French actress Marie-France Pisier has been found dead in the swimming pool at her home in the south of France.
The 66-year-old's body was discovered in the early hours of Sunday by her husband, Thierry Funk Brentano.
Officials in Toulon, near the couple's villa in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, have launched an investigation to determine the cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.
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Pisier began a career as an actress in 1961 when she was cast by director François Truffaut in short film "Antoine and Colette."
The star scooped two best supporting actress honors at the prestigious Cesar awards -- the French equivalent of the Oscars -- for her work with Techine in "Cousin, Cousine" (1976) and "Barocco" (1977).
Pisier was due to appear at the Cannes Film Festival in May to honor top French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, her co-star in "L'as des as."
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has paid tribute to Pisier, hailing her as "a supreme elegance born from the most perfect simplicity".
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