50 facts about French actress Marion Cotillard

She is an actress, singer-songwriter, environmentalist and spokesperson for Greenpeace. Learn 50 facts about Marion Cotillard.

1. Marion Cotillard is a French actress, singer-songwriter, environmentalist and spokesperson for Greenpeace.

2. She has garnered worldwide acclaim and awards for her performances in films such as A Very Long Engagement, La Vie en Rose, Nine, Inception, Midnight in Paris, Rust and Bone, The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night.

3. In 2015, she stars as Lady Macbeth in Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, a new film adaptation of William Shakespeare's acclaimed play.

4. 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 for Best Actress.

5. She is the first and (as of 2015) only actor to win an Academy Award for a performance in the French language.

6. In 2010, she received a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award nomination for her performance in the musical film Nine.

7. In 2012, she received critical acclaim for her performance as an amputee orca trainer in Rust and Bone and received nominations for the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and the César Award.

8. She received rave reviews in 2014 for her lead performances in The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night, scoring her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the latter, which was also her second nomination for a French-language film and also the first time an actor was nominated for a Belgian film.

9. 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.

10. Cotillard was born in Paris, and grew up around Orléans.

11. She grew up in an artistically inclined, "bustling, creative household".

12. Her father, Jean-Claude Cotillard, is an actor, teacher, former mime, and 2006 Molière Award-winning director.

13. Cotillard's mother, Niseema Theillaud, is also an actress and drama teacher.

14. Her two younger brothers are twins: Quentin and Guillaume.

15. Her brother Guillaume is a screenwriter and director.

16. Cotillard began acting during her childhood, appearing on stage in one of her father's plays.

17. 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".

18. She also had an uncredited role in the episode "Saving Grace", in which she appeared giving birth in one scene.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. In 1998, she appeared in Gérard Pirès' action comedy Taxi, playing Lili Bertineau, girlfriend of delivery boy Daniel. The film was a hit in France and she was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress. Cotillard reprised the role in two sequels: Taxi 2 and Taxi 3.

22. Cotillard starred in the Swiss war drama War in the Highlands (La Guerre dans le Haut Pays), for which she won the Best Actress Award at Autrans Film Festival in 1999.

23. In 2001, she appeared in Pierre Grimblat's film Lisa, playing the title role and younger version of Jeanne Moreau's character, co-starring with Benoît Magimel and Sagamore Stévenin. In the same year, she starred in Gilles Paquet-Brenner's film Pretty Things (Les Jolies Choses), adapted from the work of feminist writer Virginie Despentes. In the drama, Cotillard portrayed twins of completely opposite characters, Lucie and Marie, and she was nominated for a César

23.Award for Most Promising Actress for her performance.

24. In 2002, she appeared in Guillaume Nicloux's thriller A Private Affair (Une Affaire Privée), where she portrayed the mysterious Clarisse.

25. In 2003, Cotillard had a notable supporting role in Tim Burton's film Big Fish, where she appeared alongside Helena Bonham Carter, Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Allison Lohman. In the film she plays Joséphine, the French wife of William Bloom.

26. In the same year, she starred in the romantic comedy film Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d'enfants), as Sophie Kowalsky, the daughter of Polish immigrants. The film was directed by Yann Samuel and was a box office hit in France.

27. In 2004, she won the Chopard Trophy of Female Revelation at the Cannes Film Festival.

28. She also appeared in two critically acclaimed films: Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement (Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles) as the vengeful Tina Lombardi, for which she won a César Award for Best Supporting Actress.

29. In 2005, Cotillard starred in six films: Steve Suissa's romantic drama Cavalcade as Alizée; Abel Ferrara's religious drama Mary, alongside Forest Whitaker and Juliette Binoche; portrayed Isabelle Kruger and Alice in the thriller film The Black Box (La Boîte Noire), directed by Richard Berry; starred in the romantic comedy Love Is in the Air (Ma vie en l'air); in the drama Burnt Out (Sauf le respect que je vous dois) and Edy, directed by Stéphan Guérin-Tillié.

30. In 2006, the actress starred in four films including Ridley Scott's romantic comedy A Good Year, in which she portrayed Fanny Chenal, a French café owner in a small Provençal town, opposite Russell Crowe as a Londoner who inherits a local property, the Belgian comedy Dikkenek alongside Mélanie Laurent, appeared in Fair Play as Nicole and in the satirical coming-of-age film Toi et moi, for which she learned to play the cello for her role.

31. Cotillard starred alongside Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in Public Enemies, which was released in the United States on 1 July 2009.

32. On 15 December 2009, Cotillard was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for her performance in the film.

33. Cotillard appeared on the cover of the November 2009 issue of Vogue with her Nine co-stars, and on the July 2010 cover by herself.

34. For her role as Luisa Contini in Nine, Time magazine ranked her as the fifth best performance by a female in 2009, behind Mo'Nique, Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep. Cotillard was awarded the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival for her performance - her second prize from the festival.

35. Cotillard sings, plays guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and tambourine.

36. She co-wrote and performed the song "La Fille De Joie" for her film Pretty Things (Les Jolies Choses), in which she played a singer and also performed the song "La Conne" for this film.

37. In 2008, she co-wrote and performed the song "The Strong Ones" alongside Hawksley Workman for Olivier Dahan's short film for Cartier's Love range.

38. In 2010, she recorded a song called "Happy Crowd" with the French band Yodelice and sang few songs on their album "Cardioid".

39. She also went on tour with the band in different cities in France and Belgium under the pseudonym "Simone", which is her grandmother's name.

40. Cotillard appears in the video "More Than Meets the Eyes" from Yodelice.

41. She also recorded the song "The Eyes of Mars" alongside Franz Ferdinand especially for Dior.

42. In 2012, she wrote and performed the song "Lily's Body" for the fourth episode of the Lady Dior Web Documentary with the same title.

43. In 2014, Cotillard wrote and performed the song "Snapshot in LA" alongside John Cameron Mitchell, Metronomy's Joseph Mount and Villaine. The song latter earned a music video that was written and co-directed by Cotillard herself especially for Lady Dior's campaign "Enter the Game - Dior Cuise 2015".

44. In 2008, Cotillard was chosen as the face of Dior's "Lady Dior" advertising campaign and was featured in an online mini-movie directed by John Cameron Mitchell about the fictional character created by John Galliano.

45. She also starred in a series of short films that were situated in different cities to promote the "Lady Dior" handbags: Lady Noire Affair (in Paris) directed by Olivier Dahan, Lady Blue Shanghai directed by David Lynch, Lady Rouge (in New York) directed by Jonas Akerlund and Lady Grey London directed by John Cameron Mitchell and starring Ian McKellen and Russell Tovey.

46. Cotillard also appeared on the cover of the first issue of Dior Magazine in September 2012.

47. In 2014, she wrote and co-directed alongside Eliott Bliss, a music video for her song "Snapshot in LA", especially for Lady Dior's campaign "Enter The Game - Dior Cuise 2015" In the late 90s, Cotillard was in a relationship with French actor Julien Rassam.

48. From 2000 to 2005, she was in a relationship with French actor Stéphan Guérin-Tillié.

49. She dated French singer Sinclair from 2005 to 2007.

50. 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.

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