Audrey Tautou

BATD ON May 26, 2009 AT 3:10 pm

Audrey Tautou

Audrey Tautou

French actress and rising star, Audrey Tautou may very well be cinema’s next golden girl.  Many know her from 2001′s award-winning film Amelie,  but her newest role in the upcoming Coco Chanel biopic, Coco avant Chanel, is quickly generating buzz.     

Raised in the Montlucon area of France, Audrey enrolled in acting lessons at the highly prestigious Cours Florent at a young age.  In 1998, she participated in a televised acting competition where she was noticed by film director, Tonie Marshall.  Marshall went on to cast Audrey in 1999′s highly successful film, Venus Beauty Institute.  Her work on the Cesar Award winning film had people taking notice, many billing Audrey as France’s most promising new actress.  In 2001, she landed the role of the eccentric and imaginative Amelie Poulain in the romantic comedy, Amelie from Monmarte.  The film went on to be nominated for five Academy Awards,it picked up two BAFTAs, and won best film at the European Film Awards.  After this breakthrough role, Audrey went on to star in a string of French films including He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not (2002), A Very Long Engagement (2004), and The Russian Dolls (2005) and appeared in the award-winning independent British film, Dirty Pretty Things (2002).  In 2006, Audrey embarked on her first full-fledged Hollywood production with the Ron Howard directed thriller, The Da Vinci Code.  After acting opposite Tom Hanks in this big budget and highly successful film, one would think Audrey would be doing big budget blockbusters.  Yet, the very down to earth actress has openly talked about doing just the opposite.  “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.”  True to form, Audrey has since appeared in the French films Priceless (2006) and Hunting and Gathering (2007).  And while she’s been busy tending to her acting duties over the years, the French beauty has still managed to replace Nicole Kidman as the face for legendary perfume, Chanel No. 5.  Audrey has teamed up with Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet to create the next Chanel No. 5 advertisement (more like a mini-film!) Audrey as Coco

In the upcoming film Coco avant Chanel, Audrey tackles the role of legendary fashion designer, Coco ChanelThe biopic, which was filmed in Paris last year, is an engaging story filled with fashion, love, and fabulous parties and follows the early years of Coco’s careerChanel’s current creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, was behind the costumes for the much anticipated period piece.  First to be released in France, Coco avant Chanel will be coming our way soon. Keep your eyes peeled, ladies!

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