Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva dead at 89

Emmanuelle Riva has died at the age of 89 after a long battle with cancer.
Emmanuelle Riva has died at the age of 89 after a long battle with cancer.

EMMANUELLE Riva has died.

The 89-year-old actress - who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013 for her role in the movie 'Amour' - passed away in Paris, France on Friday (27.01.17) after a long battle with cancer.

The actress won a BAFTA and a César award for 'Amour', which portrayed the love story of an older couple, and France's Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma paid tribute to the star following her death.

The Académie said in a statement: "We will all always have the image in our hearts of the immense joy to see her ascend the stage at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 2013 and receive the Best Actress César... A great and sublime actress has left us."

Speaking after she won the César, Emmanuelle said: "I worked on this film with great passion and I am very lucky at this hour or my life to come across such a 'wonder' of a subject that is so close to all of us. This is the first time I have received a César and I thank everyone."

After her death, French President Francois Hollande praised the actress' contribution to French culture, saying that she "deeply marked French cinema and created intense emotion in all the roles she played."

Last year she shot the movie 'Alma', which is still in post-production, in Iceland and it will be the final film to feature the actress.

Emmanuelle never married and had no children. 

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