Paris (AFP)

Franco-American director Tonie Marshall, the only woman to have won the César award for best achievement for "Venus Beauty (Institute)" in 2000, died Thursday at the age of 68, her agent Elisabeth Tanner announced Thursday at 'AFP.

Tonie Marshall died "this morning from a long illness," said Elisabeth Tanner.

Daughter of French actress Micheline Presle and American actor, director and producer William Marshall, Tonie Marshall began filming as an actress in 1972 in "The Most Important Event Since Man Marched on the Moon" by Jacques Demy.

She had gone to directing in 1990 with "Pentimento", before a dozen feature films, including "Vénus beauté (institut)" with Nathalie Baye and Audrey Tautou, her most famous film, which won her several César awards including that of best director and the best film.

Then come "Closer to paradise" with Catherine Deneuve and William Hurt, "France Boutique" with Karin Viard and François Cluzet or "Number one" with Emmanuelle Devos in 2017, her latest film, on the battle of an engineer to take the head of a CAC 40 company.

© 2020 AFP