Maria Shell

Picture of Maria Shell

Date of Birth: 01/15/1926

Age: 79

Citizenship: Switzerland


Maria Schell - the daughter of the Swiss writer Hermann Ferdinand Schell and Viennese actress Margarethe Noe von Nordberg. Together with his brothers Karl and Maximilian and sister Immi Maria brought up in Austria, and after the Anschluss Shelley family in 1938, will leave la country, having moved to Zurich.

In 1942, Maria abandoned his studies of commerce, when her acting talent noticed Zigfrit Steiner and she got a role in "Quarry" (it. Steibruch) with the participation of Henry Gretlera. Then, still under the name Gritli, who had no professional education, Shell began to study acting skills and received from several theaters job offers. In 1948, the actress once again drew attention to the film.

The first major role of Maria Schell was the film "Angel with a trumpet" (1949).

Helmut Koytnera film "The Last Bridge" brought Maria Schell in 1954, the Grand Prix of the International Film Festival in Cannes for Best Actress. In the same year she was awarded the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for the title role in the film laundress "Gervaise", nominated as the "Oscar" for best foreign language film. In the lobby of the hotel in Hollywood, where Maria Schell was on the occasion of the awards, she met with Yul Brynner, offered her a role Grushenka in the film adaptation of "The Brothers Karamazov."

Maria Schell also starred with Gary Cooper and Glenn Ford. In the 60-ies. Maria has returned to the stage, and also worked in television.

In 1991, suicide attempt Maria Schell was the focus of many publications. In 1994-1995, the Shell played in the TV saga "Clan Anna Foss," which became one of her last television work. The last years of the life of Maria Schell spent in seclusion in his parents` home in Carinthia. The last time Maria Schell appeared on screens in 1996 in the TV crime series "Tatort" (it. Tatort). In 2002, Mary`s brother Maximilian Schell took of her documentary film "My Sister Maria".

From 1957 to 1965. Maria Schell was married to director Horst Hehlerom, and from 1966 to 1986 - with the director Veit Relin. In the first married Maria Schell she gave birth to her son Oliver, and the second - the daughter of Marie-Therese, who also became an actress.