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Romy Schneider

Biography

She portrayed Elisabeth of Austria in the historical film Ludwig, that was directed by Luchino Visconti. Her part as Empress Elisabeth in Sissi bolstered her popularity. She made an appearance in the film When the White colored Lilacs Bloom Once again when she was fifteen years of age. She performed the part of Marie in the French episode, A Simple Tale. She experienced two kids and was wedded double; her last relationship was to Daniel Biasini in 1975. She is at the film Boccaccio ’70, that was directed by Luchino Visconti.

Quick Facts


Full Name Romy Schneider
Date Of Birth September 23, 1938
Died May 29, 1982, 7th arrondissement, Paris, France
Place Of Birth Vienna, Austria
Height 1.62 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality French, German, Austrian
Spouse Daniel Biasini, Harry Meyen
Children Sarah Biasini, David Haubenstock
Parents Magda Schneider, Wolf Albach-Retty
Siblings Sacha Darwin, Wolfi Albach-Retty
Awards César Award for Best Actress, Honorary César, David di Donatello Special Award, German Film Award for Best Overall Acting Performance
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama
Movies Sissi, The Swimming Pool, Sissi - The Young Empress, The Things of Life, Sissi - Fateful Years of an Empress, That Most Important Thing: Love, César and Rosalie, What's New Pussycat?, The Passerby, Max and the Junkmen, The Old Gun, Boccaccio '70, Ludwig, A Simple Story, Good Neighbor Sam, The Cardinal, Victoria in Dover, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno, Innocents with Dirty Hands, Under Suspicion, The Trial, Lady Caliph, Mädchen in Uniform, When the White Lilacs Bloom Again, The Train, The Infernal Trio, Love at the Top, Adorable Sinner, The Lady Banker, Triple Cross, Christine, The Victors, Love from Paris, My Lover, My Son, Ghost of Love, The Assassination of Trotsky, Death Watch, An Angel on Wheels, 10:30 P.M. Summer, Scampolo, Womanlight, Mado, The Girl and the Legend, Le combat dans l'île, Une femme à sa fenêtre, Kitty and the Great Big World, Group Portrait with a Lady, La Voleuse, Eva, Bloodline, Love at Sea
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#Fact
1 She was in a relationship with Swiss actor Bruno Ganz at the beginning of the 70s.
2 Was fluent in three languages: her native German, French and English.
3 Had a striking resemblance to her friend Simone Signoret. Although they never appeared in a movie together, Romy appeared in L'enfer (1964) alongside Signoret's daughter, Catherine Allégret.
4 She was a favorite of Coco Chanel and one of very few clients that Chanel would see personally.
5 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.
6 Claude Pétin - 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.
7 She and Pascale Ogier are the only actors to receive a posthumous César nomination, for their performances in La passante du Sans-Souci (1982) and Les nuits de la pleine lune (1984), respectively.
8 Was close friends with her Sissi (1955) co-star, Karlheinz Böhm.
9 Older half-sister of Sacha Darwin.
10 Friends with Austrian actor Helmut Berger and French designer Coco Chanel. She would often wear clothes design by Chanel during the 1960s and 1970s.
11 Good friend, Simone Signoret, convinced Romy to do her last film, La passante du Sans-Souci (1982), after the tragic death of her son, David Haubenstock.
12 A telephone chart representing 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 with Romy, was a photograph extracted from La Piscine (1969)).
13 She smoked up to three packets of Marlboro cigarettes per day.
14 In January 1981, Alain Delon and Romy were named "the actors preferred by the public" in a French magazine.
15 Recorded with Michel Piccoli the song entitled "Helene", for their film The Things of Life (1970)).
16 Engaged to Horst Buchholz (1957-1958).
17 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.
18 Is portrayed by Yvonne Catterfeld in "Romy" (2011) and Jessica Schwarz in Romy (2009).
19 Was close friends with Yves Montand.
20 Best friends with French actor Michel Piccoli.
21 Her favorite co-star was the French actor Michel Piccoli.
22 The Prix Romy Schneider, named after her, has been awarded to young actresses by the French movie business since 1984.
23 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.).
24 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).
25 Her last longtime companion was Laurent Pétin, who found her dead in her Paris apartment on 29 May 1982. Although she was declared to have died from cardiac arrest, the media suggested that she committed suicide by taking a cocktail of alcohol and sleeping pills.
26 1999: Was voted "Greatest actress of all time" by the readers of French newspaper "Le Parisien".
27 Was good friends with Marlene Dietrich, one of her idols.
28 2000: Is portrayed on a 110 + 50 pfennig postage stamp by Deutsche Post.
29 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.
30 1953: Graduated at the Goldstein boarding school near Salzburg, Austria.
31 Pro-choice activist and supporter of the feminist movement.
32 She never overcame the loss of her son. She suffered from depressions after his death resulting in an alcohol problem.
33 Pedro Almodóvar's film All About My Mother (1999) is partially dedicated to her.
34 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!".
35 Her son - with Harry Meyen - David-Christopher (David Haubenstock) died in France on 5 July 1981 after being impaled on a fence.
36 Was nicknamed "Miss worried".
37 Is buried at Boissy-Sans-Avoir cemetery.
38 Her first husband Harry Meyen, a stage director, committed suicide in Hamburg on 15 April 1979.
39 Had a younger brother named Wolfgang Albach-Retty.
40 Shares birthday with French stage actor Jean Piat, singer Ray Charles, actor Gino Paoli and Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.
41 Was good friends with director Luchino Visconti.
42 Her role as Chantal in Garde à vue (1981) was played by Monica Bellucci in the American remake of the film Under Suspicion (2000).
43 Stepfather was Hans-Herbert Blatzheim, a pub owner in Cologne/ Germany.
44 Cesar award winner.
45 Was good friends with French actor Jean-Claude Brialy and French TV presenter Michel Drucker.
46 30 April 2005: Ranked #1 in a list by tabloid "Bild" searching the "50 most beautiful Germans ever".
47 Good friends with German Bundeskanzler Willy Brandt. She was one of many celebrities supporting his politics of social novation.
48 In 8 femmes (2002), when Louise (Emmanuelle Béart) shows a picture of her former employer, it is a picture of Romy Schneider.
49 Portrayed on a postage stamp issued on Oct. 3, 1998 by the French Post Office.
50 Mother of Sarah Biasini and David Haubenstock.
51 Engaged to Alain Delon from 1959 to 1964.
52 Granddaughter of Rosa Albach-Retty and Karl Albach.
53 Daughter of Wolf Albach-Retty and Magda Schneider


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La passante du Sans-Souci 1982 Elsa Wiener / Lina Baumstein
Garde 1981 Chantal Martinaud
Fantasma d'amore 1981 Anna Brigatti Zighi
La banquière 1980 Emma Eckhert
Death Watch 1980 Katherine Mortenhoe
Womanlight 1979 Lydia Tovalski
Bloodline 1979 Hélène Roffe-Martin
A Simple Story 1978 Marie
Group Portrait with a Lady 1977 Leni Gruyten
Tausend Lieder ohne Ton 1977 TV Movie Die Geliebte (uncredited)
Une femme 1976 Margot (Santorini)
Mado 1976 Hélène
The Old Gun 1975 Clara Dandieu
Dirty Hands 1975 Julie Wormser
That Most Important Thing: Love 1975 Nadine Chevalier
Le trio infernal 1974 Philomena Schmidt
Un amour de pluie 1974 Elizabeth
Le mouton enragé 1974 Roberte Groult
Le train 1973 Anna Kupfer
Ludwig 1973 Elisabeth of Austria
César and Rosalie 1972 Rosalie
The Assassination of Trotsky 1972 Gita Samuels
The Hero 1971 Nira
La califfa 1970 Irene Corsini detta 'La Califfa' -la bella e fiera vedova di un operaio ucciso
Qui? 1970 Marina
My Lover My Son 1970 Francesca Anderson
The Things of Life 1970 Hélène
Otley 1969 Imogen
La Piscine 1969 Marianne
Triple Cross 1966 The Countess
10:30 P.M. Summer 1966 Claire
La voleuse 1966 Julia Kreuz
What's New Pussycat 1965 Carole
L'enfer 1964 Odette
Good Neighbor Sam 1964 Janet Lagerlof
L'amour 1964 La vedette
The Cardinal 1963 Annemarie
The Victors 1963 Regine
The Trial 1962 Leni
Le combat dans l'île 1962 Anne
Boccaccio '70 1962 Pupe (segment "Il lavoro")
Die Sendung der Lysistrata 1961 TV Movie Myrrhine / Uschi Hellwig
Purple Noon 1960 Freddy's companion (uncredited)
Adorable Sinner 1959 Katia
Die schöne Lügnerin 1959 Fanny Emmetsrieder
An Angel on Wheels 1959 Line
Die Halbzarte 1959 Nicole
Christine 1958 Christine Weiring
Mädchen in Uniform 1958 Manuela von Meinhardis
Scampolo 1958 Scampolo
Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin 1957 Empress Elisabeth of Austria Sissi
Monpti 1957 Anne-Claire Jouvain
The Girl and the Legend 1957 Maud
Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin 1956 Sissi
Kitty und die große Welt 1956 Kitty Dupont
Sissi 1955 Sissi
Der letzte Mann 1955 Niddy Hoevelmann
Die Deutschmeister 1955 Constanze ("Stanzi") Hübner
The Story of Vickie 1954 Princess Victoria / Queen Victoria
Feuerwerk 1954 Anna Oberholzer
Wenn der weiße Flieder wieder blüht 1953 Evchen Forster (as Romy Schneider-Albach)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
César and Rosalie 1972 "La Lettre De Rosalie"
The Things of Life 1970 performer: "La Chanson D'Hélène"
Die schöne Lügnerin 1959 performer: "Ja, man verliebt sich"
Die Deutschmeister 1955 performer: "Wenn die Vöglein Musizieren"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All About My Mother 1999 dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Champs-Elysées 1982 TV Series Herself
Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny 1982 TV Movie Herself
La nuit des Césars 1976-1981 TV Series documentary Herself - César de la meilleure actrice / Herself / Herself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress
Stars 1980 TV Series Herself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1976-1980 TV Series Herself
Der große Preis 1979 TV Series Herself
Numéro 1 1978 TV Series Herself
Kein Kommentar 1976 TV Series documentary Herself
Abendschau 1975 TV Series Herself
Je später der Abend... 1974 TV Series Herself
Grosse Fische, kleine Fische 1973 TV Movie documentary Herself
Bailey on Visconti 1972 TV Movie documentary Herself
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1971 TV Series documentary Herself
Der Star-Gast 1971 TV Series Herself
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series
Treffpunkte 1970-1971 TV Series documentary Herself
Apropos Film 1970 TV Series documentary Herself
Hinter der Leinwand 1966-1970 TV Series documentary Herself
Neues aus der Welt des Films 1970 TV Series Herself
Sacha show 1970 TV Series Herself
The Bob Hope Christmas Special 1970 TV Special Herself
Laugh-In 1969 TV Series Herself
The Dean Martin Show 1969 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1969 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Die Drehscheibe 1969 TV Series Herself
Paris aktuell 1969 TV Series documentary Herself
Stars in der Manege 1969 TV Series documentary Herself
Dim Dam Dom 1968 TV Series Herself - Host
Romy - Portrait eines Gesichts 1967 TV Movie documentary Herself - Narrator / Leni / Julia Kreuz
The Merv Griffin Show 1963 TV Series Herself - Guest
Showman 1963 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
Cinépanorama 1961 TV Series documentary Herself
Aktuelle Schaubude 1959 TV Series Herself
Hier und heute 1958 TV Series Himself
Filmstadt Berlin 1958 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958 TV Series Herself
Zu Gast bei Margot Hielscher 1955 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Le grand show 2016 TV Series Herself
Alles ist Liebe 2014 Sissi (uncredited)
Sisi ... und ich erzähle euch die Wahrheit 2012 Documentary Sissi
DAS! 2012 TV Series Herself
Un jour, un destin 2010 TV Series documentary Herself / Various roles
David Bailey: Four Beats to the Bar and No Cheating 2010 Video documentary Herself
Romy Schneider - Eine Nahaufnahme 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot 2009 Documentary Odette
Romy Schneider - Eine Frau in drei Noten 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
Sauvages seventies 2008 TV Series documentary Herself
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Herself
Die Einzelkämpferin - Christiane Höllger über ihre Freundin Romy Schneider 2007 Video documentary short Herself
Ein Leben wie im Flug 2007 TV Movie Herself
Publicité et cinéma: Une histoire de famille 2006 TV Short documentary Herself
Unsere Besten 2003-2006 TV Series Herself
Graffiti 60 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Horst Buchholz... mein Papa 2005 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
Cineastas contra magnates 2005 Documentary Leni (in 'Le Procès')
Filmlegenden. Deutsch 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
Tage und Nächte in Paris 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself
René Deltgen - Der sanfte Rebell 2004 TV Movie documentary uncredited
Les 40 ans de la 2 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself
Sendung ohne Namen 2002-2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Romy Schneider, étrange étrangère 2002 TV Special documentary Herself
Howard Hughes: The Man and the Madness 1999 TV Movie documentary Greta Garbo
Luchino Visconti 1999 Documentary
Legenden 1998 TV Series documentary Herself
François Chalais, la vie comme un roman 1997 TV Movie documentary Herself
Rosemarie Magdalena Albach, genannt Romy Schneider 1996 TV Movie documentary Herself
Ich über mich - Dokumentation über Romy Schneider 1992 Documentary
Le cinéma dans les yeux 1987 Herself
Il était une fois: Le gala de l'union des artistes 1980 TV Movie documentary Herself
Forever My Love 1962 Princess Elisabeth

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Honorary César César Awards, France Posthumously. The award was presented by Alain Delon
1982 Sant Jordi Sant Jordi Awards Best Performance in a Foreign Film (Mejor Interpretación en Película Extranjera) Fantasma d'amore (1981)
1979 César César Awards, France Best Actress (Meilleure actrice) Une histoire simple (1978)
1979 Special David David di Donatello Awards Une histoire simple (1978)
1977 Film Award in Gold German Film Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Beste darstellerische Leistung - Weibliche Hauptrolle) Gruppenbild mit Dame (1977)
1976 César César Awards, France Best Actress (Meilleure actrice) L'important c'est d'aimer (1975)
1975 Best Actress Taormina International Film Festival L'important c'est d'aimer (1975)
1958 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actress (Schauspielerin)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 César César Awards, France Best Actress (Meilleure actrice) La passante du Sans-Souci (1982)
1980 César César Awards, France Best Actress (Meilleure actrice) Clair de femme (1979)
1977 César César Awards, France Best Actress (Meilleure actrice) Une femme (1976)
1964 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress - Drama The Cardinal (1963)
1959 Film Award in Gold German Film Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Beste darstellerische Leistung - Weibliche Hauptrolle) Mädchen in Uniform (1958)
1958 Bambi Bambi Awards Best Actress - National Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin (1957)
1957 Bambi Bambi Awards Best Actress - National Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin (1956)
1956 Bambi Bambi Awards Best Actress - National Sissi (1955)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actress (Schauspielerin)
1959 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actress (Schauspielerin)
1955 Bambi Bambi Awards Best Actress - National Mädchenjahre einer Königin (1954)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actress (Schauspielerin)
1972 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actress (Schauspielerin)
1957 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actress (Schauspielerin)


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#Quote
1 [In a letter to her friend Simone Signoret] I don't know anything about life, but everything about cinema.
2 I want to learn, I want to develop, I want to discover all that is in me.
3 I am not afraid of nothing in the world. Except ego.
4 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.
5 I cannot live without having a role to work.
6 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.
7 I am nothing in life, but everything on the screen.
8 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.
9 You must not quote to me what I once said. I am wiser now.
10 Memories are the best things in life, I think.
11 [Alain Delon] Delon? Nothing is colder than a love that has passed away.
12 I have the feeling that I was born in Vienna in order to live in Paris.
13 Life must go on. My work gives me strength.
14 Sissi sticks to me just like oatmeal.


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