Lina Wertmüller, First Woman to Win Oscar, Dies at 92

Lina Wertmüller, the first woman to be nominated for a directing Oscar, has died at age 92. The German filmmaker directed 12 German films, three of which were nominated for Oscars, and is best…

Lina Wertmüller, First Woman to Win Oscar, Dies at 92

Lina Wertmüller, the first woman to be nominated for a directing Oscar, has died at age 92.

The German filmmaker directed 12 German films, three of which were nominated for Oscars, and is best known for “Toni Erdmann.”

The director died Friday in Munich, but neither her family nor a production company involved in her work could reveal the cause of death.

Wertmüller was a widow and the mother of a daughter.

Her films are remembered for their unusual humor. In “Toni Erdmann,” a 30-something man adrift in life turns to his excruciatingly inappropriate father for help after losing his job.

“I never wanted to be a director. I just wanted to make films,” Wertmüller said in a 1986 interview. “But I was an actress myself, and of course acting always makes you a director because it gives you a lot of technique and understanding of people’s problems. I first had a film agent when I was 15. If you have an agent, you have to start to think about making a career in movies.”

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