July 31, 2010 at 02:28 PM EDT

Italian screenwriter Suso Cecchi D’Amico passed away at 96, reports The New York Times. She had a hand in classics like  Bicycle Thieves and Big Deal on Madonna Street.

Her death was first reported by the ANSA news agency earlier today and confirmed by her family. Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano called her a ”great protagonist of one of the best seasons of Italian cinema.”

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