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Back story: Cotillard began acting onstage in France as a child and scored her first major film success with the 1998 Luc Besson production "Taxi." Her credits include "A Very Long Engagement" and "Big Fish."
Actress ("La Vie en Rose")
Noteworthy: Cotillard's depiction of French singer Edith Piaf required her to undergo a physical transformation and to study the mannerisms of the woman known as "the little sparrow."