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Oscar-winning French director dies

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  • Oscar-winning director Claude Berri has died in a Paris hospital
  • Berri, 74, is best known for "Jean de Florette" and "Manon of the Spring"
  • He won an Academy Award for "Le Poulet" -- a short film -- in 1965
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PARIS, France (CNN) -- Oscar-winning director Claude Berri died Monday in a Paris hospital, according to a statement from French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office.

Oscar-winning director Claude Berri has died in a Paris hospital at the age of 74.

Oscar-winning director Claude Berri has died in a Paris hospital at the age of 74.

French film magazine Paris Match quoted a hospital statement saying Berri died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Berri, 74, may be best known for "Jean de Florette" and "Manon" of the Spring -- two movies about a star-crossed French family.

President Sarkozy called Berri "the most legendary figure in French cinema" and "one of the most gifted directors and producers of his generation."

"All those who knew or approached him are in mourning," Sarkozy said.

His Academy Award came early in his career -- 1965 -- for "Le Poulet," a short film.

He also produced "Tess," which won an Oscar for director Roman Polanski in 1979.

He produced or directed at least 33 movies, starting in 1962.

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