Anouk Aimée, French star of ‘A Man and a Lady’ and ‘La Dolce Vita,’ dies at 92


Anouk Aimée, the French movie icon identified for “A Man and a Lady,” “La Dolce Vita” and “Lola,” has died. She was 92.

The actor’s daughter, Manuela Papatakis, confirmed the information on Instagram, writing that she was at her mom’s bedside in Paris when Aimée died Tuesday morning. No explanation for dying was given.

Aimée was born Nicole Françoise Florence Dreyfus in Paris April 27, 1932, to actors Geneviève Sorya and Henry Murray. She made her movie debut at age 14 in “The Home Beneath the Sea” (La maison sous la mer) as a personality named Anouk, which she adopted for herself afterward. She added the final title “Aimée,” which suggests “beloved,” within the late Forties to cement her identification together with her on-screen roles.

Famend as an emblem of “cool, refined magnificence,” the actor appeared in practically 90 movies throughout seven a long time. Her most notable roles embody current widow Anne, who falls for a widower at her daughter’s college earlier than deciding that her heartbreak is simply too recent to proceed the romance, in “A Man and a Lady,” for which she was Oscar-nominated within the lead actress class — an unimaginable feat for a non-American star in 1967. She additionally gained the Golden Globe that 12 months in the identical class.

Her different most notable movies embody “La Dolce Vita” (1960) and “8½” (1963), which had been directed by Federico Fellini, along with “Lola” (1961), “Justine” (1969), “Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man“(1981) and “Able to Put on” (1994).

The worldwide success of “A Man and a Lady” utterly mystified Aimee on the time.

“After we went to the Golden Globes, I keep in mind I noticed Fred Astaire,” Aimee advised The Occasions in 2002. “John Wayne came to visit to speak to me. Groucho Marx. These are individuals I admired after I was a child and right here they’re applauding me. I don’t perceive. It’s unsuitable.”

Even so, she expressed profound gratitude for her adoring reception within the States.

“It was unbelievable. It was an unimaginable journey,” she mentioned. “I need to say I owe rather a lot to American movies as a result of I’ve at all times been acquired very effectively right here. Folks behave very effectively with me in America — that’s true. I’m one of many Europeans who find it irresistible [in America].

Aimée was married 4 instances — first to Edouard Zimmermann from 1949 to 1950, then to movie author and director Nikos Papatakis — with whom she had daughter Manuela — from 1951to 1954 Her third husband was Pierre Barouh, who performed her deceased husband in “A Man and a Lady,” from 1966 to 1969. Her closing marriage was to British actor Albert Finney from 1970 to 1978. Finney died in 2019, Papatakis in 2010, and Barouh in 2016.

Aimée is survived by her daughter, who additionally had a short appearing profession, granddaughter Galaad and great-granddaughter Mila.


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