Tragic life of Romy Schneider
Beautiful Austrian-born German film actress Romy Schneider (23 September 1938 – 29 May 1982) had a short and tragic life, as if cursed for her beauty. Born Rosemarie Magdalena Albach on September 23, 1938 in Vienna, in the family of German film star Magda Schneider and hereditary Austrian actor Wolf Albach-Retty. In addition, her grandmother was also actress Rosa Albach-Retty. In 1945, Romy’s parents divorced, Rosemarie and her brother Wolfie stayed with their mother Magda. Romy starred in the first movie in 1953 in “When the white lilacs bloom again”. Then starred in a number of entertaining movies in Austria and Germany. Since the early 60s of XX century Romy Schneider acted in the films of many famous filmmakers of Italy, UK, France, USA, where her acting talent was fully revealed.
In 1958, Romy Schneider starred with Alain Delon in the movie “Christine”. During the filming Schneider fell in love with her partner – French actor Alain Delon. After this movie Romy Schneider and Alain Delon became lovers. She left Germany to join him in Paris and they announced their engagement in 1959. But in 1963, Delon broke relations with Romy for a new romance with his future second wife Natalie. Seriously hurt Romy tried to commit suicide.
Romy Schneider married a German actor and director Harry Mayen, and gave birth to a son, David (3 December 1966 – 5 July 1981). In 1975, they divorced, and in April 1979 Harry Mayen committed suicide. July 5, 1981 an accident killed the son of Romy Schneider – David. Climbing over the fence of the villa, he lost his balance and hit a belly with iron bars. Romy became depressed, began to drink alcohol and sleeping pills. Nevertheless, she starred in the movie “Under the preliminary investigation” and “passers of Sanssouci”.
Second husband of Romy became her personal secretary Daniel Biasini. Their joint daughter Sarah Biasini later also became a film actress.
May 29, 1982, shortly before the premiere of the new film “passers of Sanssouci” with her participation, 43-year-old Romy Schneider was found dead in her Paris apartment. Death of the actress caused rumors about her suicide. According to the official version, she died of a heart attack. Romy Schneider was buried in the cemetery Boissy 50 km from Paris. At the urging of Alain Delon, who took the lead in organizing the funeral ashes of Romy Schneider’s son David was reburied next to his mother’s grave.
The French journalist Eugene Moineau initiated in 1984 the Romy Schneider Prix. This prize is the most prestigious award for promising actresses in the French film industry. In 1990, the Austrian newspaper Kurier created the Romy TV Award in honor of Schneider. In 2003, she was voted 78th on the list of the greatest Germans in the German TV program Unsere Besten (the German version of 100 Greatest Britons), the second highest ranked actress (Marlene Dietrich was 50th) on that list. Until 2002, the Austrian Federal Railways Inter City service IC 535 from Wien Sudbahnhof to Graz was named “Romy Schneider”.
Tragic life of Romy Schneider
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