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French film legend Agnes Varda, the only woman director to emerge from the New Wave scene in the 1960s, has died aged 90, her family said Friday.Varda worked right up to the end of her life, with a new autobiographical documentary premiering last month at the Berlin Film Festival, where she was honored with the Berlinale Camera award for lifetime achievement.She made her name in 1962 with her first feature "Cleo de 5 a 7" (Cleo from 5 to 7), about a hypochondriac singer who gets increasingly worried that she has cancer while she is waiting for test results from her doctor.It was in her documentaries and films that mixed real-life events with fiction that Varda weaved her very particular brand of gritty poetry.Born in Belgium in 1928 to a French mother and Greek father whose family had fled Turkey, Varda changed her first name from Arlette to Agnes when she turned 18 and began her career as a photographer.Her work often crossed over between cinema and art and her own personal story, like her documentary "Uncle Yanco," 1967, about San Francisco hippie artist Jean Varda -- a relative of hers.
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