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Overview (5)

Born in Vienna, Austria
Died in Paris, France  (cardiac arrest)
Birth NameRosemarie Magdelena Albach-Retty
Nickname Puppele
Height 5' 3¾" (1.62 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Romy Schneider was born on 23 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria into a family of actors. Making her film debut at the age of 15, her breakthrough came two years later in the very popular trilogy Sissi (1955). Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation in Christine (1958), the remake of Max Ophüls's Playing at Love (1933), where Magda Schneider once starred herself. During the shooting, she fell in love with her co-star Alain Delon and eventually moved with him to Paris. At that time, she started her international career collaborating with famous directors such as Luchino Visconti and Orson Welles. After Delon had broken up with her in 1964, she married Harry Meyen shortly after. Although she gave birth to a boy, David-Christopher, their relationship was difficult, so they divorced in 1975. Being unsatisfied with her personal life, she turned to alcohol and drugs, but her cinematic career -especially in France- remained intact. She was the first actress, receiving the new created César Award as "Best Actress" for her role in That Most Important Thing: Love (1975). Three years later, she was awarded again for A Simple Story (1978). After a short marriage to her former secretary Daniel Biasini, being the father of her daughter Sarah Biasini, she suffered the hardest blow of her life when her son was impaled on a fence in 1981. She never managed to recover from this loss and died on 29 May 1982 in Paris. Although it was suggested she committed suicide caused by an overdose of sleeping pills, she was declared to have died from cardiac arrest.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: fippi2000

Spouse (2)

Daniel Biasini (18 December 1975 - June 1981) (divorced) (1 child)
Harry Meyen (15 July 1966 - June 1975) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Appeared in many films directed by Ernst Marischka, including the Sissi trilogy

Trivia (60)

Granddaughter of Rosa Albach-Retty and Karl Albach.
Engaged to Alain Delon from 1959 to 1964.
Portrayed on a postage stamp issued on Oct. 3, 1998 by the French Post Office.
In 8 Women (2002), when Louise (Emmanuelle Béart) shows a picture of her former employer, it is a picture of Romy Schneider.
Good friends with German Bundeskanzler Willy Brandt. She was one of many celebrities supporting his politics of social novation.
30 April 2005: Ranked #1 in a list by tabloid "Bild" searching the "50 most beautiful Germans ever".
Was good friends with French actor Jean-Claude Brialy and French TV presenter Michel Drucker.
Twice César award winner for Best Actress in 1976 and 1979 for That Most Important Thing: Love (1975) and A Simple Story (1978) respectively. She received Best Actress nominations for Une femme à sa fenêtre (1976), Womanlight (1979) and The Passerby (1982). In 2008 she was awarded an honorary César.
Stepfather was Hans-Herbert Blatzheim, a pub owner in Cologne/ Germany.
Her role as Chantal in The Grilling (1981) was played by Monica Bellucci in the American remake of the film Under Suspicion (2000).
Was good friends with director Luchino Visconti.
Shares birthday with French stage actor Jean Piat, singer Ray Charles, actor Gino Paoli and Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.
Had a younger brother named Wolfgang Albach-Retty.
Her first husband Harry Meyen, a stage director, committed suicide in Hamburg on 15 April 1979.
Romy's funeral took place in the Church of Saint-Sébastien in the village of Boissy-sans-Avoir in Yvelines. She had bought a house there only a month before she died. She is buried in the village's cemetery beside her son, David.
Was nicknamed "Miss worried".
Her son - with Harry Meyen - David-Christopher (David Haubenstock) died in France on 5 July 1981 after being impaled on a fence.
After her first movie, Wolf Albach-Retty wrote his daughter: "Put your childhood in your pocket and run away because that's everything you have!".
Pedro Almodóvar's film All About My Mother (1999) is partially dedicated to her.
She never overcame the loss of her son. She suffered from depressions after his death resulting in an alcohol problem.
Pro-choice activist and supporter of the feminist movement.
1953: Graduated at the Goldstein boarding school near Salzburg, Austria.
24 November 2006: Ranked #3 in a survey by network ZDF searching Germany's all-time favorite actor, which made her the highest ranked woman.
2000: Is portrayed on a 110 + 50 pfennig postage stamp by Deutsche Post.
Was good friends with Marlene Dietrich, one of her idols.
1999: Was voted "Greatest actress of all time" by the readers of French newspaper "Le Parisien".
Her last longtime companion was Laurent Pétin, who found her dead in her Paris apartment in rue Barbet-de-Jouy in the early hours of 29 May 1982. No autopsy was ordered and she was declared to have died from cardiac arrest; however the media suggested that she committed suicide by taking a cocktail of alcohol and sleeping pills.
Alain Delon placed a piece of paper with the following words on her tomb: "Tu n'as jamais été aussi belle, tu vois j'ai appris quelques mots allemands pour toi: Ich liebe dich meine Liebe" (You have never been so beautful, you see that I learned some words in German for you: I love you my love).
30 October 1974: Her appearance on Je später der Abend... (1973) made German television history when she passionately remarked to Burkhard Driest, a bank robber and author: "Sie gefallen mir. Sie gefallen mir sehr." (I like you. I like you a lot.).
The Prix Romy Schneider, named after her, has been awarded to young actresses by the French movie business since 1984.
Her favorite co-star was the French actor Michel Piccoli.
Best friends with French actor Michel Piccoli.
Was close friends with Yves Montand.
Is portrayed by Jessica Schwarz in Romy (2009) and by Marie Bäumer in 3 Days in Quiberon (2018). In February 2008, it was announced that Yvonne Catterfeld would play the lead in a biopic called "A Woman Like Romy", backed by Warner Bros. Raymond Danon and Douglas Welbat were producing the film, to have been directed by Josef Rusnak. Shooting was scheduled to have begun in July 2008 but the project never came to fruition.
Was once considered and in talks with director Claude Lelouch to play the part of Anne Gauthier (that eventually went to Anouk Aimée) in A Man and a Woman (1966), but couldn't come to an agreement.
Engaged to Horst Buchholz (1957-1958).
Recorded with Michel Piccoli the song entitled "Helene", for their film The Things of Life (1970)).
In January 1981, Alain Delon and Romy were named "the actors preferred by the public" in a French magazine.
She smoked up to three packets of Marlboro cigarettes per day.
A telephone card depicting Romy circulated in France in 1994, at the time of a campaign celebrating French cinema, with images of actors and actresses extracted from films and showing them on the telephone. The phone card featuring Romy was a photograph taken from The Swimming Pool (1969).
Good friend, Simone Signoret, convinced Romy to do her last film, The Passerby (1982), after the tragic death of her son, David Haubenstock.
Friends with Austrian actor Helmut Berger and French designer Coco Chanel. She would often wear clothes designed by Chanel during the 1960s and 1970s.
Older half-sister of Sacha Darwin.
Was close friends with her Sissi (1955) co-star, Karlheinz Böhm.
She and Pascale Ogier are the only actors to receive a posthumous César nomination, for their performances in The Passerby (1982) and Full Moon in Paris (1984), respectively.
Claude Petin - Schneider's friend and Laurent Pétin's sister - says that Schneider no longer drank at the time of her death, and that her cardiac arrest was due to a kidney operation she had months before.
Was strongly considered to play the title role in Mademoiselle (1966) by the time Georges Franju had been approached to direct the project. But Franju had grown enamored with the acting skills of his frequent collaborator Emmanuelle Riva, whom he introduced to screenwriter Jean Genet as his ideal pick for the part. Genet was very enthusiastic about the idea and, when Franju mentioned Schneider, he stated: 'You've shown me a jewel, I won't swop it against a false pearl, and German at that'. Franju never helmed the project and later remarked that he would have made the movie straight away had he agreed to Romy's casting, but he had been too partial to Emmanuelle. The film was eventually directed by Tony Richardson and starred Jeanne Moreau.
She was a favorite of Coco Chanel and one of very few clients that Chanel would see personally.
Had a striking resemblance to her friend Simone Signoret. Although they never appeared in a movie together, Romy appeared in Inferno (1964) alongside Signoret's daughter, Catherine Allégret.
Was fluent in three languages: her native German, French and English.
She was in a relationship with Swiss actor Bruno Ganz at the beginning of the 70s.
L'Heure Bleue by Guerlain was her favorite perfume.
Was featured on the official poster of the 36th César Awards in 2011.
In 1941, during a visit (brought there by her mother) to Hitler's retreat at Berchtesgaden, she would play with Martin Bormann's children.
In February 1983, Nathalie Baye paid tribute to Romy in her Best Actress César acceptance speech for La balance (1982). Romy had received a posthumous nomination in the same category for The Passerby (1982).
At the time of her death, she was scheduled to star alongside Alain Delon in a film called "L'Un Contre L'Autre", written by Christopher Frank, to have been produced by Alain Terzian and directed by Pierre Granier-Deferre. Shooting was to have started in July 1982; the film was never made.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder wanted her to play the title role in The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), but negotiations between the pair broke down and Hanna Schygulla was cast instead. In 1982, Fassbinder died 12 days after Romy.
She made five films with director Claude Sautet: The Things of Life (1970), Max and the Junkmen (1971), César and Rosalie (1972), Mado (1976) and A Simple Story (1978). She wanted to play the role of Catherine in A Bad Son (1980), the screenplay for which had been written by her then husband, Daniel Biasini, but Sautet preferred Brigitte Fossey for the part.

Personal Quotes (22)

Sissi sticks to me just like oatmeal.
Life must go on. My work gives me strength.
I have the feeling that I was born in Vienna in order to live in Paris.
[Alain Delon] Delon? Nothing is colder than a love that has passed away.
Memories are the best things in life, I think.
You must not quote to me what I once said. I am wiser now.
I've worked with the biggest tyrants: [Otto Preminger] Preminger, [Orson Welles] Welles, [Luchino Visconti] Visconti. Despots - they have contempt for most actors. When they meet someone who stands up to them, everything's great.
I am nothing in life, but everything on the screen.
One can remain eternally young if each day, one grows rich by marvelous moments. I am convinced that at the end of my life, all these sufferings and all these joys, the memories, the goods like the bad ones, give us a heat which resembles those that give us and which love us.
I cannot live without having a role to work.
I wish to present myself in front of the camera, each time under the features of a different woman, I would like to live and apprehend the problems, the conflicts, the feelings and the impulses of women radically different from me.
I am not afraid of nothing in the world. Except ego.
I want to learn, I want to develop, I want to discover all that is in me.
[In a letter to her friend Simone Signoret] I don't know anything about life, but everything about cinema.
[on Inferno (1964)] During these tests I realized that Clouzot was the most difficult director I had ever met. Difficult not in a negative way - he is never satisfied. He's a perfectionist who wants every tone, light and gesture to be exactly, down to every nuance, as he'd imagined it before. I wondered, "How will I stand 18 weeks of shooting with Henri-Georges?"
[interview from May 1981, asked what she considers her best roles] Leni in Group Portrait with a Lady (1977) by Heinrich Böll was an important role for me, but definitely not the best known. In general, I like fairly horrible jobs: The Infernal Trio (1974), for example, where I didn't live up to my usual image and where I didn't have to be "nice". I've kept great memories of The Trial (1962) with Orson Welles. Today he does publicity. He's seated, fat and round at a table and he raises his glass of wine. He doesn't make films any more. He says, "I can't play what I want to and what's offered to me I don't want to do." He's quite right.
[1962 interview] I've always wanted to do theatre. I think that when you really love this job, you have to do theatre - it's essential. You can't just do cinema all the time. It's too monotonous in my opinion to always do cinema. It's very easy for me to say, "You have to do theatre". You must also have the chance to start, I had a lot of chances when I started the cinema with my mother in Germany - I had a lot of opportunities but then you have to go it alone. My big break in theatre was Visconti, and who offered me "C'est dommage qu'elle soit une p" by John Ford in Paris. I was very afraid because I wasn't sure my French was good enough - it was fine for speaking in the street or for life in general - but never for the stage - it's an almost classic text, a Shakespearean text; he pushed me and helped me a lot and we started the rehearsals in Paris and I did my first play. During "la putain" in Paris, Sacha Pitoëff came one evening and saw the play and he offered me the chance to tour with The Seagull. I didn't give him an answer immediately - I was very happy and flattered, it was amazing, a play by Chekhov - but I'd never done a tour and I knew it would last four months, a very, very long time and it would be very tiring, but nevertheless desire is a lot stronger than fear!
[1962 interview] In Austria and Germany, I couldn't continue and didn't want to continue any longer doing those films that I'd made; I wanted to get out of that straitjacket that they'd put me in; I just couldn't do what I wanted to do - I wasn't getting offered what I wanted. I didn't have any desire to do any more cinema there, but I have to say, honestly, that next year, or in perhaps two years' time, I'd like to do some work in the theatre in Vienna or in Munich or in Hamburg or in Berlin with Gründgens [Gustaf Gründgens] - there are marvelous theatre directors in Germany and they do wonderful work in the theatre, as they do in Paris too. But cinema there - no.
[1970 interview] The Things of Life (1970) is the best film I've done; there's The Trial (1962), there's Boccaccio '70 (1962) with Luchino Visconti, there's The Cardinal (1963) with Preminger - I've had the chance to work with some great directors.
You can't always make The Things of Life (1970); you can't always make Max and the Junkmen (1971) - you make concessions.
[on coming from a family of actors] It helps a bit but on the other hand it's difficult; I didn't want to be helped by my parents because they're actors - my father, mother, my grandmother - everybody was an actor in my house. You want to be alone, you want to do it alone, without help. And my mother didn't want me at all to do cinema or theatre. But she was intelligent and sensitive enough to not stand in my way when I was offered my first film, alongside her moreover, at the age of fourteen. In fact, we made five films together. I never acted with my father, unfortunately.
[on advice she would give to younger actors] I've absolutely no advice to give. There are a lot of things in this profession you have to learn and there are lots of things, perhaps the most important things, which you can't learn. You also have to have a lot of luck in this job - there are thousands of actors who are enormously talented and never get a break. You just can't give advice, it's impossible. I've heard colleagues say when asked for advice: "Don't do this job!" I would never say that because it would be very dishonest. For me, this is the most wonderful job in the world and I wouldn't know how to do anything else.

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