Anouk Aimée Dies: Iconic Star Of Cinema Classics ‘La Dolce Vita’ & ‘ 8 1/2’ Was 92

Anouk Aimée Dies: Iconic Star Of Cinema Classics ‘La Dolce Vita’ & ‘ 8 1/2’ Was 92

Anouk Aimée, the French movie star of classic titles like Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2 and Jacques Demy’s Lola has died. She was 92.

Aimée’s daughter, Manuela Papatakis, shared the news with a post on social media Tuesday morning. Aimée’s cause of death has yet to be announced.

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“With my daughter, Galaad, and my granddaughter, Mila, we have great sadness to announce the departure of my mother Anouk Aimée,” the statement read. “I was right by her side when she passed away this morning at her home in Paris.”

Aimée clocked almost 100 credits during her decades-long career. She is perhaps best known for her role in Fellini’s seminal thriller La Dolce Vita. She later re-teamed with Fellini for his enigmatic epic 8 1/2. She went on to work with some of world cinema’s leading new-wave filmmakers including Jacques Demy, Bernardo Bertolucci and Robert Altman. Some of her other credits include The Appointment (1969), Viva la vie (1983), Prêt-à-Porter (1994), La Petite prairie aux bouleaux (2003) and Tous les soleils (2011).

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However, she received her most critical acclaim for her leading role in Claude Lelouch’s 1967 drama A Man and a Woman (Un homme et une femme). She won the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress for the pic and was nominated for an Oscar. In 2002, she received an honorary César Award. The next year she received an Honorary Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

Aimée was born Nicole Françoise Florence Dreyfus in Paris on April 27, 1932. Both her parents, Geneviève Sorya and Henry Dreyfus, were actors. She made her film debut at age 14 in Henri Calef’s The House Under the Sea. Her last feature credit was Lelouch’s The Best Years of a Life.


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