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Michele Morgan, first Cannes best actress winner, dies at 96

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/21/2016
FILE - In this April 8, 1951 file photo, Jean Cocteau, left, and Jean Marais kiss Michele Morgan whilst holding their awards at Cannes Film Festival in France. Michele Morgan, a French actress who starred with Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra and whose sea blue eyes captivated French audiences for decades, has died at 96. (AP Photo/File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 8, 1951 file photo, Jean Cocteau, left, and Jean Marais kiss Michele Morgan whilst holding their awards at Cannes Film Festival in France. Michele Morgan, a French actress who starred with Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra and whose sea blue eyes captivated French audiences for decades, has died at 96. (AP Photo/File)

PARIS (AP) — Michele Morgan, a French actress who starred with Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra and was the first winner of Cannes' best actress award, has died at 96.

FILE - In this Monday, July 2, 2006 file photo, French actress Michele Morgan attends French director Gerard Oury's funeral at the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris, France. Michele Morgan, a French actress who starred with Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra and whose sea blue eyes captivated French audiences for decades, has died at 96. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Monday, July 2, 2006 file photo, French actress Michele Morgan attends French director Gerard Oury's funeral at the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris, France. Michele Morgan, a French actress who starred with Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra and whose sea blue eyes captivated French audiences for decades, has died at 96. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, file)

President Francois Hollande said in a statement announcing the death that Morgan, whose sea blue eyes captivated French audiences, was "a legend who marked numerous generations."

FILE - In this Jan. 1982 file photo, French actress Michele Morgan as she appeared in the famous Colette play "Cheri" at the Theatre des Varietes in Paris, France. Michele Morgan, a French actress who starred with Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra and whose sea blue eyes captivated French audiences for decades, has died at 96. (AP Photo/Alexis Duclos, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 1982 file photo, French actress Michele Morgan as she appeared in the famous Colette play "Cheri" at the Theatre des Varietes in Paris, France. Michele Morgan, a French actress who starred with Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra and whose sea blue eyes captivated French audiences for decades, has died at 96. (AP Photo/Alexis Duclos, File)

Her family said that she died Tuesday, without giving a cause of death, according to French media reports.

Living in Hollywood during World War II, she starred in movies including Carol Reed's "The Fallen Idol," and married American director William Marshall.

Born Feb. 29, 1920 as Simone Roussel, she took Michele Morgan as her stage name.

She was awarded Cannes' first best actress award for her portrayal of a blind woman in "Pastoral Symphony" in 1946.

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