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Audrey Tautou's Biography

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Audrey Tautou was born on August 9, 1978 in Beaumont, south of Paris, and grew up in Monluçon, north of Paris.

Her mother was a teacher and her father was a dentist.

Audrey Tautou did well in her baccalauréat. She then went on a short acting course at Cours Florent in 1995. She then gained a place on its full-time programme, which she studied alongside a literature degree at the Sorbonne before winning an acting competition run by Canal Plus in 1998.

In 1999, Audrey Tautou was cast by Tonie Marshall as Marie in Vénus Beauté (institut). She won a César for most promising actress.

In 2001, Audrey Tautou starred in the title role Amélie in the popular and critically acclaimed Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, after Emily Watson withdrew from taking the role.

Amélie was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet who would later direct Audrey Tautou in his other film A Very Long Engagement, and a commercial for Chanel No 5.

Audrey Tautou's other films have included Stephen Frears's Dirty Pretty Things, and Cedric Klapisch's Pot Luck and Russian Dolls, before she was cast in the Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, in which she played Sophie Neveu, the female lead.

Tautou then starred in Pierre Salvadori's Priceless, alongside Gad Elmaleh.

In 2009, Tautou was cast as Coco Chanel, in a biopic, entitled Coco before Chanel, about the younger days of the fashion designer; as well as being contracted to be the face of Chanel No 5 perfume.

According to Justine Picardie in The Times: "Tautou has never confirmed the speculation that she is involved with Lance Mazmanian, a writer."

Audrey Tautou is 5ft 3in tall.

At the end of a press interview, Audrey Tautou takes a photograph of the journalist.

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