Ion Caramitru, director of the National Theater, says Cocea died Tuesday in the Floreasca hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Cocea studied theater in Paris and had her debut on the French stage in 1934, before returning to Romania a year later. Besides the theater, she starred in a dozen films and represented Romania at the United Nations cultural agency, UNESCO.
But it was her beauty, talent and aura of dignity that prompted one Romanian theater expert to dub her "the queen of Romanian theater."
Cocea was the daughter of Romanian writer N.D. Cocea and actress Alicia Cocea.
Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.