Anna Karina found success as a model as teenager, after running away from home in Denmark and hitchhiking to Paris.
Actress Anna Karina, once the muse of new wave director Jean-Luc Godard, has died aged 79.
The Danish-French star, who had been battling cancer, died in hospital in Paris, according to her agent.
French culture minister Franck Riester payed tribute on Twitter, writing: “She magnetised the whole world. Today, French cinema is orphaned. It has lost one of its legends.”
Karina starred in films including The Little Soldier, A Woman Is A Woman and Pierrot le Fou.
She got her big break after being spotted by director Jean-Luc Godard, who asked her to audition for his debut feature film, Breathless.