French actor Anouk Aimée passes away at 92

She was active until 2019 in films; her last screen appearance was in The Best Years of a Life
French actor Anouk Aimée passes away at 92

Known for portraying elegant roles, French actor Anouk Aimée has passed away; her daughter, Manuel Papatakis, confirmed it on her Instagram handle. The actor was 92.

Her notable on-screen performances include A Man and a Woman (1966), La Dolce Vita (1960), (1963), and Lola (1961).

Nicole Françoise Florence Dreyfus was born to the actor couple Henri Murray and Geneviève Sorya in 1907. Born to a Jewish father and Roman Catholic mother, Aimée was raised Catholic, but she later converted to Judaism as an adult. 

She studied at l'École de la rue Milton in Paris; l'École de Barbezieux; the Pensionnat de Bandol; and the Institution de Megève. She also learned dance at the Marseille Opera. Making her debut at the age of 14 in The House Under the Sea, she was cast as Anouk, and she retained that as her screen name in all of her subsequent films.

She was active until 2019 in films; her last screen appearance was in The Best Years of a Life. 

Her greatest success came with A Man and a Woman, as the 1966 film won global accolades, including the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966 and two Oscars, one for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

Aimee was married four times, and all the marriages ended in divorce. She is survived by her daughter, Manuela Papatakis.

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