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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.

Maria Schell
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Maria Schell in Le notti bianche (1957)
Born
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)

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Early lifeEdit

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 lifeEdit

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.

BooksEdit

  • 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.

ReferencesEdit

  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 websitesEdit

  Media related to Maria Schell at Wikimedia Commons