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Audrey Tautou, born the 9th of August 1976 in Beaumont, in the Puy-de-Dôme département of Auvergne, is a French film actress, model and occasional singer, known outside of France primarily for her roles in Amélie in 2001, The Da Vinci Code in 2006, Priceless in 2006 and Coco Before Chanel in 2009. She won the César Award for Most Promising Actress in Venus Beauty Institute in 1999. Tautou was born in Beaumont, but was raised in Montluçon in nearby Allier. Her father, Bernard, is an oral surgeon, and her mother, Evelyne, is a teacher. Tautou showed an interest in acting at an early age and began her acting training at the Cours Florent. In 1998, Tautou participated in a competition like Star Search that was sponsored by Canal+ called Jeunes Premiers (English: The Young Debut) where she won Best Young Actress at the 9th Béziers Festival of Young Actors. Tonie Marshall gave her a role in the César-winning Venus Beauty Institute in 1999, (French: Vénus Beauté Institut. In 2000, she won the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti as her country's most promising young film actress. In 2001, Tautou rose to international fame for her performance as the eccentric lead in the romantic comedy Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amélie). In June 2004, she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). In 2005, Tautou worked in her first full Hollywood production, opposite Tom Hanks, in the film version of Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard and released in May 2006.
She acted alongside Gad Elmaleh in Pierre Salvadori's Hors de prix (English: Priceless), released on the 13th of December 2006. The film has been compared to Breakfast at Tiffany's. Next Tautou starred with Guillaume Canet in Claude Berri's Ensemble, c'est tout in 2007, an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Anna Gavalda. Tautou played the lead role in the biopic of fashion designer Coco Chanel, titled Coco avant Chanel, directed by Anne Fontaine. Filming began in Paris in September 2008, and the film was released in France on the 22nd of April 2009. The script is partially based on Edmonde Charles-Roux’s book L’Irrégulière (English: The Non-Conformist). As part of promoting the film, Tautou was named as the next spokesmodel for Chanel No. 5, replacing Nicole Kidman. She was directed in the advertisement by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, with whom she worked with on Amélie and A Very Long Engagement. The advertisement was released in 2009 to coincide with the film's release. She has also modeled for magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar and Marie Claire, as well as lending her face to L'Oreal and Montblanc ad campaigns. She also appeared in the video of I Love Your Smile, a song by British singer-songwriter Charlie Winston.
She has studied at the Institut Catholique de Paris. A church-goer when young, she has stated that she is "not officially" Catholic. Tautou says she considers France her base, where she plans to focus her career rather than doing so in the United States. As she told Stevie Wong of The Straits Times:
"I am, at the end of the day, a French actress. I am not saying I will never shoot an English-language movie again, but my home, my community, my career is rooted in France. I would never move to Los Angeles"
Audrey was born in Beaumont, Puy de Dome under the sign of Leo with a good start in life. She spent her childhood in Montlucon Auvergne, raised in a family environment away from the glamour of the film industry, With a father who was a dentist and a mother that was a teacher, her studious nature led to a Bachelor Degree with honors. Fascinated since childhood by monkeys, she would have liked to spend her life living with and studying primates, such as naturalist Dian Fossey. But, fate led instead to Paris where she obtained a degree in modern literature, while taking acting courses at the Cours Florent and went on to winning an award in 1998 from Canal+ for promising young women. The key moment of her career came at the beginning of a test for the film of Tonie Marshall,Vénus Beauté Institut.
She manages to get the role and luckily the film was a great success at the box office and revealed to the public this shy and fragile appearing girl. This opened further opportunities and she chooses projects that are not necessarily very commercial. Audrey does not seek ease. She probably could have chosen less risky films but preferred to choose films that she liked and that she would want to go see herself. The second turning point in her career involved meeting director Jean-Pierre Jeunet who was looking for a girl for the role of Amélie after the withdrawal of actress Emily Watson. He noticed Audrey in her first film with "this little elf face with big black eyes." At their first meeting he knew in three seconds that he had found his Amélie. The film won, and as everyone knows, it was a phenomenal success worldwide with 30 million viewers.
Then when Jean-Pierre Jeunet is casting again for his film A long Engagement, adapted from the novel by S. Japrisot. Audrey agreed on the condition that the film crew be the same as for Amélie. The filming lasts 5 months and Audrey does not display the same candor and joie de vivre that she did even on Amélie. She feels the need to immerse herself in the character to the point that she speaks to almost no one outside of the set. As she says herself:
"I have come a long way since Amélie, turning with Resnais and Frears, it made me grow up ."
The shoot was challenging and the global promotion lasted for several months. Audrey has declared her intention to take a break and admitted that the paths of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and herself must separate for some time and that she should not be part of Jeunet's next film, to avoid having a label attached to her and Jeunet. It was a time when she did not intend to turn to Hollywood.
"Hollywood does not need me. After Amélie I did not get any offers that interested me because I have very eclectic tastes. It's important for me to aim for those movies that are sensitive, clever and subtle."
Well, she has changed since then. She is probably more confident and more at ease in the language of Shakespeare now, so she decided to take the plunge and join in the filming of a big Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code. According to director Ron Howard Audrey did her audition for the film and in a scene with Tom Hanks, there was an extraordinary alchemy between them. I thought it was perfect to interpret Sophie Neveu, Assistant Professor Langdon. I have great respect for Audrey as a woman and actress. She is shy, creative and speaks English very well, even if some say otherwise. I appreciate her talent so much that I would love to make another movie with her."
StudioCanal announced the beginning of shooting for Cédric Klapisch’s new film, Casse Tête Chinois (English: Chinese Puzzle). 8 years after Russian Dolls, Cédric Klapisch is about to shoot the 3rd part of his trilogy, to be released in cinemas in France on October 16th 2013. After Barcelona for L’auberge Espagnole, London and St-Petersburg for Russian Dolls, Cédric Klapisch this time will take his characters to New York City and Paris. This 3rd opus will give Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile de France, Kelly Reilly, the cast whose adventures marked an entire generation, the chance to meet again.
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