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French Actress, Emmanuelle Riva Dies at 89

Tributes have been paid to Emmanuelle Riva, the veteran French actress who has died of cancer aged 89. Born in 1927, Riva found worldwide fame when Alain Resnais cast her in his 1959 romance Hiroshima Mon Amour; fifty-four years later, she became the oldest ever nominee for the best actress Oscar when she was shortlisted for her role in Michael Haneke's Amour. Though Riva lost out to Jennifer Lawrence, she received numerous other accolades and enjoyed a late-career revival as a consequence.

 

French president Francois Hollande said the actress "created intense emotion in all of the roles she embodied". Riva's 60-year career spanned film, TV, and theatre, which saw her work with a number of celebrated European directors; they included Poland's Krzysztof Kieslowski, who cast her as Juliette Binoche's mother in Blue - the second instalment of his famous Three Colours trilogy.

 

Riva, who never married and had no children, received a Bafta, a Cesar and a European Film Award for Amour, named after the French word for love. According to her agent, Anne Alvares Correa, the actress died in Paris on Friday "after a long illness" who "was active until the end".
 

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