'Amour' actress Emmanuelle Riva dies at 89

Jenna Warner
January 30, 2017

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

With Riva starring alongside another French movie legend, Jean-Louis Trintignant, the film won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film.

Her most well-known performance aside from Amour is in Hiroshima Monday amor, a 1959 French film nominated for Best Screenplay at the Academy Awards that year, and considered a classic film of the French New Wave movement.

Despite her cancer, Riva performed at the Villa Medici in Rome last autumn and completed filming on two films, one due out this March and another yet to be released.

France's President Hollande said of Riva in a statement that she "deeply marked" French cinema.

The role endeared her to French cinema fans and propelled her into iconic status in her homeland.

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

Along with her beauty, Riva brought an incredibly distinct voice with her which carried her throughout her career. She was notorious for declining roles, preferring to take on challenging characters who differed from anyone she had played before, rather than sticking to more commercial offerings. "I wasn't acting. I wasn't playing the part, that's the best way I can say it-I wasn't playing, I was being".

However it was her role in 2012's Amour which, at the age of 85, finally found her global recognition. Ironically, her strict Italian father would later on greatly discourage Riva from pursuing acting as a career. "Everybody knows there are very few roles for older actresses".

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