Bonjour, je m'appelle Audrey Tautou

By Ella Kirksey

Early Life

Audrey Justine Tautou was born on the 9th of August, 1976 in Beaumont, Auvergne, France to a dentalsurgeon and a teacher. She is the eldest child and has three younger siblings. Audrey decided from a young age to pursue a career in acting and enrolled in acting classes at the Cours Florent. She also had a special interest in comedy. In 1998, she won best young actress in the ninth 'Jeune Comedien de Cinema Festival' in Bezier.

Career

Tautou's acting career kicked off with several television movies in the 90s. She won a talent-search contest run by a French media company in 1999. She appeared later that year in her first major role portraying a naive salon worker in Venus beaute, which was translated to Venus Beauty Institute when it was released in the United States. Audrey received a French Cesar award for most promising female newcomer for her performance in this film. In 2000, she was a fixture in movie theaters and appeared in many films such as Epouse-moi (Marry Me), Voyous voyelles (Pretty Devils), Le Libertin (The Libertine) and Le Battement d'ailes du papillon (Happenstance).

However, her breakthrough came in 2001 when she starred as a lonely waitress in Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain (Amelie). This quirky, romantic film was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and won an Oscar after becoming the number one French film in the United States. It also earned Tautou a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nomination for best actress. She also appeared in the comedy about foreign exchange students, L'Auberge espangole.

In 2002, Tautou made her English-language debut in Dirty Pretty Things. Then, she appeared in Pas sur la bouche (Not on the Lips; 2003) and Nowhere to Go but Up (2003), before teaming up with Jeunet again Un Long Dimanche de fiancailles (2004; A Very Long Engagment) which won a Cesar Award. Her first big budget Hollywood film was The Da Vinci Code, before she returned to the intimate, french films that first made her famous.

More Films

  • Hors de prix (2006; Priceless)
  • Ensemble c'est tout (2007; Hunting and Gathering)
  • In 2009, Tautou starred as Coco Chanel in Coco avent Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
  • La Delicatesse (2011; Delicacy)
  • Therese Desqueyroux (2012; Therese)
  • L'ecume des jours (2013; Mood Indigo)
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