Maria Schell

Maria Schell

Birth
Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Death 26 Apr 2005 (aged 79)
Preitenegg, Wolfsberg Bezirk, Carinthia (Kärnten), Austria
Burial Preitenegg, Wolfsberg Bezirk, Carinthia (Kärnten), Austria
Memorial ID 10860201 · View Source
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Actress. She is remembered for winning the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival in 1956 for her role in the French film "Gervaise," opposite Francois Perier. Her father was a Swiss poet, novelist, playwright and pharmacy owner and her mother was an actress who ran an acting school. In 1938 when she was 12 years old, her family fled Vienna, Austria after the Anschluss, when Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany, and they resettled in Zurich, Switzerland. She starred in the films "Dr. Holl" (1951, with Dieter Borsche), "So Little Time" (1952, with Maruis Goring), "The Heart of the Matter" (1953, with Trevor Howard), "White Nights" (1957, with Marcello Mastroianna), "Rose Bernd" (1957, with Raf Vallone), "The Brothers Karamazov" (1958, with Yul Brynner), "The Hanging Tree" (1959, with Gary Cooper), "Cimarron" (1960, with Glenn Ford), "The Odessa File" (1974, with Maximilian Schell and Jon Voight), "The Twist" (1976 with Bruce Dern and Ann-Margret), "Voyage of the Damned" (1976, with Faye Dunaway and Max von Sydow), "Superman" (1978, with Marlon Brando, Christopher Reeve, and Margot Kidder), and "1919" (1985, with Paul Scofield). She played 'Mother Maria' in the sequel to "Lilies of the Field" called "Christmas Lilies of the Field" (1979). She had three guest appearances in the German television series "Der Kommissar" and two in "Derrick," in the episodes "Yellow He" (1977) and "Klavierkonzert" (1978). She was married twice, first to Horst Hachler (1957 until 1965) and then to Veit Relin (1966 until 1988). Among the plays she performed were such classics as William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Johann Wolfgang Goethe's "Faust," and "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw. Her final public appearance was at the premiere of her brother Maximilian's documentary film, "My Sister Maria" (2002). She died of pneumonia at the age of 79.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 26 Apr 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 10860201
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maria Schell (15 Jan 1926–26 Apr 2005), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10860201, citing Ortsfriedhof, Preitenegg, Wolfsberg Bezirk, Carinthia (Kärnten), Austria ; Maintained by Find A Grave .