Oscar-nominated Emmanuelle Riva dies in Paris, age 89

Emmanuelle Riva has sadly passed away at the age of 89.

With Riva starring alongside another French movie legend, Jean-Louis Trintignant, the film won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film. Her devastatingly persuasive performance as an octogenarian stroke victim was the acting achievement of the year, bar none: hot-to-trot Jennifer Lawrence was lucky to beat her for Silver Linings Playbook.

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Her career was effectively bookended by her first and last Cannes appearances for her lead roles in Hiroshima Monday amour in 1959, and Amour in 2012.

Riva also appeared in 1959's Kapo, 1993's Three Colours: Blue as the mother of Juliette Binoche's character and in 1999's Venus Beauty Institute alongside Micheline Presle.

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Famed in France for her reserve, Riva never married or had children, and chose to keep her illness private.

Riva described Amour as a gift, and couldn't quite believe she'd been given it.

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However it was her role in 2012's Amour which, at the age of 85, finally found her worldwide recognition. 'If I don't act in another film, who cares? It's pure Haneke - life sucks and we often make it suckier - and Anne's demise, which begins in a flash during a magnificently subtle table scene, is shown to be at once real and inevitable. But perhaps "career" isn't the right word for an actor who hated the term and refused the kind of commercial movies that may have brought her greater fame both at home and overseas. We send our condolences to all of her loved ones during this hard time.

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