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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
Volpi Cup for Best Actress
at the Venice Film Festival for Gervaise.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Family 4 Death 5 Autobiographical works 6 Filmography 7 Further reading 8 Decorations and awards 9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit] Schell was born in the Austrian capital Vienna, the daughter of actress Margarethe (née Noé von Nordberg; 1905–1995), who ran an acting school, and Hermann Ferdinand Schell (1900–1972), a Swiss poet, novelist, playwright, and owner of a pharmacy.[1][2] Her parents were Roman Catholics.[2] She was the older sister of actor Maximilian Schell and lesser-known actors Carl Schell and Immy (Immaculata) Schell. After the Anschluss
in 1938, her family moved to Zürich
in Switzerland. Maria Schell
Maria Schell
began commercial training, but soon entered the film business when she met the Swiss actor and director Sigfrit Steiner. Career[edit]

Schell in Amsterdam, 1976

Schell premiered in Steiner's 1942 film Steibruch, side by side with the well-known Swiss actor Heinrich Gretler, and took acting lessons for several theatre engagements. After World War II, she was cast in her first leading role in the 1948 film The Angel with the Trumpet, directed by Karl Hartl. She starred in such films as Dr. Holl
Dr. Holl
(1951), So Little Time (1952), The Heart of the Matter (1953). Her emotional acting earned her the nickname Seelchen ("little soul"), coined by her colleague Oskar Werner. The 1956 film Gervaise directed by René Clément
René Clément
was also a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; while in Hollywood, Schell met with Yul Brynner, who urged for her casting in The Brothers Karamazov (1958) in the role of Grushenka. Schell also starred with Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
in The Hanging Tree
The Hanging Tree
(1959) and with Glenn Ford in Cimarron (1960). Other famous movie parts included Le notti bianche (1957), Rose Bernd (1957), and Superman (1978). Schell played Mother Maria in the sequel to Lilies of the Field called Christmas Lilies of the Field and starred opposite such actors as Marcello Mastroianni, Suzy Delair, and Marlon Brando. In 1976 she starred in a Kojak
episode and also had three guest appearances in the German television series Der Kommissar and two in Derrick, in the episodes "Yellow He" (1977) and "Klavierkonzert" (1978). Schell also appeared on stage, including an acclaimed performance in the 1976 Broadway play Poor Murderer by Pavel Kohout and the leading role in Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play The Visit with the Schauspielhaus Zürich
ensemble. Family[edit] Schell was married twice, first to film director Horst Hächler (divorced in 1965) and second to director Veit Relin (divorced in 1986). Her daughter by her second marriage, actress Marie Theres Relin (born 1966), was married to Bavarian playwright Franz Xaver Kroetz and has three children; she made a media and internet appearance as a spokeswoman for housewives (If Pigs Could Fly. Die Hausfrauenrevolution, 2004). Death[edit] Maria Schell's last years were overshadowed by her ill health. She attempted suicide in 1991 and suffered repeated strokes. Her final public appearance was at the premiere of her brother Maximilian's documentary film, My Sister Maria (2002) on her life; both were awarded the Bambi Award
Bambi Award
for their work. Schell lived reclusively in the remote village of Preitenegg, Carinthia
in the Austrian Alps until her death from pneumonia on 26 April 2005, aged 79. Upon her death, her brother 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[edit]

1985: Die Kostbarkeit des Augenblicks. Gedanken, Erinnerungen. Langen Müller, München, ISBN 3-7844-2072-9. 1998: „... und wenn’s a Katz is!“ Mein Weg durchs Leben. Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach, ISBN 3-404-12784-6.


Steibruch (1942) as Meiti / Gretl Der Engel mit der Posaune (1948) as Selma Rosner Maresi (1948) as Blanka von Steinville - Tochter After the Storm (1948) as Gretel Aichinger The Last Night (1949) The Angel with the Trumpet (1950) as Anna Linden A Day Will Come (1950) as Madeleine Dr. Holl
Dr. Holl
(1951) as Angelika Alberti The Magic Box (1951) as Helena Friese-Greene So Little Time (1952) as Nicole de Malvines Until We Meet Again (1952) as Pamela Dreaming Lips (1953) as Elisabeth As Long as You're Near Me
As Long as You're Near Me
(1953) as Eva Berger Diary of a Married Woman
Diary of a Married Woman
(1953) as Barbara Holzmann The Heart of the Matter (1953) as Helen Rolt The Last Bridge (1954)[3] as Dr. Helga Reinbeck Herr über Leben und Tod (de) (1955) as Barbara Bertram, geb. Hansen Napoléon (1955) by Sacha Guitry
Sacha Guitry
(as Marie-Louise, Napoleon's Austrian wife) as L'archiduchesse Marie-Louise d'Autriche Die Ratten (1955) as Pauline Karka Gervaise (1956, by Rene Clement, from Émile Zola's L'Assommoir) as Gervaise Macquart Coupeau, une blanchisseuse douce et courageuse Liebe (1956) as Anna Ballard Rose Bernd (1957) as Rose Bernd Le Notti Bianche (1957) as Natalia The Brothers Karamazov (1958) as Grushenka One Life by Alexandre Astruc
Alexandre Astruc
(1958, from an eponym novel by Guy de Maupassant) as Jeanne Dandieu épouse de Lamare Der Schinderhannes (1958) as Julchen The Hanging Tree
The Hanging Tree
(1959) as Elizabeth Mahler As the Sea Rages (de) (1959) as Mana Cimarron (1960) as Sabra Cravat The Mark (1961) as Ruth Leighton Das Riesenrad (1961) as Elisabeth von Hill Only a Woman
Only a Woman
(1962) as Lilli König Zwei Whisky und ein Sofa (de) (1963) as Beate Dehn L'assassin connaît la musique... (de) (1963) as Agnès Duvillard Le Diable par la queue (fr) (The Devil by the Tail) (1969) as La comtesse Diane 99 Women
99 Women
(1969) as Leonie Caroll The Bloody Judge (1970) as Mother Rosa La Provocation (1970) as Jeanne Dans la poussière du soleil (1972) as Gertie Bradford Chamsin (1972) as Miriam Die Pfarrhauskomödie (1972) as Irma The Odessa File
(1974) as Frau Miller Change (1975) as Mama The Twist (1976) as Gretel Voyage of the Damned
Voyage of the Damned
(1976) as Mrs. Hauser Kojak
- Season 4, Episode 11: "The Pride and the Princess" (1976) as Sister Lepar Angelica / Princess Viva Dushan Derrick (1977-1978) as Luisa van Doom / Erika Rabes Superman (1978) as Vond-Ah Christmas Lilies of the Field (1979) as Valeska Piontek The Martian Chronicles mini-series - Season 1 (1980) as Anna Lustig Inside the Third Reich (1983) as Mrs. Speer Král Drozdia Brada (1984) as královna, Michalova matka 1919 (1985) as Sophie Rubin

Further reading[edit]

Mato Weiland: Maria Schell. Die autorisierte Maria Schell-Story. Massimo-Verlag, Wien 1959 ÖNB Herbert Spaich: Maria Schell
Maria Schell
– ihre Filme – ihr Leben. [Heyne-Bücher, 32] Heyne-Filmbibliothek, 99, München 1986, ISBN 3-453-86101-9 Hermann Josef Huber: Heitere Starparade. 300 Anekdoten von Hans Albers bis Maria Schell. Herder Taschenbuch Verl., Freiburg/Br., Basel, Wien 1989 UBS Maximilian Schell, Gero von Boehm, Thomas Montasser: Meine Schwester Maria. Europa-Verlag, Hamburg 2004, ISBN 3-203-82037-4 Maja Keppler (Red.), Deutsches Filmmuseum [Frankfurt, Main] (Hrsg.): Maria Schell, [eine Ausstellung des deutschen Filmmuseums 31. Januar bis 17. Juni 2007 Frankfurt am Main, Juli bis Oktober 2007 auf dem Schloss Wolfsberg, Kärnten (Österreich)]. Schriftenreihe des Deutschen Filmmuseums: Kinematograph, 22, Frankfurt am Main 2006, ISBN 3-89487-551-8 "The Hanging Tree" 1959; with Gary Cooper, Karl Malden, George C. Scott[4]

Decorations and awards[edit]

1951-57, 1987, 2002: Bambi award 1954: Honorable Mention at the Cannes International Film Festival
Cannes International Film Festival
for The Last Bridge 1956: Volpi Cup
Volpi Cup
at the Venice International Film Festival
Venice International Film Festival
for Gervaise 1957 and 1958: Golden and Silver Bravo Otto 1974: Merit Cross of the Federal Republic of Germany 1977: German Film Awards, Gold Award for many years of excellent work in the German film industry 1980: Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany 1983: Golden Camera 2002: Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class[5] 2008: Maria Schell
Maria Schell
street named in Landstrasse
(Vienna's 3rd District, area Aspanggründe / Euro-gate)


^ Maximillian Schell Film Reference biography ^ a b Ross, Lillian and Helen. The Player: A Profile of an Art, Simon & Schuster (1961) pp. 231-239 ^ The Last Bridge ^ TCM ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1495. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 

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