Award winning French actress Emmanuelle Riva died January 27 in Paris the result of a long illness at the age of 89.
President of France Francois Hollande spoke on Riva saying she, “deeply marked French cinema and created intense emotion in all the roles she played.”
She won a BAFTA and the French Cesar Award for her role in the French film “Amour”. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for her role, making her the oldest actor to be nominated for an Oscar at 85.
Riva made her screen debut in 1957 in the television series “Enigmes de l’histoire”. Her film debut in “The Possessors” was an uncredited role, with her first credited film role coming in 1959 in “La Confession”. Her other screen credits include “Hiroshima Mon Amour”, “Leon Morin, Priest”, “Thomas the Impostor”, “Risky Business”, “The Devil in the Heart”, “The Tribulations of Balthazar Kober”, “Venus Beauty”, “Amour”, and “Lost in Paris”.
She was scheduled to appear in “Les Vacances” which is currently in pre-production and “Alma” which is in post-production.
Before making her debut on the film screen, Riva performed on the stage. Her treatrical performances include “Medea”, “Mrs. Warren’s Profession”, “L’espoir”, “Le dialogue des Carmelites”, “Britannicus”, “il seduttore”, and “Arms and the Man”.
In an acting career that spanned some 60 years, Riva appeared in nearly 90 film and television productions, none of which were made in Hollywood or in English.
An only child, she was born Paulette Germaine Rive on February 24, 1927 in Chenimenil, France the daughter of a sign painter. As a small child young Paulette knew that she wanted to spend her life acting for a living.
Along with her acting, Riva is a published poet and photographer.
Riva never married or have any children.
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