Actress Marpessa Dawn, the star of 1960's Best Foreign Film Oscar ORFEU NEGRO (Black Orpheus), has died at her home near Paris, France.
The American-born actress, who played Eurydice in the classic Brazilian movie, suffered a heart attack.
Ironically, Breno Mello, her co-star in the Marcel Camus film, which also claimed the Palme d'Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival in France, died in July (08).
Dawn, born Gypsy Marpessa Dawn Menor, worked as an actress in England before landing her role in Orfeu Negro. Her film career flopped after the Camus movie and she moved to France, where she became a nightclub singer and a governess.