologist who spends the larger part of the year in Amazonia where she studies the Kayapo Indians – a kind of running away, because she’s troubled in her own life. The movie had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released in France in October 2010 and became the most successful French film of the year. It was also released in the UK, Canada and the US.

Yodelice with Simone

Yodelice with Simone

All through 2010, Marion used her spare time to appear incognito under the pseudonym Simone (her grandmother’s name) with French band Yodelice at various concerts in France and Belgium. Its founder Maxim Nucci also had a part in ‘Les petits mouchoirs‘ and released a new album featuring a duet with Marion at the same time as the movie came out. So Marion also sang during some of the band’s TV appearances.

in 'Midnight in Paris'

in ‘Midnight in Paris’

In April 2010 it was announced that Marion Cotillard was cast in Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris‘ an enchanting comedy. Filming took place in July 2010 in Paris. The movie opened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2011 and was both a critical and commercial success becoming the highest grossing Woody Allen movie (with adjusted numbers it comes in seventh). Marion was praised for her supporting role as Adriana living in Paris in the 20′s but pining for the Golden Age.

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Motherhood & Career (2011 – 2014)

After some online speculation towards the end of 2010, where she had dropped out of David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis‘ and was wearing loosely fitted gowns during the Marrakech Film Festival in December – Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet confirmed in January 2011 that they were expecting their first child.

in 'Contagion'

in ‘Contagion’

In fact, Marion Cotillard was pregnant while she filmed Steven Soderbergh’s sci-fi thriller ‘Contagion‘ in which she had been cast back in February 2010. She began filming in September 2010 in Hong Kong and in October in Chicago. She also spent a day filming on location at WHO in Geneva, Switzerland in January 2011. She played Leonora Orantes, a doctor who works for the World Health Organization and heads to Hong Kong to investigate the viral outbreak. Even though she was cast alongside Kate Winslet whom she adores, Marion didn’t have any scenes with her. The movie was released in September 2011 to favourable reviews and enjoying success at the box office.

Although the Lady Dior Saga concluded at the end of 2010 Marion Cotillard’s involvement with the fashion house was far from over. Another batch of print ads by Craig McDean set in Moscow, Russia were released in April 2011 – with the Lady Dior dag placed in front of Marion to hide her pregnancy.

Miss Dior Print ad

Miss Dior Print ad

Marion was giving interviews to promote the UK release of ‘Little White Lies‘ shortly before giving birth but couldn’t attend the premiere of ‘Midnight in Paris‘ at the Cannes Film Festival. On May 19, 2011 she gave birth to a son named Marcel. Only two weeks later she was spotted on a photo shoot in Paris. Print Ads for Miss Dior shot by Mikael Jansson were released in July 2011.

in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

As early as 2010 rumours floated around the web that Marion Cotillard was going to star in Christopher Nolan’s final movie of the Batman trilogy ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘. In February 2011 it was confirmed that she was in discussions. In April 2011 she officially joined the cast as Miranda Tate although there was much speculation that it was a cover for a more intriguing character. But Marion’s lips were sealed. Filming for the movie took place between May and November 2011. Christopher Nolan was willing to arrange the shooting schedule to accommodate for Marion giving birth and making it possible for her to bring her baby son to the set with her. She started filming in Pittsburgh in July and August 2011. The movie was released in July 2012 and is one of the highest grossing films of all time. Marion’s final scene in the movie was parodied all over the internet, which is unlucky because her body of work consists of so much more.

L.A.dy Dior Print Ad

L.A.dy Dior Print Ad

While in the US to promote ‘Contagion and film ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ she filmed another Dior commercial with John Cameron Mitchell. Entitled ‘L.A.dy Dior‘ the comedy short was released in December 2011. Print Ads also set in Los Angeles and shot by Steven Klein were released in November 2011. With another batch of Dior print ads released in March 2012 they came full circle, as they were once again shot by Peter Lindbergh and set in Paris.

in 'Rust and Bone'

in ‘Rust and Bone’

In June 2011 rumours emerged that Marion Cotillard was starring in Jacques Audiard’s next movie ‘De rouille et d’os (English: Rust and Bone). This was confirmed in September. Marion’s schedule on ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ didn’t allow for as much preparation that Marion and Jacques Audiard would have preferred. In fact, the filming schedule for the two movies seemed to overlap. Marion arrived in Antibes in the south of France early October and immediately started rehearsals to be able to portray an orca trainer. Filming took place on location in Cannes. Her character Stéphanie loses her legs at work and the movie is about her journey back to life and finding a connection with Matthias Schoenarts’s Ali, a fighter. Marion made good use of the fact that she was tired all the time and the fact that they hadn’t had much time to prepare to make Stéphanie both mysterious and relatable. It’s an amazing performance – in some ways maybe even better than the one in ‘La Vie en Rose‘ as it was subtle yet just as powerful. The movie opened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012 and Marion for the first time walked the famous steps with a movie of her own. She was moved by the experience. The movie was released in France on the same day to raving reviews. It went on to be released in the UK and the US to great critical acclaim. Marion was nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and César – but not for an Oscar. She did receive the Best Actress of the Year award from the Hollywood Film Festival as well as career tributes at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, Telluride Film Festival, AFI Fest, BFI London Film Festival and Harper’s Bazaar Awards. She was also named Woman of the Year by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding.

in 'The Immigrant'

in ‘The Immigrant’

In June 2011 it was announced that Marion Cotillard would headline James Gray’s new movie eventually called ‘The Immigrant‘ opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. James Gray who met her through his friend Guillaume Canet wrote the movie especially for her. Marion plays Polish immigrant Ewa Cybulski who falls on hard times after arriving in the US. She had to learn Polish for the part. Not long after filming for ‘Rust and Bone‘ finished she relocated to New York where filming started in January and wrapped in March 2012. The movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival over a year later in May 2013 in competition to mixed reviews, but Marion’s performance was praised. Although it was screened at number of festivals during fall 2013, it wasn’t released in France until November 2013 and will be released in US in May 2014. The movie is slow but the cinematography is beautiful and Marion as a young Polish immigrant is flawless.

in 'Blood Ties'

in ‘Blood Ties’

Upon finishing filming for ‘The Immigrant‘ she moved to the set of Guillaume Canet’s ‘Blood Ties‘ a remake of the French movie ‘Les Liens Du Sang’ and his first movie set and filmed in the US. Marion is in it as the supporting character Monica opposite Clive Owen, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis and her ‘Big Fish‘ co-star Billy Crudup. Marion invented the fact that Monica had an Italian background so she spent hours trying to learn Italian and perfecting her Italian flavoured Bronx accent from the 70s. Filming took place around April to June 2012. The movie premiered in the same week as ‘The Immigrant‘ at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013 out of competition. It was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and released in French cinemas at the end of October 2013.

in 'Jeanne au bûcher'

in ‘Jeanne au bûcher’

After filming four movies more or less back to back after her son was born Marion moved back to France and enjoyed taking a break from acting to spend time with her family. She dropped out of Ashgar Farhadi’s ‘The Past‘ and was seen supporting Guillaume Canet at horse jumping events. However, she took time to star again as Joan of Arc in the oratorio ‘Jeanne au bûcher‘ in November 2012 in Barcelona. Her moving Performance was also telecast online via Medici.tv.

Lady Dior Print Ad

Lady Dior Print Ad

Starting in September 2012 Dior launched Lady Dior, a Web Documentary consisting of seven videos giving us insight into the fashion house’s history and Marion Cotillard’s life while promoting ‘Rust and Bone‘. The fourth video was a music video to Marion singing her own song ‘Lily’s Body‘ to music by Yodelice. The last video was released in March 2013. Print Ads shot by Jean-Baptiste Mondino and set in the Hamptons were released in October 2012. Another set shot by Jean-Baptiste Mondino highlighting the Lady Dior bag and the pre-fall Raf Simons collection were released in March 2013. Print ads shot by Tim Walker highlighting the Lady Dior bag and the Resort 2014 collection by designer Raf Simons were released in October 2013.

Marion mentioned in September 2012 that she would be in the new movie by the Dardenne brothers even though she hadn’t seen a script yet. This was confirmed in February 2013. In the movie titled ‘Deux jours, une nuit‘ (English: Two Days, One Night) she plays Sandra, who has only a weekend to track down her colleagues and convince them to renounce their bonuses so she can keep her job. Rehearsals started in June 2013 and filming started in July 2013 in Belgium.

Towards the end of 2013 Marion Cotillard was in full preparation for ‘Macbeth‘ by Justin Kurzel and opposite Michael Fassbender for which she had been cast as Lady Macbeth in August 2013. Filming started in the UK in February 2014. She always believed to be one day portraying Lady Macbeth after playing her at drama school, however she thought it would take place on stage and in French.

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Taxi‘ may have made her a star, but Marion Cotillard has proven that she can do so much more – and ‘Taxi 4‘ had to do without her. Even after winning an Oscar for her performance in ‘La Vie en Rose‘ she continued to challenge herself. She is very talented but doesn’t rely on her past accolades. She is known for her humility and hard working ethic. Though her huge body of work has given her a sense of accomplishment, to be comfortable to accept and enjoy praise even though she still struggles with the concept of fame. Motherhood has brought her pure and lasting joy.

for Greenpeace in 2013

for Greenpeace in 2013

She keeps her private life to herself. To be happy in her private life she needs – in her own words – to accomplish herself in her profession, but wouldn’t be satisfied if that were the only things in her life. She enjoys cooking, watching documentaries and she loves nature – especially trees. She has mentioned that her mother’s saying “Everything in life is a gift, sometimes it’s just badly wrapped” is her motto. Her beliefs transcend traditional religion but she believes in life, love and beauty. She continues to be fascinated by human beings and hopes to explore them through her acting. She loves earth and nature and is thus concerned for its preservation. Marion Cotillard has been a member of Greenpeace since 2002.

No doubt we will continue to see more great things from the magnifique Marion Cotillard!

Last Updated: February 4, 2014
(written by me – don’t copy. This is NOT an official biography. The facts come from various internet sources.)