French New Wave icon Anna Ka­rina dies at 79

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Paris, France - Dan­ish-French ac­tress Anna Ka­rina, muse of New Wave direc­tor Jean-Luc Go­dard, has died of cancer at the age of 79, her agent said on Sun­day.

Ka­rina, who epit­o­mised Six­ties chic with her elfin fea­tures and big kohl-rimmed blue eyes, starred in seven films made by her ex-hus­band Go­dard, in­clud­ing Pier­rot Le Fou.

“Anna died yes­ter­day in a Paris hos­pi­tal of the ef­fects of cancer,” her agent Lau­rent Ba­lan­dras said, adding that she passed away in the com­pany of her fourth hus­band, Amer­i­can direc­tor Den­nis Berry.

‘Today, French cin­ema has been or­phaned. It has lost one of its le­gends’, Cul­ture Min­is­ter Franck Ri­ester tweeted.

Ka­rina was still a teenager when she hitch­hiked to Paris from her na­tive Den­mark to try to be­come an ac­tress.

She de­vel­oped a suc­cess­ful mod­el­ling ca­reer be­fore be­ing spot­ted by Go­dard while walk­ing along the Champs-El­y­sees.

Go­dard of­fered her a nude scene in Breath­less, his first and most fa­mous film, but she re­fused.

They were al­ready a cou­ple when, at barely 21, she won best ac­tress at the Ber­lin film fes­ti­val for his A Woman is a Woman in 1961.

“We loved each other a lot,” Ka­rina said in an in­ter­view in Paris in March 2018. “But it was com­pli­cated to live with him,” she added.

“He was some­one who could say to you, ‘I am go­ing to get some cig­a­rettes’ and come back three weeks later.”

(AFP)

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