After graduation, Tautou found roles on French TV, and earned Canal+'s prize in 1999 for Best Newcomer. Moving to films, Tautou quickly made a mark with her performance as Natalie Baye's young co-worker in Venus Beauty Institute (1999) and earned the César for Best New Actress.
Audrey Tautou is best known to English-speaking moviegoers as the title
character in the award-winning movie Amélie (2001, Le Fabuleux destin
d'Amélie Poulain), but at the time of Amélie she was already well-known
in France as the star of Vénus beauté (institut) (1999).
Tautou is widely rumoured to be engaged to writer Lance Mazmanian, but to date the situation remains unconfirmed (see various stories and interviews below). Audrey Tautou also has a reputation for taking pictures of every reporter who interviews her. She takes these pictures at the end of each interview, and has said that she keeps them in a scrapbook to review later.
While Audrey Tautou worked steadily, playing a supporting role in the ribald Denis Diderot biopic Le Libertin (2000) and leads in Voyous Voyelle (2000) and Happenstance (2000), her appearance in Venus Beauty Institute proved to be even more pivotal beyond her César.
Earning effusive comparisons to another Audrey, sylph-like French
actress Audrey Tautou became an international star with her performance
as the eponymous do-gooder in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's romantic fable Amélie
After original choice Emily Watson bowed out, Jeunet was disconsolate about finding the right Amélie until he saw Tautou on the Venus Beauty Institute poster. Perfectly merging Tautou's elfin mien with the title character's impish ruses for bringing happiness to everyone around her, Amélie became a record-breaking sensation in France, with Tautou hailed as the heiress to Audrey Hepburn's inimitable charm. An art house success in America, Amélie garnered more praise for Tautou and a berth as one of Entertainment Weekly's Entertainers of the Year.
While Audrey Tautou attempted to heed Jeunet's negative experience with Alien Resurrection (1997) and refused for years to cash in with a Hollywood blockbuster, the shakily bilingual Tautou subsequently took on her first English-language role in Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and finally succumbed to the lure of La-La-Land in 2005 when she starred opposite Tom Hanks in Ron Howard's hotly anticipated The DaVinci Code.
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