Anouk Aimée: French film icon dies at 92

Anouk Aimée: French film icon dies at 92
Anouk Aimée: French film icon dies at 92

Mourning for Anouk Aimée: The French actress died at the age of 92 in her hometown of Paris.

Anouk Aimée is dead. The French actress died today, Tuesday (June 18, 2024) in her hometown of Paris. She was 92 years old. Aimée’s daughter Manuela Papatakis announced the death of her mother. “Together with my daughter Galaad and my granddaughter Mila, we must announce with deep sadness that my mother Anouk Aimée has passed away,” she wrote. “I was very close to her when she passed away this morning in her house in Paris,” added the grieving daughter. She shared an old black and white photo of her mother with the text.

This is how Nicole Françoise Florence Dreyfus became Anouk Aimée

Anouk Aimée was born on April 27, 1932 under the name Nicole Françoise Florence Dreyfus to an acting couple. She made her film debut at the age of 14 in “La Maison sous la mer”. In the love drama, she played a certain Anouk – she adopted the role name as her stage name.

The poet Jacques Prévert gave her her new surname when he wrote the screenplay for the “Romeo and Juliet” adaptation “Les amants de Vérone” specifically for her in 1949. Aimée means “beloved”.

In the 1950s, Anouk Aimée played in various European films, including German-language productions. Her big breakthrough was “La Dolce Vita” by Italian director legend Federico Fellini (1920-1993) in 1960. Fellini cast her again three years later in “Eight and a Half”.

Oscar nomination for non-English language film

Her most famous role was certainly in “A Man and a Woman” (1966) by Claude Lelouch (86). Alongside Jean-Louis Trintignant (1930-2022), she played a widow who falls in love with a man who is also widowed. Anouk Aimée was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance – an absolute rarity for a non-English language film.

In 1985, the sequel “A Man and a Woman: Twenty Years Later” was made. In 2019, Claude Lelouch brought Aimée and Trintignant together again for a third part. “Les plus belles années d’une vie” remained the actress’ last film.

Anouk Aimée was married four times, including to British actor Albert Finney (1936-2019). Her second marriage to director Nico Papatakis produced her only daughter.

Source: Stern

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