It’s much more challenging to write a post about someone you feel you know (of sorts) than someone you know very little about.  This is very much the case for this post on the incredible French film actress, Marion Cotillard.  I have seen most of her (exceptional) performances and glamorous fashion cover shoots (she has been on the cover of Vogue thrice, and most recently is on the December cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK). So after attending a much anticipated and very intimate interview with Ms. Cotillard, hosted by The New York Times’s Times Talks on Tuesday 11/27/2012 evening entitled A Conversation with Marion Cotillard, I am having a considerably hard time coming up with words to give this artist her due.

It may be most suitable to let some images do the talking. Or, writing, if you will.


For Tuesday’s 5:30pm interview, Ms. Marion came from a private Rust and Bone luncheon at Brasserie Ruhlmannon on West 50th Street in New York), dressed stunningly in an Azzedine Alaïa Black And White Knit Dress and Christian Louboutin Black Pumps.



Seated with interviewer Melena Ryzik on the very dramatic Times Center stage she held our utmost attention.


 The event program:


 Alas, rather than sharing excerpts from Tuesday’s interview, I thought I would provide a little background on the actress, share some the striking fashion portraits of her that I love, and invite you to view the conversation at the end of the post when you have a few bits of time. In Vogue the Oscar-winning actress is quoted as saying, “As a teenager, I didn’t want to be me; I wanted to be many different people,” and I’m sure you will find it as fascinating as my husband and I did to hear her speak about herself in her own words – out “of character” – and to see her with your own eyes before you.

She is incredibly, captivatingly, authentic.

Born in 1975 Paris to Jean-Claude Cotillard, a mime, and Monique Theillaud, an actress, and raised with younger twin brothers, Quentin and Guillaume, first in a suburb of Paris, then in Orléans, Marion Cotillard defies the typical Hollywood actress archetype. Although her all-around gorgeousness and exquisite style could suggest otherwise, Cotillard clearly has an unbridled commitment to her art and a belief in challenging herself to the fullest with each new role.

Ms. Cotillard has earned critical acclaim for her roles in films such as La Vie en RoseMy Sex Life… or How I Got Into an ArgumentTaxiFuria and Jeux d’enfants. She has also appeared in such films as Big FishA Good YearPublic EnemiesNineInceptionMidnight in Paris,Contagion and The Dark Knight Rises. In 2007, in perhaps her most well known role, Ms. Marion starred as the French singer Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. For her portrayal she received international critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, the César Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She also made film history by becoming the first person to win an Academy Award for a French language performance. In 2010, she went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the musical Nine.

Named one of  Harper’s Bazaar UK’s women of the year, in the magazine’s December issue  is clad in haute couture from Alexis Mabille, Giambattisa Valli, Giorgio Armani Prive, and Marchesa, photographed by  and styled by .


I love behind-the-scenes videos and watched this one several times to capture the screenshots for this post’s first image. The song in the background in great too.


Another great shot of Marion, photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue in a Nina Ricci fuchsia silk-and-slate flannel ruched dress and rosette-bouquet silk-chiffon cummerbund. Vera Wang sunglasses.


I don’t know the source of this photograph, but it’s a great one. I cannot wait to see what roles Ms. Cotillard has yet to play.
To see A Conversation with Marion Cotillard,  interviewed by Melena Ryzik, in it’s entirety:



Images / screenshots / scanned TimesTalks Program / Celebrity Gossip / Sarah Sarna on tumblrFashnberryIt’s All Make Believe, Isn’t It? /


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