“In France we have a law which doesn’t allow the press to publish a photo that you didn’t approve. It lets the paparazzi take the picture, but if they publish this picture, you have the choice to sue the newspaper. So me, I always sued them.”
Audrey Justine Tautou was born on this day in Beaumont, in the Auvergne region of France in 1976 (or maybe it was 1978, no one seems to really know, and Tautou isn’t telling.) She is 36 (or 34).
She was named after actress Audrey Hepburn, it seemed destined that the French waif would become an actress. She studied acting Cours Florent (a private drama school in Paris), and, upon graduation quickly found work on television.
She won the Canal+ “Young Debut” award in 1998. The following year she won a Ceasar for Best New Actress in her work in the film Venus Beauty Institute . She had three movies come out in 2000, Le Libertin, Voyous Voyelle, and Happenstance. She won the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti Award for her work that year.
Then came Amelie. Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, who also co-starred. Tauto plays the a young waitress who, despite a sad and lonely childhood, decides
to dedicate herself to bringing happiness to those who are less fortunate than she, whilst punishing those who deserve to be punished.[FilmsdeFrance.com]
It made her the best paid actress in France, and gave her international exposure.
In 2002 she made her first English Language film with director Stephen Frears, Dirty Pretty Things. And in 2006 she starred in the block buster Da Vinci Code directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks.
In 2009 she embraced the role of fashion icon Coco Chanel in Coco Before Chanel.
In 2012 she made her stage debut at the Theatre de la Madeleine in Paris in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.
Tautou says she is not interested in doing sequels. “ I certainly don’t want to be in Thingy Blah Blah 3, if you know what I mean.” She enjoyed working with Howard and Hanks on Da Vinci Code, but ““I never want to do the same things twice. I like surprises.”