French New Wave Actress Anna Karina Lost Battle With Cancer

The France cinema is mourning the loss of the veteran actress who once became Jean-Luc Godard's muse as she passed away at the age of 79 following a courageous battle with cancer.

AceShowbiz - Danish-French actress Anna Karina has died aged 79.

The star died in a hospital in Paris, France after a battle with cancer, her agent told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency. He confirmed she passed away in the company of her fourth husband, American director Dennis Berry.

Following the tragic news, French culture minister Franck Riester tweeted in tribute to the actress, "Today, French cinema has been orphaned. It has lost one of its legends."

Karina rose to prominence as the muse of her ex-husband, director Jean-Luc Godard, in the 1960s, and won the Best Actress prize at the Berlin Film Festival for "A Woman Is a Woman" at the age of 21. She went on to appear in several of his movies, including "The Little Soldier", "Vivre sa vie", "Band of Outsiders", "Pierrot le Fou", and "Alphaville".

She and Godard were married for four years from 1961 to 1965. She later wed French actors Pierre Fabre from 1968 to 1974 and Daniel Duval from 1978 to 1981, and Berry from 1982 to 1994.

In addition to acting, Karina also worked behind the camera, directing "Vivre Ensemble", which she also wrote and starred in. She also had success as a singer, recording "Sous Le Soleil Exactement" with Serge Gainsbourg.

Her most recent project was the 2008 French-Canadian road movie, "Victoria".

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