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French actress Mireille Darc dead at 79

The star was known for an iconic scene in the 1972 comedy "Le Grand Blonde Avec Une Chaussure Noire."

By Annie Martin
French actress Mireille Darc dead at 79
Mireille Darc (L) attends Annie Giradot's funeral in Paris, France, on March 4, 2011. The actress died at age 79 this week. File Photo by Christophe Morin/EPA

Aug. 28 (UPI) -- French film star Mireille Darc died Sunday at age 79.

The actress' family confirmed Darc's death Monday after she "passed away during the night" Aug. 27, according to Deadline.

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WWD reported Darc died at home. Sources said the star had been in poor health since having a brain hemorrhage in 2016.

Darc, who was born in Toulon, France, in 1938, came to fame as an actress in the 1960s. She was known for the 1972 comedy Le Grand Blond Avec Une Chaussure Noire, which famously featured her in a backless dress.

Darc also appeared in such films as The Great Spy Chase and Les Bons Vivants, and was a frequent co-star of Georges Lautner and ex-partner Alain Delon. She split from Delon in the mid-80s after 15 years together, and married Pascal Desprez in 2002.

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