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Also Known As: Marie Christine Glin Died: February 3, 2011
Born: March 27, 1952 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: actor

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This sultry brunette actress began appearing in secondary parts in 1969 but came to prominence opposite Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci's study of existential eroticism, "Last Tango in Paris" (1972). Schneider also starred opposite Jack Nicholson in Antonioni's "The Passenger" (1975) before her career was tarnished by scandal and drug use. Her high profile relationship with American heiress Joan Townsend had a negative effect as well, and her subsequent career consisted of mostly undistinguished, low-budget European films along the lines of "Memoirs of a French Whore" (1979) and "Mamma Dracula" (1980). In 1992, Schneider appeared in the controversial French film "Les Nuits fauve" ("Savage Nights") and was tapped by Franco Zeffirelli to play Mrs. Rochester in "Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre" (1996). More recently, she was featured as a woman who has faith in miracles in "Something to Believe In" (1998). The last movie she appeared in, director Guillaume Nicloux's "The Key," was released in 2007. Schneider passed away at age 59 after a long battle with cancer on Feb. 3, 2011.

This sultry brunette actress began appearing in secondary parts in 1969 but came to prominence opposite Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci's study of existential eroticism, "Last Tango in Paris" (1972). Schneider also starred opposite Jack Nicholson in Antonioni's "The Passenger" (1975) before her career was tarnished by scandal and drug use. Her high profile relationship with American heiress Joan Townsend had a negative effect as well, and her subsequent career consisted of mostly undistinguished, low-budget European films along the lines of "Memoirs of a French Whore" (1979) and "Mamma Dracula" (1980). In 1992, Schneider appeared in the controversial French film "Les Nuits fauve" ("Savage Nights") and was tapped by Franco Zeffirelli to play Mrs. Rochester in "Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre" (1996). More recently, she was featured as a woman who has faith in miracles in "Something to Believe In" (1998). The last movie she appeared in, director Guillaume Nicloux's "The Key," was released in 2007. Schneider passed away at age 59 after a long battle with cancer on Feb. 3, 2011.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Quale Amore (2006)
3.
 Les Acteurs (2000) Herself
4.
 Jane Eyre (1996) Mrs Rochester
5.
 Passenger, The (1995) Girl
6.
 Au Pays des Juliets (1992) Raissa
7.
 Savage Nights (1992) Noria
8.
 Ecrans de Sable (1991) Sarah
9.
 Bunker Palace Hotel (1989) Muriel
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Made stage acting debut at age 15
1969:
Made feature acting debut in "Cesar Grand Blaise"
1973:
Gained international prominence starring opposite Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris"
1975:
Appeared opposite Jack Nicholson in "The Passenger"
1984:
Made her TV debut in "Buio Nella Valle"
1992:
Had featured role in the controversial French film "Savage Nights"
1996:
Appeared as Mrs. Rochester in "Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre"
1998:
Co-starred in "Something to Believe In"
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Notes

"I never actually said I was a lesbian. I said I was bisexual, which I think I was." --Maria Schneider commenting on her past in the London TIMES, May 17, 1998

On her fame after the release of "Last Tango in Paris", Schneider told the London TIMES (May 18, 1998): "I was just so unprepared for what was going to happen to my life. I have never forgiven Bertolucci for this and have not seen or spoken to him since. He was a powerful personality and manipulative. I have never had a good relationship with men and, looking back, Bertolucci used me. At the time, I thought nudity was beautiful. I had no problems taking my clothes off. But I became trapped in his fantasy,"

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companion:
Joan Townsend. Had relationship in the 1970s.

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father:
Daniel Gelin. Actor, director, poet. Schneider did not meet her father until she was 16.

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