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Maria Schell
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Maria Schell in Le notti bianche (1957)
Maria Margarethe Anna Schell

(1926-01-15)15 January 1926
Died 26 April 2005(2005-04-26) (aged 79)
Preitenegg, Carinthia, Austria
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1942–1996
Spouse(s) Horst Hächler (1957–1965; divorced; 1 child)
Veit Relin (1966–1988; divorced; 1 child)
Relatives Maximilian Schell (brother, dead)

Maria Margarethe Anna Schell (15 January 1926 – 26 April 2005) was an Austrian-Swiss actress. She won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival in 1956 for role in Gervaise.

Early life

Schell was born in Vienna, Austria. Her mother was Margarethe, an actress who ran an acting school. Her father was Hermann Ferdinand Schell, a Swiss poet, novelist and playwriter. Her parents were Roman Catholics. She was the older sister of actor Maximilian Schell.

Later life

Schell lived reclusively in ill health in Carinthia in the Austrian Alps until her death from pneumonia in Preitenegg, Austria on 26 April 2005, aged 79.

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