Romy Schneider was a German-French actress who rose to fame in the 1950s and 1960s. Born in 1938 in Vienna, Austria, Schneider came from a family of actors. Her mother, Magda Schneider, was a famous actress, and her father, Wolf Albach-Retty, was also an actor. Schneider began her acting career at the age of 15, playing a small role in the Austrian film “Wenn der Weissdorn blüht” (1953).
Schneider’s breakout role came in the 1955 film “Sissi,” in which she played the lead role of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The film was a huge success, both in Europe and internationally, and Schneider quickly became one of the most sought-after actresses in Europe.
Over the next decade, Schneider appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films, including “The Trial” (1962) and “The Cardinal” (1963). She also won a Cesar Award, the French equivalent of an Academy Award, for her role in the 1962 film “Boccaccio ’70.”
Romy Schneider was known for her tumultuous personal life, which often overshadowed her successful acting career. She had a stormy relationship with her mother and struggled with addiction and depression throughout her life. She was married twice and had several high-profile relationships.
Romy Schneider had a turbulent relationship with actor Alain Delon, whom she met while filming the movie “Christine” in 1958. After her breakup with Alain Delon, she married German director and actor Harry Meyen in 1966, and they had a son together named David Christopher. In 1978, Schneider’s 14-year-old son, David, died in a tragic accident, which deeply affected her.
Schneider also had love affairs with Oswalt Kolle, actor Bruno Ganz, Jean-Louis Trintignant, and Jacques Dutronc. She was also one of 374 women who publicly stated that they had undergone illegal abortions, which was highlighted on the cover of the magazine Stern. Schneider later married her private secretary, Daniel Biasini, with whom she had a daughter named Sarah. They divorced in 1981.
Schneider’s last romantic partner was film producer Laurent Pétin. In her biography, Romy Schneider intime, Schneider revealed that she had sexual relationships with women and was deeply in love with her close friend Simone Signoret.
Schneider’s personal struggles with depression, alcoholism, and drug addiction were well-documented in the media. She reportedly had several suicide attempts and was in and out of psychiatric clinics throughout her life.
Despite her personal troubles, Schneider was a talented and acclaimed actress who won numerous awards for her performances. Her legacy continues to be celebrated by fans and fellow actors alike.
On May 29, 1982, Schneider was found dead in her Paris apartment at the age of 43. The cause of death was officially listed as cardiac arrest, but many believe that Schneider died from an overdose of sleeping pills. Her death was a shock to her fans and the film industry, and it marked the end of a talented actress’s career.
In the years since her death, Schneider’s legacy has continued to live on. She remains one of the most beloved and influential actresses of her time, and her performances continue to inspire and captivate audiences around the world.