Place of Death
Preitenegg, Carinthia, Austria
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
Luchino Visconti`s White Nights (1957)
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Maria Margarethe Anna Schell (15 January 1926, Vienna - 26 April 2005, Preitenegg, Carinthia) was an Austrian 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.
She starred in such films as Dr. Holl (1951), 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: The Movie (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 three guest appearances in the television series, Der Kommissar. Her final public appearance was at the premiere of her brother Maximilian`s documentary film, My Sister Maria (2002).
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 is 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).
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.
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."
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Maria Margarethe Anna Schell
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Hermann Ferdinand Schell
Margarethe (née Noe von Nordberg)
Maximilian Schell, Carl Schell
Maria Margarethe Anna Schell (15 January 1926 – 26 April 2005) was an Austrian-Swiss actress. She ranged among the stars of German cinema in the 1950s and '60s. In 1954 she was awarded the Cannes Best Actress Award for her performance in Helmut Käutner's war drama The Last Bridge and in 1956 won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Gervaise.
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