Still, I was struck that French actress Marion Cotillard won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. The last time a French actress won the Best Actress Oscar was in 1959, when Simone Signoret won the award.
BTW Cotillard is also a "troofer."
What else links Simone Signoret and Piaf, the singer portrayed by Cotillard? It is the late singer/actor/lover Yves Montand, who was Signoret's husband and Piaf's lover. In addition, Yves Montand had an affair with this unidentified actress:
Yves Montand and unnamed actress