Audrey Tautou

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Audrey Tautou Biography

Audrey Tautou became an international star with her performance as the impish do-gooder in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's romantic fable "Amlie." Born in Beaumont, France, Audrey Tautou attended acting school, and after graduation, began working on French Televion. She quickly earned Canal+'s prize in 1999 for Best Newcomer. Moving to films, Tautou made her mark with her performance as Natalie Baye's young co-worker in "Venus Beauty Institute" and earned the prestigious Csar for Best New Actress.

Tautou worked steadily, but it was not until landing the leading the lead role in Jeunet's "Amlie" that she achieved stardom, introducing her to fans in the U.S. The popular actress, however, has not cashed in on her fame despite numerous offers from Hollywood, instead preferring to work steadily in her native France. Tautou made an appearance in the ensemble hit film "L'Auberge Espagnole" and took on her first English-language role in Stephen Frears' Oscar nominated "Dirty Pretty Things." Tautou will reteam with Jean-Pierre Jeunet for "Un Long Dimanche de Fianailles" ("A Very Long Engagement"), a film that will also mark Jodie Foster's much anticipated return to film.

Audrey Tautou Awards

2010 BAFTA Awards Best Leading Actress Coco Before Chanel (2009). Nominated
2010 César Awards, France Best Actress Coco Before Chanel (2009). Nominated
2007 NRJ Ciné Awards Best Kiss Priceless (2006). Won
2005 European Film Awards Best Actress A Very Long Engagement (2004). Nominated
2005 César Awards, France Best Actress A Very Long Engagement (2004). Nominated

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Audrey Tautou Trivia

  • She nearly never got the chance to play the wonderful Amélie Poulain, as director Jean-Pierre Jeunet was considering British actress Emily Watson for the role of Amélie.
  • Was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in June 2004. Is now a member.
  • She speaks excellent English.
  • Ranked #29 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
  • Grew up in Montlucon in central France.
  • Although invited, she did not plan on attending the private screening of Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001) organized and attended by President Jacques Chirac. She had a previous engagement with her brother (he was sworn in as a policeman that day). Director Jeunet told the French president that she was in Portugal. When she finally showed up, Jacques Chirac told her he thought she was in Portugal; she simply answered "you'll have to check your sources".
  • When Emily Watson dropped out of Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001), director Jean-Pierre Jeunet cast Tautou after seeing her on a billboard of the movie Vénus beauté (institut) (1999) in Paris near his home in Bastille.
  • After Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001), she and her sister went on a roadtrip in Indonesia where no one recognized her.
  • Favourite authors are Victor Hugo, Oscar Wilde and Paul Auster.
  • Favourite poets are Charles Baudelaire and Tristan Tzara.
  • Favourite music composers are Ravel, Mozart and Frédéric Chopin.
  • Once was told by a medium that she was going to be mother of twins at age 30.
  • Studied at the Cours Florent in Paris.
  • Also studied literature at university.
  • Her father is a dental surgeon and her mother is a teacher.
  • She said that Meryl Streep, Paul Newman, Juliette Lewis, Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore are her idols.
  • Band Brand New has song named after her, titled 'Tautou' featured on their album Deja Entendu.
  • French citizen.
  • She shares birthday with writer Robert Shaw, and soccer players Filippo Inzaghi and Michael Silvestre.
  • Loves painting. Her favorite painters are Turner, Manet, Schiele, Ingres and Delacroix.
  • Favourite movies are Barry Lyndon (1975) and À bout de souffle (1960).
  • She grew up in Montluçon in central France.
  • She is the eldest of four children. She has a brother and two sisters.
  • She takes pictures of her interviewers and puts them in scrapbook.
  • She was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#62). [2007].
  • Boyfriend is rock singer Mathieu Chedid, also known as "M".

Audrey Tautou Photos

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    66th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "La Venus a la Fourrure" ("Venus in Fur") Premiere - Arrivals

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    66th Annual Cannes Film Festival - Palme D'Or Award Winners Photocall

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    4th Rendezvous with French Cinema Season in London - Arrivals

  • Catherine Arditi, Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche, Anais Demoustier, Francis Perrin, Stanley Weber

    65th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "Therese Desqueyroux" Premiere - Arrivals

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    65th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "Therese Desqueyroux" Photocall

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    2010 Orange British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards - Arrivals

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