French actress Emmanuelle Riva launched her career on the Paris stage. Before that, she had worked as a seamstress. Riva made an auspicious film debut in Alain Resnais' Hiroshima mon Amour (1959). She subsequently staffed numerous French and Italian films, including Thérèse Desqueyroux (1962) and Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Blue (1993). In 2012, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in Amour, making her the oldest woman ever nominated for Best Actress. Riva died in 2017, at age 89.
Biography by Sandra Brennan
- Worked as a seamstress before becoming an actress.
- Took photographs of Hiroshima while filming Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) that were eventually published and released in both Japan and France.
- Published several books of poetry, beginning with Les Feu des miroirs in 1975.
- With her nomination for Amour (2012), she became the oldest woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, surpassing Jessica Tandy (who won for Driving Miss Daisy at age 80).