French New Wave Cinema Star Anna Karina Dies At 79

Danish-born actress Anna Karina who emerged a symbol of the French New Wave in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960s films, died on Saturday in Paris at her age of 79.

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She is Danish-French film actress, director, writer, and singer, who rose to fame working with Jean-Luc Godard, while Karina has also been seen in films by Visconti, Fassbinder and others. She had been pursued a singing career and wrote four novels.

Franck Riester, culture minister of France, took his Twitter to announce her death confirmation, although Karina’s agent, Laurent Balandras declared she was died because of cancer.

She made her film debut in her teens and began official film career along with Godard with “Le Petit Soldat” (“The Little Soldier”), revolves around the terrorism during the French-Algerian War. However, the movie was filmed in 1960, but was released in 1963 after undergoing of censorship.

Karina bagged the 1961 best actress award at the Berlin International Film Festival for Godard’s “Une Femme Est Une Femme” (“A Woman Is a Woman”) wherein she appeared as an unmarried stripper who wishes to get pregnant.

Between 1961 and 1966, her full length films were “Vivre Sa Vie” (“My Life to Live”), based on a young woman who drifts into prostitution, a crime comedy “Bande à Part” (“Band of Outsiders”), tells a story of a romantic triangle and a burglary, a crime-drama “Pierrot le Fou,” revolves around a bored husband on the run with his former mistress, an arms smuggler, a science-fiction tale “Alphaville,” with a storyline of a loveless dystopian future, and a crime comedy “Made in U.S.A.,” depicts Atlantic-Cité, a fictional French town.

During the same era, Karina tied the knot with Godard in 1961, while they were reinventing cinema, as some film historians liked to declare, but she did admit his extraordinary directorial style. Nonetheless, they both announced their divorce in 1965.

She then married Pierre Fabre in 1968 which ended at their divorce in 1974, her third marriage was with Daniel Duval in 1978, and divorced in 1981, Karina’s last wedding was with Dennis Berry in 1982 which ended in 1994.