French actress and 1950s cinematic icon Annie Girardot died in Paris on Monday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, her family said. She was 79. Annie Girardot began performing in 1955, making her film debut in Treize à table. She won the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti in 1956, and in 1977 won the César Award for Best Actress portraying the title character in Docteur Françoise Gailland. At the Venice Film Festival she won the Volpi Cup (Best Actress), in 1965 for Trois chambres a Manhattan. In 2002, she was awarded the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Piano Teacher. She collaborated with director Michael Haneke again, in the 2005 film Caché.
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