10 things you didn’t know about French sweetheart Audrey Tautou

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  • 10 things you didn’t know about French sweetheart Audrey Tautou
  • World Movies admin
  • August 13, 2013

Audrey Tautou won over hearts around the world with her lead role as the quirky and effervescent title chracter in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s whimsical hit ‚ÄòAmelie’. In recent years she’s risen from ingenue to award-winning starlet, and remains a favourite amongst directors and audiences alike.

Starting tonight at 8.30pm, World Movies is celebrating this French sweetheart’s career with WM: Audrey Tautou – featuring some of Tautou’s finest performances over three nights.

In the lead up to this exploration of Audrey Tautou we’ve discovered a fact or two you many not have known about this icon of the film and fashion world.


1. Audrey Tautou was born in the Puy-de-D√¥me département of Auvergne region in France on 9th August 1976 to a dental surgeon father and teacher mother.
2. She had her first role on the silver screen when she was 18.The following year she landed a role in the hit movie Venus Beauty Institute for which she won the Cesar Award for most promising actress.
3. She almost missed her auditon to Venus Beauty Institute, accidentally arriving an hour late to the audition. Luckily director Tonie Marshall allowed her to go ahead.
4. Audrey Tautou gained global recognition and acclaim for her role in Amelie in 2001, which is the most successful French movie to have been released in America.
5. She was not initially intended for the title role in Amelie, instead replacing Emily Watson after the actress dropped out from the project.
6. She takes pictures of each reporter who interviews her and keeps them in a scrapbook.
7. Tautou once said “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.”
8. She speaks fluent English and German
9. Tautou was the chosen host at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 for the opening and closing ceremonies
10. Her last name, Tautou, was used as the title of a Brand New’s first track on their 2003 album, Deja Entendu.

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