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'Faces Places' Director Agnes Varda Dies at 90 after a Short Battle with Cancer

Edduin Carvajal
Mar 29, 2019
11:55 A.M.
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Agnes Varda, the French film director that focused on documentary realism, feminist topics, and social commentary, has died at the age of 90.

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The lady died at her home in Paris, France, surrounded by her beloved ones after battling cancer for a short time.

Even though Varda’s professional life was very prominent, so much so that she is known as the influential matriarch of the French New Wave, her career began as a photographer.

Agnes Varda at the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival on December 1, 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco | Source: Getty Images

Agnes Varda at the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival on December 1, 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco | Source: Getty Images

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She once revealed that she used to photograph everything from marriages, banquets, families, and children around her. After a while, Varda was hired as the official photographer of the People's National Theater in France.

Emma Stone and Agnes Varda on March 2, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Emma Stone and Agnes Varda on March 2, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

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It wasn’t until 1955 that she made her directorial debut with “La Pointe Courte.” Then, she worked in other famous projects, including “Cléo from 5 to 7,” “Vagabond,” and “Jacquot de Nantes.”

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In November 2017, the director’s impressive career was acknowledged as she received an Academy Honorary Award for her contributions to cinema, which made her the first female director to earn such recognition.

Varda is survived by Mathieu, her son with the late French director Jacques Demy, and Rosalie, a daughter from a previous relationship she had with stage director Antoine Bourseiller.

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