An Actress Who Charms America Like Signoret and Others Never Could

France's Marion Cotillard is unrivaled at playing unpretentious women who show resilience but also fragility as they cope with hardship.

Marion Cotillard made cinema history in 2008 by becoming the first French woman to win an Academy Award for best actress in a French-language film. Two other actresses of French origin, Claudette Colbert and Simone Signoret, preceded her as Oscar winners.