'Most people don't know Chanel came from such humble beginnings,' says Fontaine, 'and that without any intellectual or artistic education, she managed to fashion herself and shape her own destiny.
It shows what a strong personality she had.' In Audrey Tautou, known for her role in Amelie, Fontaine found someone who captured Chanel's birdlike elegance.
This year has seen a tidal wave of Chanel mania sweep across Europe, from films such as Coco Chanel starring Shirley Mac Laine, and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, which closed the Cannes Festival in May, as well as a biography due out in the autumn.
And the most anticipated of them all - the film Coco Before Chanel starring Audrey Tautou in the title role - is released today.
She lied to be free.' Freedom was a big deal for Chanel.
For a young girl born in 1883 in a poorhouse (she paid her brothers to disappear lest the truth of her origins became known), it must have seemed a commodity that was unattainable.
She was dating Benoit Poelvoorde, who is a Belgian actor and comedian in the year 2001.
She was also known to be dating actor-director Lance Mazmanian in the year 2004, but the couple broke up in 2006.
Her interest in acting was ignited at a very young age, and she decided to pursue this career.'She said she invented her life because she didn't like it,' says director Anne Fontaine.'Parts of her life were too heavy to come to terms with.Born on August 9, 1976 to father Bernard Tautou and mother Justine Tautou in Beaumont, France, Audrey Justine Tautou spent most of her childhood days growing up in Montlucon situated in central France.She is the oldest child of her parents and has three siblings, two sisters, and a brother.He Loves Me Not as Angelique in 2002, Not on the Lips as Huguette Verberie in 2003, A Very Long Engagement as Mathilde in 2004, Priceless as Irene in 2006, Coco Before Chanel as Gabrielle Chanel in 2009, Delicacy as Nathalie Kerl in 2011, Mood Indigo as Chloe in 2013 and The Odyssey as Simone Melchior in 2016.