A model-turned-actress who became an icon of French cinema in the 1960s and 1970s is dead at 79. Mireille Darc died today in Paris, according to media reports.
She reportedly suffered from poor health in recent years, including having open-heart surgery in 2013 and suffering a number of hemorrhages last year. She was in a coma for a period of time leading up to her death.
Darc worked with notable directors including Jean-Luc Godard, Georges Lautner and Edouard Molinaro. She was the longtime companion and co-star of French actor Alain Delon.
She starred in more than 50 films, including notable roles in Godard’s “Week End” and Lautner’s “The Great Spy Chase” and “La Grande Sauterelle.”