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Romy Schneider (actress)
Known for What's New, Pussycat? (1965)

  • Birthday:May 29, 1982
  • Birth Place: Vienna
  • Birth Name: Rosemarie Magdelena Albach-Retty
  • Aka: Romy Albach-Retty, Rosemarie Magdalena Schneider, Romy Schneider-Albach
  • Biography: Romy Schneider was an Austrian actress. She was born Rosemarie Magdalena Albach-Retty in Vienna into a family of actors that included her paternal grandmother Rosa Albach-Retty, her father Wolf Albach-Retty and her mother Magda Schneider. After Magda's divorce in 1945, she took care of Romy and eventually also supervised the young girl's career, often appearing alongside her daughter, who had made her film debut already in 1953, aged 15. Young Romy's career was also overseen by her stepfather, Hans-Herbert Blatzheim, a noted restaurateur who Schneider indicated had an unhealthy interest in he. In the film Mädchenjahre einer Königin (Girlhood of a Queen, Ernst Marischka, 1954) Romy Schneider for the first time portrayed a royal. Interestingly, this Austrian movie is about the early years of Queen Victoria, in particular her first encounter with Prince Albert. Schneider's breakthrough, however, came with her portrayal of Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria -- later to become Empress Elisabeth of Austria -- in the romantic biopic Sissi (1955) and its two sequels (1956 and 1957). Fed up with the saccharine image these movies had bestowed upon her, Schneider leapt at the chance to star in the much more sombre Christine (1958), a remake of Max Ophüls's 1933 film Liebelei (itself based upon a play by Arthur Schnitzler). It was during the filming of Christine that Schneider fell in love with French actor Alain Delon, who co-starred in the movie. Schneider became engaged to Delon in 1959, and the couple moved to Paris. This meant the beginning of Schneider's international film career, which also brought her to Hollywood (Good Neighbor Sam, a 1964 comedy with Jack Lemmon, and the 1965 movie What's New, Pussycat? with Woody Allen). Mainly, however, Schneider stayed in France, working with film directors such as Orson Welles (Le Procès of 1963, based upon Franz Kafka's The Trial) and Luchino Visconti (Ludwig, a 1972 film about the life of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, in which she played a much more mature Elisabeth of Austria). "Sissi sticks to me just like oatmeal," Schneider once said. Romy Schneider's private life was rather turbulent. Dumped by Delon in 1963, she married (1966) and divorced (1975) Harry Meyen (1924 - 1979), a German actor who committed suicide. The couple had a son, David-Christopher (1966 – 1981). In 1975 Schneider married Daniel Biasini, her private secretary; they separated in 1981. Her daughter by her second marriage, Sarah Magdalena Biasini (b. July 14, 1977), an actress, startlingly resembles her mother and has been a target of German tabloids for quite some time. Even after the breakup of her relationship with Alain Delon, Schneider continued starring in films with Delon (La Piscine -- The Swimming Pool -- of 1969). Of her other films, the macabre Le Trio infernal (1974) with Michel Piccoli is worth mentioning. In 1980 she starred in Bertrand Tavernier's prophetic "Death Watch", playing a dying woman whose last days are watched on national television via a camera implanted in the brain of a journalist (Harvey Keitel). Her last film was La Passante du Sans-Souci (The Passerby, 1982). A heavy smoker all her life, Schneider also took to drinking in her later years, especially after the sudden death, on July 5, 1981, of her 15-year-old son, who was found impaled on a fence at his stepfather's parents' house, which he was apparently attempting to climb. When Romy Schneider was found dead in her apartment in Paris, France in 1982, aged only 43, rumour had it that she had committed suicide by taking a lethal cocktail of alcohol and sleeping pills. However, no post-mortem examination was carried out and she was officially declared to have died of cardiac arrest. [edit] External links
    Romy Schneider was an Austrian actress. She was born Rosemarie Magdalena Albach-Retty in Vienna into a family of actors that included her paternal grandmother Rosa Albach-Retty, her father Wolf Albach-Retty and her mother Magda Schneider. After Magda's divorce in 1945, she took care of Romy and eventually also supervised the young girl's career, often appearing alongside her daughter, who had made her film debut already in 1953, aged 15. Young Romy's career was also overseen by her stepfather, Hans-Herbert Blatzheim, a noted restaurateur who Schneider indicated had an unhealthy interest in he.

    In the film Mädchenjahre einer Königin (Girlhood of a Queen, Ernst Marischka, 1954) Romy Schneider for the first time portrayed a royal. Interestingly, this Austrian movie is about the early years of Queen Victoria, in particular her first encounter with Prince Albert. Schneider's breakthrough, however, came with her portrayal of Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria -- later to become Empress Elisabeth of Austria -- in the romantic biopic Sissi (1955) and its two sequels (1956 and 1957).

    Fed up with the saccharine image these movies had bestowed upon her, Schneider leapt at the chance to star in the much more sombre Christine (1958), a remake of Max Ophüls's 1933 film Liebelei (itself based upon a play by Arthur Schnitzler). It was during the filming of Christine that Schneider fell in love with French actor Alain Delon, who co-starred in the movie. Schneider became engaged to Delon in 1959, and the couple moved to Paris.

    This meant the beginning of Schneider's international film career, which also brought her to Hollywood (Good Neighbor Sam, a 1964 comedy with Jack Lemmon, and the 1965 movie What's New, Pussycat? with Woody Allen). Mainly, however, Schneider stayed in France, working with film directors such as Orson Welles (Le Procès of 1963, based upon Franz Kafka's The Trial) and Luchino Visconti (Ludwig, a 1972 film about the life of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, in which she played a much more mature Elisabeth of Austria). "Sissi sticks to me just like oatmeal," Schneider once said.

    Romy Schneider's private life was rather turbulent. Dumped by Delon in 1963, she married (1966) and divorced (1975) Harry Meyen (1924 - 1979), a German actor who committed suicide. The couple had a son, David-Christopher (1966 – 1981). In 1975 Schneider married Daniel Biasini, her private secretary; they separated in 1981. Her daughter by her second marriage, Sarah Magdalena Biasini (b. July 14, 1977), an actress, startlingly resembles her mother and has been a target of German tabloids for quite some time.

    Even after the breakup of her relationship with Alain Delon, Schneider continued starring in films with Delon (La Piscine -- The Swimming Pool -- of 1969). Of her other films, the macabre Le Trio infernal (1974) with Michel Piccoli is worth mentioning. In 1980 she starred in Bertrand Tavernier's prophetic "Death Watch", playing a dying woman whose last days are watched on national television via a camera implanted in the brain of a journalist (Harvey Keitel). Her last film was La Passante du Sans-Souci (The Passerby, 1982).

    A heavy smoker all her life, Schneider also took to drinking in her later years, especially after the sudden death, on July 5, 1981, of her 15-year-old son, who was found impaled on a fence at his stepfather's parents' house, which he was apparently attempting to climb. When Romy Schneider was found dead in her apartment in Paris, France in 1982, aged only 43, rumour had it that she had committed suicide by taking a lethal cocktail of alcohol and sleeping pills. However, no post-mortem examination was carried out and she was officially declared to have died of cardiac arrest. [edit] External links

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Innocents With Dirty Hands (Les Innocents Aux Main (1975) 6 clips of total 6 clips 2005-08-24
Trio Infernal (1974) 1 clips of total 6 clips Sexy 2007-01-06
Love At The Top (1974) 1 clips of total 1 clips 2005-08-24
The Swimming Pool (1970) 2 clips of total 2 clips 2005-08-24