Maria Schell

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Maria Schell

In an episode of Der Kommissar
BornMaria Margarethe Anna Schell
(1926-01-15)15 January 1926
Vienna, Austria
Died26 April 2005(2005-04-26) (aged 79)
Preitenegg, Carinthia, Austria
Occupationactress, producer
Years active1942-1996
SpouseHorst Hächler (1957-1965) (divorced) 1 child
Veit Relin (1966-1988) (divorced) 1 child
 
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Maria Schell

In an episode of Der Kommissar
BornMaria Margarethe Anna Schell
(1926-01-15)15 January 1926
Vienna, Austria
Died26 April 2005(2005-04-26) (aged 79)
Preitenegg, Carinthia, Austria
Occupationactress, producer
Years active1942-1996
SpouseHorst Hächler (1957-1965) (divorced) 1 child
Veit Relin (1966-1988) (divorced) 1 child

Maria Margarethe Anna Schell (15 January 1926, Vienna – 26 April 2005, Preitenegg, Carinthia, Austria) was an Austrian/Swiss actress, who won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival in 1956 for Gervaise.

The daughter of a Swiss author and an Austrian actress, she was the older sister of actor Maximilian Schell and lesser-known actors Carl Schell and Immy (Immaculata) Schell.

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Career

She starred in such films as Dr. Holl (1951), So Little Time (1952), The Heart of the Matter (1953), Gervaise (1956), Le notti bianche (1957), Rose Bernd (1957), The Brothers Karamazov (1958) playing the role of Grushenka, The Hanging Tree (1959), Cimarron (1960), and Superman (1978). She played Mother Maria in the sequel to Lilies of the Field called Christmas Lilies of the Field. She starred opposite such actors as Yul Brynner, Marcello Mastroianni, Suzy Delair, Gary Cooper and Marlon Brando. She also had five guest appearances in the television series, Der Kommissar and Derrick: Yellow He (1977) & Klavierkonzert (1978). Her final public appearance was at the premiere of her brother Maximilian's documentary film, My Sister Maria (2002). She starred in the 1976 Broadway play Poor Murderer.

Family

Schell was married twice, first to Horst Hächler and second to Veit Relin. Her daughter by her second marriage, actress Marie Theres Relin (born 1966), who was married to Bavarian playwright Franz Xaver Kroetz and has three children, made a media and Internet appearance as a spokeswoman for housewives (If Pigs Could Fly. Die Hausfrauenrevolution, 2004).

Death

Maria 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.

Posthumous

Upon her death, Maximilian Schell released a statement, saying in part: "Towards the end of her life, she suffered silently and I never heard her complain. I admire her for that. Her death might have been for her a salvation. But not for me. She is irreplaceable."

Autobiographical works

selected filmography

Further reading

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