Maria Schneider life and biography

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Maria Schneider biography

Date of birth : 1952-03-27
Date of death : 2011-02-03
Birthplace : Paris, France
Nationality : French
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-02-04
Credited as : Actress, Last Tango in Paris, Marlon Brando

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Maria Schneider was a French actress. She was best known for playing Jeanne, opposite Marlon Brando, in the 1972 motion picture, Last Tango in Paris.

Driven out of show business with sticks of butter following the premiere of Bernardo Bertolucci's taboo-shattering Last Tango in Paris in 1972, Maria Schneider seemed destined for the kind of whatever-happened-to obscurity normally associated with failed child television stars and mid-career burnouts. Heroin-addicted and disheartened, she disappeared for a short while, but came back soon thereafter, and has appeared in more than 30 films since.

Schneider made her film debut in Jean-Pierre Blanc's La Vieille Fille in 1971, though true notoriety came the next year with her role as Marlon Brando's young lover in Last Tango in Paris. Daughter of actor Daniel Gélin (Is Paris Burning? [1966]), Schneider was originally cast in the role of Conchita in Luis Buñuel's final film, That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), but was fired shortly into filming and replaced with two actresses (Ángela Molina and Carole Bouquet). Schneider has also appeared in Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre (1996) and as herself in Les Acteurs (2000).


1969 Film acting debut in Cesar Grand Blaise (directed by Jean Dewever)
1973 Came to international prominence starring opposite Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris , directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
1975 Appeared opposite Jack Nicholson in The Passenger
1984 TV debut in Buio Nella Valle (RAI II)
1992 Had featured role in the controversial French film Les Nuits Fauves/Savage Nights
1996 Appeared as Mrs. Rochester in Charlotte Bronte s Jane Eyre
1998 Co-starred in Something to Believe In
Appeared in a number of low-budget French or Italian films
Made stage acting debut at age 15
Raised by her mother near the French border with Germany


Les Femmes, 1969
La Vieille fille, 1971
Hellé, 1971
Cari genitori (Dear Parents), 1972
Last Tango in Paris, 1972
Reigen (Dance of Love), 1973
Jeune fille libre le soir (The Babysitter), 1975
Professione: reporter (The Passenger), 1975
Violanta, 1977
Io sono mia (I Belong to Me), 1978
Haine (Hate), 1979
La Dérobade (Memoirs of a French Whore), 1979
Een Vrouw als Eva (A Woman Like Eve), 1979
Weiße Reise (White Travel), 1980
Mamma Dracula (Mother Dracula), 1980
Sezona mira u Parizu, 1981
Merry-Go-Round, 1981
Cercasi Gesù, 1982
Balles perdues (Stray Bullets), 1982
Résidence surveillée, 1987
Bunker Palace Hôtel, 1989
Écrans de sable (Sand Screens), 1992
Au pays des Juliets (In the Country of Juliets), 1992
Savage Nights (Les Nuits fauves), 1992
Jane Eyre, 1996
Something to Believe In, 1998
Les Acteurs (Actors), 2000
The Repentant, 2002
Maigret (TV series), 2004
Au large de Bad Ragaz, 2004
Perds pas la boule! (Short), 2006
Quale amore, 2006
La vie d'artiste, 2007
La Clef (The Key), 2007
A.D. La guerre de l'ombre (TV mini-series), 2008
Cliente, 2008

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