Actress Bernadette Lafont, face of French New Wave, dies at 74
PARIS, France (AFP) - Veteran actress Bernadette Lafont, the face of France's New Wave cinema in the 1950s and the star of some 120 films, died Thursday in Paris aged 74.
Lafont, who made her debut in Francois Truffaut's 1957 Les Mistons, worked with other famed French directors including Claude Chabrol, Louis Malle, Nelly Kaplan and Jean Eustache during a career that spanned more than 50 years.
She won a Cesar, the French equivalent of the United States (US) Academy Award, for her role in Claude Miller's 1985 film L'Effrontee and received an Honourary Cesar in 2003.
A self-trained actress known for her direct and natural style, Lafont continued to work until recently, including with an appearance in Julie Delpy's 2011 film Le Skylab.