Marion Cotillard (French pronunciation: ( listen); born 30 September 1975) is a French actress, singer-songwriter, environmentalist and spokesperson for Greenpeace.She has received international acclaim and awards for her performances in films such as A Very Long Engagement (2004), La Vie en Rose (2007), Nine (2009), Inception (2010), Midnight in Paris (2011), Rust and Bone (2012), The Immigrant (2013), Two Days, One Night (2014) and Macbeth (2015). She is also known for being the face of Lady Dior handbags since 2008. In 2014, Cotillard was named “The Most Bankable French Actress of the 21st Century”, her films accumulating more than 37 million ticket sales in France from 2001 to 2014.
In 2007, Cotillard starred as French singer Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, for which she received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, César Award, and the Golden Globe Award. She is the first and (as of 2016) only actor to win an Academy Award for a performance in the French language.
After small appearances and performances in theater, Cotillard had occasional, minor roles in television series such as Highlander – where 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. But her career as a film actress began in the mid-1990s with small but noticeable roles in films like L’ Histoire du garçon qui voulait qu’on l’embrasse, Arnaud Desplechin’s My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument and the comedy La Belle Verte directed by Coline Serreau.
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, co-starring Anna Karina. In 1998, she appeared in Gérard Pirès’ action comedy Taxi, playing Lili Bertineau, girlfriend of delivery boy Daniel. The film was a hit
In 2009, Cotillard designed her own doll for UNICEF France campaign “Les Frimousses Font Leur Cinéma”, that was sold to help vaccinate thousands of children in Darfur.
Cotillard is the patron of Maud Fontenoy Foundation, a non-governmental organization which is dedicated to teaching children about preserving the oceans.She is also the ambassador of Association Wayanga, a French association that supports indigenous peoples for their rights and the preservation of their cultures and the Amazon Forest they inhabit.
In the late 90s, Cotillard was in a relationship with French actor Julien Rassam. From 2000 to 2005, she was in a relationship with French actor Stéphan Guérin-Tillié. She dated French singer Sinclair from 2005 to 2007.
Since October 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 19 May 2011. In 2014, she denied being married to Guillaume Canet
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