The Chocolat star wrote the tribute after hearing the British moviemaker had died at the age of 54 from a brain hemorrhage at London's Charing Cross Hospital on Tuesday, where he had undergone a routine operation on his neck.
The 44-year-old--who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1997 for her role in Minghella's The English Patient--insists the filmmaker helped kick off her Hollywood career, saying, "I was your angel and you opened my wings."
In the poetic tribute she writes, "I shall learn to live without you. With all we've done and undone with all the missing parts I'll have to carry on hoping you were the bedrock of fun, and your hand came with love and care.
"I will cherish my forgiveness until I see you and please forgive me for my painful silence magnetic eyes of yours with its sparkling needles we dared a gift to the unknown with joy with joy."
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