Lina Wertmüller scored the first-ever Best Director nomination for a woman at the Academy Awards with her 1975 film, Seven Beauties
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Lina Wertmüller, the first woman to receive the best director nomination at the Academy Awards, has died. She was 93.
On Thursday, Wertmüller died at her home in Rome, Italy, according to a news report from Italian media and a statement from the Culture Ministry.
“Italy mourns the passing of Lina Wertmuller, a director who, with her class and unmistakable style, left an everlasting mark on our and the world’s cinema,” Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said in a statement, per Reuters.
Wertmüller is now survived by their daughter, Maria Zulima Job, the Associated Press reported. She was preceded in death by her husband, Enrico Job, per The Hollywood Reporter.
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Over her illustrious career, Wertmüller helmed an array of films, including her directional debut, 1963’s The Basilisks, as well as 1972’s The Seduction of Mimi, 1973’s Love & Anarchy and 1974’s Swept Away, according to her IMDB page.
In 1975, her film Seven Beauties was released, which garnered her an Academy Award nomination and made her the first woman to ever receive an Oscar nomination for Best Director. (Wertmüller, however, lost to John G. Avildsen for Rocky.)
The last feature film that Wertmüller directed was 2004’s Too Much Romance… It’s Time for Stuffed Peppers.
In 2019, Wertmüller was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and also received an honorary Academy Award for her achievements in motion pictures, per Variety.
During her acceptance speech, Wertmüller called out the Academy Awards and their penchant for favoring men over women.
“She would like to change the name Oscar to Anna,” actress Isabella Rossellini said as she read aloud Wertmuller’s acceptance speech, which was translated by her from Italian to English, Reuters reported.