Bollywood superstar Justine Batista died on Sunday in her native Italy, the company that owns the world’s biggest cinema chain said.
Her death was confirmed by her son, Mario, who tweeted a video from the family home of the actress.
She was 85.
Justine’s husband, Robert Batista, told The Associated Press she was “a wonderful person, a wonderful person who was very close to everybody”.
The family said she had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and her death was a “tragic loss”.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Justine’s passing.
Her husband and I send our deepest condolences to her friends and family,” Mario Batista said in a statement.”
We ask that all of her loved ones remain in their comfort and peace.
We thank you for your continued support.”
Justine was one of the biggest stars of her generation.
She became an overnight star after winning an Oscar for her performance in the film ‘Camelot’, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Her first big film role was as an agent for a leading Italian fashion brand in the 1973 film ‘The Countess’, with the role lasting eight years.
She had a long career, including roles in films like ‘The Good Shepherd’, ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Cats’, ‘Hoosiers’, ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘The Godfather’.
In 1974, she became the first actress to win the role of Joan of Arc in a French-language adaptation of ‘Les Miserables’, and in the 1970s she won a Golden Globe for her role as Joan of Aragon in the French film ‘La Femme Fatale’.
But Justine also found her stride as an actress.
She starred in the TV series ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and in ‘The Big Bang Theory’, where she played a professor of psychology.
She later starred in such films as ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There’, ‘Foolish Heart’, ‘A Few Good Men’, ‘Bruno Langdon’, ‘I Dream of Jeannie’, ‘Suffragette’ and the Oscar-winning film ‘Black Beauty’.
Her biggest hits included ‘The Great Dictator’, ‘All Is Lost’, ‘Gone With the Wind’, ‘Jungle Fever’, ‘Dr. Strangelove’, ‘Black Friday’, ‘Sharknado’, ‘Rocky IV’, ‘Back to the Future’, ‘Lone Survivor’, ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Zorro’ and more.
Her last major film role, in 1993’s ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, was a supporting role in the romantic drama ‘The Love Guru’ with her daughter, Janey.