Maria Schell

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Maria Schell
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Maria Schell in Le notti bianche (1957)
Maria Margarethe Anna Schell

(1926-01-15)15 January 1926
Died26 April 2005(2005-04-26) (aged 79)
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1942–1996
Spouse(s)Horst Hächler (1957–1965; divorced; 1 child)
Veit Relin (1966–1988; divorced; 1 child)
RelativesMaximilian Schell (brother, dead)

Maria Margarethe Anna Schell (15 January 1926 – 26 April 2005) was an Austrian-Swiss actress. She won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival in 1956 for role in Gervaise.

Early life[change | change source]

Schell was born in Vienna, Austria. Her mother was Margarethe, an actress who ran an acting school. Her father was Hermann Ferdinand Schell, a Swiss poet, novelist and playwriter.[1][2] Her parents were Roman Catholics.[3] She was the older sister of actor Maximilian Schell.

Later life[change | change source]

Schell lived reclusively in ill health in Carinthia in the Austrian Alps until her death from pneumonia in Preitenegg, Austria on 26 April 2005, aged 79.

Books[change | change source]

  • Schell, Maria (1985). Die Kostbarkeit des Augenblicks: Gedanken, Erinnerungen. ISBN 978-3-7844-2072-1.
  • 1998: „... und wenn’s a Katz is!“ Mein Weg durchs Leben. Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach, ISBN 978-3-404-12784-9.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Maximillian Schell Film Reference biography
  2. Ross, Lillian and Helen. The Player: A Profile of an Art, Simon & Schuster (1961) pp. 231-239
  3. Ross, Lillian and Helen The Player: A Profile of an Art, Simon & Schuster (1961) pp. 231-239

Other websites[change | change source]

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