French actress Maria Schneider, who starred opposite Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci’s controversial 1972 movie Last Tango in Paris, has died in Paris from cancer, a family member told news agency AFP. She was 58. She was the daughter of late French actor Daniel Gélin and model Marie-Christine Schneider, who raised her on her own. Maria Schenider will be buried at the famous Père-Lachaise cemetary, where Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde also rest.
Maria was only 20 when she was cast opposite 48-year-old Brando. Hit the jump to read more about her career and watch the trailer of Last Tango in Paris.
Although she had an international career, working in France, Germany and America – she lived in California for a few years – she chose her roles sparingly.
She appeared in supporting roles in many notable films, including the cult movie Les Nuits Fauves (1992) by Cyril Collard and Franco Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre (1992). Her last role was in Josiane Balasko’s Cliente in 2008.
She will be most remembered for her role in the erotic drama Last Tango in Paris. An international outcry followed its release. The film’s raw sexual content makes 9 and a Half Weeks look pretty tame. The MPAA gave it an X rating in the United States, but MGM released an R-rated cut in 1981. The original movie was eventually “downgraded” to NC-17 after revisions were made to the MPAA ratings code in 1997.
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