Romy Schneider's Interesting Facts

1 Was strongly considered to play the title role in Mademoiselle (1966) by the time Georges Franju had been approached to direct the project. But Franju had grown enamored with the acting skills of his frequent collaborator Emmanuelle Riva, whom he introduced to screenwriter Jean Genet as his ideal pick for the part. Genet was very enthusiastic about the idea and, when Franju mentioned Schneider, he stated: 'You've shown me a jewel, I won't swop it against a false pearl, and German at that'. Franju never helmed the project and later remarked that he would have made the movie straight away had he agreed to Romy's casting, but he had been too partial to Emmanuelle. The film was eventually directed by Tony Richardson and starred Jeanne Moreau.
2 Claude Pétin - Schneider's friend and Laurent Pétin's sister - says that Schneider no longer drank at the time of her death, and that her cardiac arrest was due to a kidney operation she had months before.
3 She and Pascale Ogier are the only actors to receive a posthumous César nomination, for their performances in La passante du Sans-Souci (1982) and Full Moon in Paris (1984), respectively.
4 Was close friends with her Sissi (1955) co-star, Karlheinz Böhm.
5 Older half-sister of Sacha Darwin.
6 Friends with Austrian actor Helmut Berger and French designer Coco Chanel. She would often wear clothes design by Chanel during the 1960s and 1970s.
7 Good friend, Simone Signoret, convinced Romy to do her last film, after the tragic death of her son, David Haubenstock.
8 A telephone chart representing Romy circulated in France in 1994, at the time of a campaign celebrating French cinema, with images of actors and actresses extracted from films and showing them on the telephone. The phone card with Romy, was a photograph extracted from La Piscine (1969)).
9 She smoked up to three packets of Marlboro cigarettes per day.
10 In January 1981, Alain Delon and Romy were named "the actors preferred by the public" in a French magazine.
11 Recorded with Michel Piccoli the song entitled "Helene", for their film The Things of Life (1970)).
12 Engaged to Horst Buchholz (1957-1958).
13 Was once considered and in talks with director Claude Lelouch to play the part of Anne Gauthier (that eventually went to Anouk Aimée) in A Man and a Woman (1966), but couldn't come to an agreement.
14 Is portrayed by Yvonne Catterfeld in "Romy" (2011) and Jessica Schwarz in Romy (2009).
15 Was close friends with Yves Montand.
16 Best friends with French actor Michel Piccoli.
17 Her favorite co-star was the French actor Michel Piccoli.
18 The Prix Romy Schneider, named after her, has been awarded to young actresses by the French movie business since 1984.
19 30 October 1974: Her appearance on Je später der Abend... (1973) made German television history when she passionately remarked to Burkhard Driest, a bank robber and author: "Sie gefallen mir. Sie gefallen mir sehr." (I like you. I like you a lot.).
20 Alain Delon placed a piece of paper with the following words on her tomb: "Tu n'as jamais été aussi belle, tu vois j'ai appris quelques mots allemands pour toi: Ich liebe dich meine Liebe" (You have never been so beautful, you see that I learned some words in German for you: I love you my love).
21 Her last longtime companion was Laurent Pétin, who found her dead in her Paris apartment on 29 May 1982. Although she was declared to have died from cardiac arrest, the media suggested that she committed suicide by taking a cocktail of alcohol and sleeping pills.
22 1999: Was voted "Greatest actress of all time" by the readers of French newspaper "Le Parisien".
23 Was good friends with Marlene Dietrich, one of her idols.
24 2000: Is portrayed on a 110 + 50 pfennig postage stamp by Deutsche Post.
25 24 November 2006: Ranked #3 in a survey by network ZDF searching Germany's all-time favorite actor, which made her the highest ranked woman.
26 1953: Graduated at the Goldstein boarding school near Salzburg, Austria.
27 Pro-choice activist and supporter of the feminist movement.
28 She never overcame the loss of her son. She suffered from depressions after his death resulting in an alcohol problem.
29 Pedro Almodóvar's film All About My Mother (1999) is partially dedicated to her.
30 After her first movie, Wolf Albach-Retty wrote his daughter: "Put your childhood in your pocket and run away because that's everything you have!".
31 Her son - with Harry Meyen - David-Christopher (David Haubenstock) died in France on 5 July 1981 after being impaled on a fence.
32 Was nicknamed "Miss worried".
33 Is buried at Boissy-Sans-Avoir cemetery.
34 Her first husband Harry Meyen, a stage director, committed suicide in Hamburg on 15 April 1979.
35 Had a younger brother named Wolfgang Albach-Retty.
36 Shares birthday with French stage actor Jean Piat, singer Ray Charles, actor Gino Paoli and Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.
37 Was good friends with director Luchino Visconti.
38 Her role as Chantal in Garde à vue (1981) was played by Monica Bellucci in the American remake of the film Under Suspicion (2000).
39 Stepfather was Hans-Herbert Blatzheim, a pub owner in Cologne/ Germany.
40 Cesar award winner.
41 Was good friends with French actor Jean-Claude Brialy and French TV presenter Michel Drucker.
42 30 April 2005: Ranked #1 in a list by tabloid "Bild" searching the "50 most beautiful Germans ever".
43 Good friends with German Bundeskanzler Willy Brandt. She was one of many celebrities supporting his politics of social novation.
44 In 8 Women (2002), when Louise (Emmanuelle Béart) shows a picture of her former employer, it is a picture of Romy Schneider.
45 Portrayed on a postage stamp issued on Oct. 3, 1998 by the French Post Office.
46 Mother of Sarah Biasini and David Haubenstock.
47 Engaged to Alain Delon from 1959 to 1964.
48 Granddaughter of Rosa Albach-Retty and Karl Albach.
49 Daughter of Wolf Albach-Retty and Magda Schneider
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