Who is Audrey Tautou?
Audrey Justine Tautou is a French actress and model who rose to international fame with her portrayal of a shy, eccentric waitress in the romantic comedy, ‘Amelie’, which won her several awards and accolades. Often compared to Audrey Hepburn because of her beauty, charisma and acting skills, Tautou is the perfect combination of good looks and talents. Acting did not seem like a likely career choice for the pretty dark-haired girl who hailed from a family of intellectuals; her father was a dental surgeon while mother was a teacher. She somehow caught the acting bug while at school and decided to become a professional actress. She attended acting classes at the Cours Florent and soon landed a role in television movie production ‘Coeur de cible’. She made her feature film debut with ‘Venus Beauty Institute’ for which she was much appreciated. The daring actress likes to experiment with a variety of roles and has acted in different genres of films ranging from the romantic comedy ‘Amelie’ to the thriller, ‘Dirty Pretty Things’. A native of France, she appeared in a number of French films before making her Hollywood debut with Tom Hanks in the film, ‘The Da Vinci Code’. As a model she is held in high regard for her dressing sense and is considered a fashionista.
Childhood & Early Life
She was born as the eldest daughter of a dental surgeon and a teacher in Beaumont, France. She has three younger siblings.
She decided, at a very young age, to pursue a career in acting and attended acting classes at the Cours Florent.
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She was selected to play a minor role in the television movie, ‘Coeur de Cible’ in 1996. Following this, she received offers for small roles in other French movies and series including ‘Les Cordier, juge et flic’ in 1997 and ‘La Vieille Barriere’ in 1998.
In 1998, she participated in the ninth ‘Jeune Comedien de Cinema Festival’ in Bezier and won the competition in the Best Young Actress category. The director Tonie Marshall noticed her and cast her in her new movie ‘Venus Beauty Institute’ in 1999. She gave an amazing performance, portraying the character Marie.
The year 2001 was a remarkable one for her; she played the lead role in the romantic comedy ‘Amelie’ which was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The film was a critical as well as a commercial hit which was nominated for five Academy Awards.
She played the role of Senay Gelik in the thriller film, ‘Dirty Pretty Things’ in 2002 which revolved around the story of two illegal immigrants in London. The film was adjudged the ‘Best Independent British Film’ in 2003.
In 2004, she starred in ‘A Very Long Engagement’, a romantic war film about a young woman’s desperate search for her fiance who was feared to have been killed in the war.
Primarily an actress in French films, she appeared in her first full Hollywood production, the mystery thriller ‘The Da Vinci Code’ in 2006 which was adapted from Dan Brown’s best selling novel of the same name. The film though highly controversial was a big commercial success.
She portrayed the famous French fashion designer Coco Chanel in the 2009 film, ‘Coco Before Chanel’. The film was about the early life of the fashion designer and was directed by Anne Fontaine. The film, a big box-office hit was also nominated for several awards.
In 2010, she appeared in the French romance-comedy film ‘De vrais mensonges’ which was directed by Pierre Salvadori. The film was distributed in English speaking countries under the title ‘Beautiful Lies’.
Her 2011 French romantic comedy-drama ‘Delicacy’ was based on a novel of the same name by David Foenkinos. The story revolved around an attractive woman, Nathalie who finds herself flirting with a colleague in a dream-like trance.
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The role she portrayed in the 2012 drama film ‘Therese Desqueyroux’ was a challenging one. She played an unhappily married woman who plots to kill her husband.
She is a famous model in addition to being an actress. She has been modeling from a young age and has appeared in magazines like ‘Vogue’, ‘Elle’, ‘Harpers Bazaar’ and ‘Marie Claire’. She has also been the face of several big brands like Chanel, L’Oreal, and Montblanc. She is considered a fashionista for her impeccable dressing sense.
She is best known for playing the title character in the film ‘Amelie’ which catapulted the French actress to international fame. Her portrayal of the shy and eccentric waitress in the romantic comedy was much appreciated worldwide and helped her to carve a niche for herself in mainstream Hollywood.
Awards & Achievements
She won the Cesar Award for Best Promising Actress for playing Marie in the film ‘Venus Beauty Institute’ in 2000.
She won the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for the Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Amelie Poulain in the 2001 film ‘Amelie’. She won the Prix Lumiere for Best Actress and Sant Jordi Award for Best Actress for the same role.
Personal Life & Legacy
She is very reserved and does not like to talk about her personal life. She has never been married.