Marie Gillain splits time showcasing her talent and her beauty. When she isn't acting, she is a model for the Lancôme cosmetics brand; when she is acting, she's receiving a fair amount of critical acclaim. Gillain has been nominated several times for the César (the French equivalent of the Academy Award), for both Best Actress and Most Promising Actress. The Best Actress nod was for her portrayal of Aurore in 1995's "Le Bossu", a tale of betrayal and revenge set in the early 1700s. In 1996 she was awarded the Prix Romy Schneider, a distinguished honor given yearly by the French film industry to a young actress. The highest profile title on her resume is 2009's biopic "Coco Before Chanel". Gillain plays the role of Adrienne Chanel, sister of the title character Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, played by Audrey Tautou. Though she has worked primarily in French productions, she has made it known that she would like to work with American directors Woody Allen and Rob Reiner, among others.