A revered film actress who became the oldest person, male or female, to be nominated for an Academy Award for a lead role when she received a nomination in 2013 for “Amour” has died. The New York Times reports that French actress Emmanuelle Riva died Friday in Paris of cancer. She was 89.
Before her acclaimed performance in “Amour,” Riva may have been best known for a performance much earlier in her career, in “Hiroshima mon amour,” released in 1959.
She also received attention for “Therese Desqueyroux” in 1962, including winning Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival. Over the course of her long career, Riva appeared in about 60 films, primarily French productions, and made many appearances on French television. She also performed regularly on the stage in Paris.
Riva was 85 years and 321 days old when she received the Academy Award nomination for “Amour” and became the oldest nominee in history. In the same year, Quvenzhane Wallis was nominated for “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” becoming the youngest nominee for Best Actress at age 9 years, 135 days. The award that year went to Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Riva reportedly never married, had no children, and lived a private life. She lived for more than 50 years in a fourth-floor walk-up apartment in the Latin Quarter of Paris.