Maria Schneider, star of LAST TANGO IN PARIS, dead at 58

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 3rd, 2011

Maria Schneider, star of such films as LAST TANGO IN PARIS and THE PASSENGER, has died after an illustrious career. She was 58.

Truly breaking out at the age of 19 in the Bernardo Bertolucci masterpiece LAST TANGO IN PARIS, the actress found not only a heap of controversy to be waded through in the film’s wake, but also a troublesome production, later leading her to say that she “felt a little raped,” with regards to the film’s infamous “butter scene.” She spoke out against the way she was treated on the film, and while that didn’t directly effect her following career, it was something she found hard to overcome.

She would then be seen on the Michelangelo Antonioni masterpiece, THE PASSENGER, starring alongside another huge name (Marlon Brando was her co-star in TANGO), Jack Nicholson. Always one to pick the perfect director, se went on to work with the likes of Franco Zeffirelli (JANE EYRE) and even Marco Bellocchio, on his film, THE CONVICTION.

Her filmography may not be big, but it is powerful. Please, go hunt out this wonderful actress’ canon, it’s one that can’t be missed.

She will be missed.

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