French singer and actress Marie Laforêt dies aged 80

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French singer and actress Marie Laforêt, who opened up French pop music and la chanson française to inspiration from American and European folk music, and who was a prolific actress in French cinema, has died at the age of 80 in Switzerland where she had set up home.

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The singer and actress Marie Laforêt, nicknamed "the girl with golden eyes" after one of her best known films, has died aged 80, reports Radio France Internationale. She acted in 35 films and sold more than 35 million albums.