Emmanuelle Riva, Oscar-Nominated Star of 'Amour,' Dies at 89

Emmanuelle Riva

Riva plays a difficult scene in which her character briefly loses her bearings because of a stroke.

Riva died Friday afternoon in a Paris clinic after a long illness, according to her agent.

Emmanuelle Riva, a French star of screen and stage who was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in 2013, has died. She was 89.

Riva died Friday afternoon in a Paris clinic after a long illness, her agent, Anne Alvares Correa, told the Associated Press.

Riva was Oscar-nominated for her role in Amour,  Michael Haneke's brutal depiction of an aging couple.

With Riva starring alongside another French movie legend, Jean-Louis Trintignant, the film won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film. They played a loving, elderly Parisian couple, one of whom has a stroke.

Amour also won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Riva also won best actress at the British Academy Film Awards for her performance. But Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for best actress that year, as a young widower in Silver Linings Playbook.

In her 60-year career, Riva made an early splash in filmmaker Alain Resnais' acclaimed Hiroshima Mon Amour in 1959.

She worked into last year, shooting in Iceland for Alma, which is still being filmed and edited and will be the last movie to feature Riva, said Correa.

The actress also will appear on the big screen in Paris Pieds Nus (Paris Barefoot), which is set to be released in France in March.

Paying tribute, French President Francois Hollande said in a statement that Riva "deeply marked French cinema" and "created intense emotion in all the roles she played."