Actress and singer Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris, France. Raised in a household of actors, teachers, artists and entertainers, Cotillard decided to become an actress at an early age. At 16, she moved to Paris to pursue her dream, and by 2001, she had won France's prestigious Cesar Award for her performance as twins Lucie and Marie in Les Jolie Choses.
In 2007, Cotillard received international recognition for her iconic portrayal of legendary French singer Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007). The role won Cotillard the Academy Award for Best Actress along with a César (France's equivalent to the Oscar), a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe. That made her only the second actress to win an acting Oscar performing in a language other than English next to Sophia Loren (Two Women (1960)). Only two male performers (Roberto Benigni for Life Is Beautiful (1997) and Robert De Niro for The Godfather: Part II (1974)) have won an Oscar for solely non-English parts.
In effect, she delivered the performance of a lifetime, captured most effectively in such scenes as the Olympia Music Hall in which Cotillard - even though she was lip-synching to Piaf's "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" - was magnificent as she eerily channeled the singer. "La Vie En Rose" was also a commercial success, beating the opening week sales of "Amelie