Oscar-nominated actress Emmanuelle Riva dead at 89
00:47, Jan 30, 2017
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French actress Emmanuelle Riva, star of 1959 classic "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and more recently the oldest best actress Oscar nominee in a late-career revival, died Friday from cancer.
In more recent years she had been relegated to playing mothers and grandmothers when Austrian director Michael Haneke approached her for "Amour" and rebooted her career.
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Along with her moving portrayal of one half of an elderly couple in "Amour" - which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film - Riva was also closely identified with her performance in the Alain Resnais-directed classic "Hiroshima Monday amour" (1959). 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.
She will appear on the big screen in Paris Pieds Nus (Paris Barefoot), released in March.
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Riva never married or had children, and lived for 54 years up the same 4th-floor, walk-up flat on a bustling street in Paris's Latin Quarter. 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. Her Oscar nomination for best actress made her the oldest person up for an award in that category. 'If I don't act in another film, who cares?
"The whole thing is like a fairytale", she toldThe Guardian back in 2013. Riva portrays Anne Laurent, a retired piano teacher who suffers a series of strokes that summarily rob her of herself.
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