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French Cinema Legend Anna Karina Has Died At 79

The Danish-born French cinema icon, Anna Karina, has died.

Karina's agent confirmed that she died in hospital in Paris from cancer at age 79, Deadline reports.

Born in Denmark in 1940, Karina moved to Paris as a teen and went on to become part of French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) cinema movement. She was a frequent collaborator with director Jean-Luc Godard, whom she was married to for four years (1961-1965).

Her first film with Godard, 'Le Petit Soldat' was banned in France for its themes of terrorism during the French-Algerian war but eventually released three years after it was filmed in 1963.

Karina went on to star in several more of Godard's films including 'Vivre Sa Vie', 'Bande à Part', 'Pierrot le Fou', 'Alphaville', and 'Made in U.S.A'.

Her dance scene in 'Bande à Part' with actors Sami Frey, and Claude Brasseur became one of the most iconic dance sequences in modern cinema, and inspired Quentin Tarantino in his direction of Uma Thurman and John Travolta's dance scene in 'Pulp Fiction'.

Karina's illustrious screen career continued right up until 2008 when she directed and starred in the French-Canadian road movie, 'Victoria'.

The French culture minister tweeted the news of her death and wrote, "Today, French cinema is an orphan".

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