Maria Schell

Austrian Actress
Born Jan 15, 1926

Maria Margarethe Anna Schell was an Austrian/Swiss 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 Schell.… Read More

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1926 Birth Born on January 15, 1926.


1938 12 Years Old After the Anschluss in 1938, her family moved to Zürich in Switzerland. … Read More
1942 16 Years Old 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.


1948 22 Years Old 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. … Read More


1956 30 Years Old The 1956 film Gervaise directed by 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) playing the role of Grushenka. … Read More


1976 50 Years Old 1 More Event
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).


1991 65 Years Old Maria Schell's last years were overshadowed by her ill health. She attempted suicide in 1991 and suffered repeat strokes. … Read More
2005 79 Years Old 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. … Read More
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