Maria Schell

Movie Actress

Maria Schell was born in Vienna, Austria on January 15th, 1926 and is the Movie Actress. At the age of 79, Maria Schell biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, movies, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 15, 1926
Switzerland, Austria
Place of Birth
Vienna, Austria
Death Date
Apr 26, 2005 (age 79)
Zodiac Sign
Actor, Biographer, Film Actor, Stage Actor, Writer
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Maria Schell Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Horst Hächler (1957–1965; divorced), Veit Relin (1966–1986; divorced)
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Maria Schell Life

Maria Margarethe Anna Schell (January 1926-1926 – April 25, 2005) was an Austrian-Swiss actress.

She appeared in German cinema in the 1950s and 1960s.

In 1954, she was given the Cannes Best Actress Award for her role in Helmut Käutner's war drama The Last Bridge, and in 1956, she captured the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Gervaise.

Early life

Schell was born in Vienna, Austria, in the daughter of actress Margarethe (née Noé von Nordberg (1905-1955), who ran an acting school, and Hermann Ferdinand Schell (1900–1972), a Swiss poet, novelist, playwright, and owner of a pharmacy, was born in 1905. Her parents were Roman Catholics. She was the older sister of actress Maximilian Schell (1927-1992) and Immaculata "Immy" Schell (1935-1992).

Her family and her family immigrated to Zürich, Switzerland, after the Anschluss in 1938. Maria Schell started commercial training, but she soon joined film when she met Swiss actor and producer Sigfrit Steiner.

Personal life

Schell married twice, first to film producer Horst Hächler (divorced in 1965) and second to director Veit Relin (divorced in 1986). Marie Theres Relin, a television and internet star who was born 1966, married Bavarian playwright Franz Xaver Kroetz (born 1966) and had three children; she appeared on television and internet as a spokeswoman for housewives (If Pigs Could Fly). Die Hausfrauenrevolution, 2004.

Schell confessed to having a passionate love affair with Glenn Ford in 1960, where their film Cimarron was shot on location. In his 2011 biography Glenn Ford: A Life, Ford's son Peter shared her life. Schell gave Ford a dachshund puppy named Bismarck in 1981. In his later years, as he became sick and bedridden, the dog became his favorite and a regular source of warmth for him. He had it cremated and requested that its ashes be buried with him on his burial, which was not possible when Ford died in 2006.


Maria Schell Career


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 The Magic Box, 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 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 in 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 titled Christmas Lilies of the Field. In 1959 she appeared on "What's my Line?" as the mystery guest on February 15. In 1970, Maria Schell starred opposite Christopher Lee in The Bloody Judge by Jesús Franco.

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 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.


Maria Schell Awards

Decorations and awards

  • 1951-1957, 1987, 2002: Bambi award
  • 1954: Honorable Mention at the Cannes International Film Festival for The Last Bridge
  • 1956: Volpi Cup at the 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
  • 2008: Maria Schell street named in Landstrasse (Vienna's 3rd District, area Aspanggründe / Euro-gate)