Audrey Tautou
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Date of Birth: August 9, 1978

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

Occupation: Actress

Height: 5' 3"

Best Known For: Amélie and The Da Vinci Code

Audrey Tautou Biography

Audrey Tautou was born on August 9, 1978, in Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, France, and grew up in Montlucon in central France. Her father is a dental surgeon and her mother is a teacher, and she has three younger siblings--one brother and two sisters.

Tautou was fond of acting from a young age. She was particularly enthused with comedy, and she studied acting at Cours Florent. She began her professional acting career by appearing in a couple of French television movies. In 1998, she competed in a talent search event titled Jeunes Premier (The Young First), which lead to her landing her first film. She then won Best Young Actress at the 9th Jeune Comedien de Cinema Festival in Béziers.

Tautou's first big role was in the 1999 film Vénus beauté (institut), for which she won that year's Best New Actress Cesar. In 2000, she was nominated for a Cesar again for her performance in Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amélie). The film reached international success and made Tautou a familiar face with American audiences. She was lucky to receive the part of Amélie, as the film's director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, had his eye on British actress Emily Watson for the part. When Watson dropped the project, Jeunet cast Tautou in the leading role, as he had seen her award winning performance in Vénus beauté (institut).

After the Amélie excitement died down, Tautou went back to work filming French movies, including three films in 2002: playing a young woman searching for love and spirituality in Dieu est Grand, je suis Toute Petite (God is Great, I'm Not), appearing as a medical student involved with a married doctor in À la Folie... pas du Tout (He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not) and as part of the international ensemble of L'Auberge espagnole (Pot Luck). In 2003, Tautou was again seen by American audiences in Dirty Pretty Things, which told the story of two illegal immigrants, one Nigerian and one Turkish, who are living in London.

In 2004, Tautou again teamed up with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet for his film, Un long dimanche de fiançailles ( A Very Long Engagement). In the World War I drama, Tautou played a young woman, Mathilde, in search for her fiancée who disappeared from the trenches of the Somme. In 2006, Tautou co-starred with Tom Hanks in the highly anticipated film The Da Vinci Code, based on the novel of the same name written by Dan Brown.

Tautou will next be seen in the comedy Hors de prix, and the romantic drama Ensemble, c'est tout in 2007.
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