French Actress Mireille Darc Dies At 79 (Photos)

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French actress Mireille Darc has died at the age of 79.

Darc was known as an icon of French cinema in the 1960s and '70s, and worked with Alain Delon, Jean-Luc Godard and Georges Lautner, Deadline reports.

According to Darc's family, she passed away on the night of Aug. 27.

Darc, born in 1938, started her career as a model before entering the world of film, according to Variety. She began acting 1960 and made around 50 movies throughout her career.

Darc had roles in Lautner films like "Dandelion By The Roots," "The Great Spy Chase" and "La Grande Sauterelle." She also performed in Godard's "Weekend" and Jacques Pinoteau's "Hard Boiled Ones."

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She also famously acted in  "Le Grand Avec Une Chassure Noire," a comedy directed by Yves Roberts in 1972, in which she wore a plunging backless dress. The film was remade in 1985 for English-speaking audiences as "The Man With One Red Shoe" starring American actor Tom Hanks.

She worked with Alain Delon on films including "Borsalino" and "Les Bon Vivants." Darc was in a relationship with the actor for over 10 years. His son, Anthony Delon, said that Darc was "a spiritual human being, a woman who was remarkably courageous, kind, and optimistic."

Anthony posted a black image to Instagram with the caption "R.I.P. Mimi" as a tribute to the woman who he said had raised him from the age of 4.

France National Film Board President Frederique Bredin said Darc was "an icon" and a "sex symbol."

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Darc was a "fatal blonde beauty, a fake ingenue with a mischievous smile who was during her whole life a free woman, a daring fighter," Bredin added, saying Darc was "one of the greatest icons of French cinema," Le Figaro reports.

French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen also memorialized Darc, saying, "A great figure of French cinema leaves us. Mireille Darc was a talented actress, a woman of courage and commitment."

Actress Brigitte Bardot published a touching tribute to the late actress on Twitter, calling Darc her "little sister of cinema" who was "a beautiful soul and a delightful actress."

"She had this way of making things simple," recalled director Alexandre Arcady. "She was interested in a lot of things. And it was not a puerile way of looking at things, on the contrary, it was with depth."

"Inconsolable this morning," wrote actress Frederique Bel. "Goodbye, Mireille Darc... When talent, beauty, humor and sweetness were gathered in the same woman."

In September 2016, Darc had a series of strokes. Her husband, Pascal Deprez, said that she had been in a coma for three days before her death.

Sources: Deadline, Variety, Le Figaro / Featured Image: Stefan/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gaumont via Deadline, Georges Biard/Wikimedia Commons

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