Wednesday 11 December 2019

Oscar-nominated French actress Emmanuelle Riva dies aged 89

Actress Emmanuelle Riva has died in Paris (AP/Francois Mori)
Actress Emmanuelle Riva has died in Paris (AP/Francois Mori)

Emmanuelle Riva, a French star of screen and stage who was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in 2013, has died.

The 89-year-old died on Friday afternoon in a Paris clinic after a long illness, her agent Anne Alvares Correa said.

Ms Riva was Oscar-nominated for her role in Amour, Michael Haneke's brutal depiction of an aging couple.

She starred alongside another French movie legend, Jean-Louis Trintignant, and the film won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film.

They played a loving, elderly Parisian couple, one of whom has a stroke.

Amour also won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Ms Riva won best actress at the British Academy Film Awards for her performance.

But Jennifer Lawrence won the Academy Award for best actress that year, for her performance as a young widow in Silver Linings Playbook.

In her 60-year career, Ms Riva made an early splash in Alain Resnais' acclaimed Hiroshima Mon Amour in 1959.

She worked into last year, shooting in Iceland for Alma. It is still being filmed and edited and will be the last movie to feature Ms Riva, said Ms Correa.

She also will appear on the big screen in Paris Pieds Nus (Paris Barefoot), being released in France in March.

Paying tribute, French president Francois Hollande said Ms Riva "deeply marked French cinema" and "created intense emotion in all the roles she played".


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