French actress Audrey Justine Tautou was born on 9 August 1976. Tautou was just another hopeful young person taking acting lessons until she participated in a competition called “Jeunes Premiers” (Young Debuts) sponsored by French cable TV station Canal+ and won Best Young Actress at a festival. This led to a role in a César winning film (Vénus Beauté) and her career exploded.
Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (Amélie) in 2001 resulted in five Oscar nominations and got her lots of world-wide attention. Since then, she’s been in English language films like The DaVinci Code as well as other internationally successful French films, such as Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel). The Chanel biopic led to a stint as a model for Chanel perfume. I think she did a great job in Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement), based on the wonderful book by Sébastien Japrisot. Her elfin looks remind me of another Audrey and her film Hors de Prix (or duh pree), or Priceless, is a lot like Hepburn’s classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Hors de Prix (with English subtitles)
- “Mood Indigo” trailer features “Amelie” star Audrey Tautou (panarmenian.net)
- A very French trailer for Michel Gondry’s new film Indigo Mood starring Audrey Tautou (mitng.org)
- Film Review: A Very Long Engagement (rosslangager.com)