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Audrey Tautou
Audrey Tautou

Birth Date: August 9, 1978

Birth Place: Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, France

Occpation: Actress

Height: 5' 3"

Quote: "I like the cloud of milk when you put it in tea, the smell of gasoline and lights through a windowpane. I don't like to receive a postcard and not recognize the signature. And I don't like a limp handshake or the smell of a cigar."


Audrey Tautou Biography

A dark-haired gamine who was something of a throwback to actresses like Audrey Hepburn and Leslie Caron, Audrey Tautou made an auspicious film debut as the sweetly innocent beauty salon worker who engages in a flirtation with an older gentleman in "Venus Beaute Institut" (1999), for which she earned the Cesar as most promising female newcomer. Born in Beaumont, France and raised in rural Montlucon, she began her performing career in a series of made for French television movies and shorts that displayed her beauty and talent. Selected as the winner of a competition sponsored by Canal+, she landed her first film. Subsequent to that breakthrough role, Tautou appeared as a teen runaway in "Voyous voyelles" (1999) and supported Vincent Perez in two 2000 releases: "Epouse-moi" and the sex comedy "Le Libertin". She displayed her charms and her flair for romantic comedy as the heroine of the "Happenstance/Le Battement d'ailes du papillon" (2001).

Tautou caught her biggest break, though, when British actress Emily Watson dropped out of a proposed teaming with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. After auditioning for the role of a Monmartre waitress who embarks on fixing the lives of others while neglecting her own, the charismatic and beautiful actress landed the star-making role in the whimsical "Le Fableux destin d'Amelie Poulain" (2001) which became a box-office juggernaut in France. With a shortened title, "Amelie", the film, propelled by Tautou's sly and charming turn, went on to enchant critics and audiences throughout the world.

Tautou next graced screens in a trio of French films, first as a young woman searching for love and spirituality in "Dieu est Grand, je suis Toute Petite" aka "God is Great, I'm Not" (2002), a medical student involved with a married doctor in À la Folie... pas du Tout" aka "He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not" (2002) and as part of the international ensemble of "Auberge espagnole, L'" aka "Pot Luck" (2002). Tautou's next major role was for director Stephen Frears in "Dirty Pretty Things" (2003), a dark and shadowy thriller in which she played an illegal Turkish immigrant whose morally upright lover uncovers sinister activities at the hotel where he works.

She rejoined “Amelie” director Jean-Pierre Jeunet for his next film, “A Very Long Engagement” (2004), an ambitious, if not flawed World War I drama. Tautou played a beautiful French woman with a bum leg from a childhood bout with Polio whose fiancé (Gaspard Ulliel) is caught inflicting a wound on himself in order to be sent home from the front. Along with four other ne’er-do-wells, her fiancé is marched to the hinterland between the French and German lines where the cowards are sure to be killed. Despite receiving word of her fiancé’s death, she knows deep down he’s still alive and hires a private detective (Ticky Holgado) to find him after the war. Tautou was next set to appear in one of the most controversial and anticipated movies to have come along in decades, “The Da Vinci Code” (2006), directed by Ron Howard from Dan Brown’s mega-blockbuster about a secret religious society that has spent the past 2000 years guarding a secret that could destroy the foundations of society if it were revealed.

Audrey Tautou Filmography

Ensemble, c'est tout (2007) .... Camille
Hors de prix (2006) .... Irène
The Da Vinci Code (2006) .... Agent Sophie Neveu
Poupées russes, Les (2005) .... Martine
... aka The Russian Dolls (literal English title)
Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004) .... Mathilde
... aka A Very Long Engagement (International: English title) (USA)
Nowhere to Go But Up (2003) .... Val Chipzik
... aka Happy End (France) (USA)
... aka I Want to Be Famous (Singapore: English title)
Pas sur la bouche (2003) .... Huguette Verberie
... aka Not on the Lips (International: English title) (USA)
Marins perdus, Les (2003) .... Lalla
... aka Lost Seamen (International: English title)
Dirty Pretty Things (2002) .... Senay Gelik
Auberge espagnole, L' (2002) .... Martine
... aka Pot Luck (Canada: English title) (UK)
... aka Auberge espagnole, L' (USA)
... aka Casa de locos, Una (Spain)
... aka Euro Pudding (International: English title)
... aka The Spanish Apartment (USA)
À la folie... pas du tout (2002) .... Angélique
... aka He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (International: English title)
Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite (2001) .... Michèle
... aka God Is Great, I'm Not (USA: festival title)
... aka God Is Great, and I'm Not (USA: video title)
Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le (2001) .... Amélie Poulain
... aka Amélie (France: working title) (International: English title) (USA)
... aka Amelie (UK)
... aka Amelie from Montmartre (International: English title)
... aka Amelie of Montmartre (International: English title: festival title)
... aka Fabelhafte Welt der Amelie, Die (Germany)
... aka The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain (USA: literal English title)
Battement d'ailes du papillon, Le (2000) .... Irène
... aka Happenstance (UK) (USA)
... aka Amelie 2 (Hong Kong: English title: DVD title)
... aka The Beating of the Butterfly's Wings (International: English title)
Libertin, Le (2000) .... Julie d'Holbach
... aka The Libertine (International: English title)
Voyous voyelles (2000) .... Anne-Sophie
... aka Bad Girls (Australia: TV title)
... aka Pretty Devils (USA: new title)
... aka The Little Grifters (USA: cable TV title)
Épouse-moi (2000) .... Marie-Ange
... aka Marry Me (International: English title)
Triste à mourir (1999) .... Caro
Vénus beauté (institut) (1999) .... Marie
... aka Venus Beauty Institute (USA: literal English title)
... aka Venus Beauty Salon (UK)
Boiteux: Baby blues, Le (1999) (TV) .... Blandine Piancet
"Julie Lescaut"
- Bal masqué (1998) TV Episode .... Tracy
Casting: Archi-dégueulasse (1998) .... Comédienne 1
Chaos technique (1998) (TV) .... Lisa
Bébés boum (1998) (TV) .... Elsa
Vieille barrière, La (1998) .... La jeune fille du quartier
"Cordier, juge et flic, Les"
- Le crime d'à côté (1997) TV Episode .... Léa
Vérité est un vilain défaut, La (1997) (TV) .... La standardiste
Coeur de cible (1996) (TV)

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