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Overview (3)

Born in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
Died in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany
Birth NameMagdalena Schneider

Mini Bio (1)

Magda Schneider was born on 17 May 1909 in Augsburg, Germany and a singer, stage and film actress. After her graduation at a monastery school, she studied stenography and office management at a business school, but also attended ballet lessons and art courses at the Augsburg School of Music. Six months later, she gave her stage debut as soubrette at the Gärtnerplatz- Theater in Munich and was discovered by Ernst Marischka, who offered her a role at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. After her film debut Boykott (1930), she was type casted as the simple girl, dreaming of a happy life in movies such as Zwei in einem Auto (1932) or Ein Mädel wirbelt durch die Welt (1934). In 1933, she got to know Wolf Albach-Retty, whom she married four years later. Their children Rosemarie (aka Romy Schneider) and Wolf-Dieter were born in 1938 and 1941, but they divorced in 1945. After World War II, she appeared on stage and screen again, but was better known as ambitious mother, who urged on the career of her daughter Romy. In the 1950s, she played her mother or aunt in several movies such as Wenn der weiße Flieder wieder blüht (1953) or Sissi (1955). In the last years of her life, she had to bear the death of her grandson David in 1981 and her daughter Romy in 1982. She died on 30 July 1996 in Berchtesgaden, Germany.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: fippi2000

Spouse (3)

Horst Fehlhaber (1982 - 30 July 1996) ( her death)
Hans Herbert Blatzheim (1953 - 1968) ( his death)
Wolf Albach-Retty (11 May 1937 - 1949) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (20)

Mother, with Wolf Albach-Retty, of daughter Romy Schneider.
Grandmother of Sarah Biasini and David Haubenstock.
Played her real life daughter Romy Schneider's character's mother in six movies: Wenn der weiße Flieder wieder blüht (1953), Sissi (1955), Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin (1956), The Girl and the Legend (1957), Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin (1957) and Die Halbzarte (1959).
Born to Xaverius Schneider, a plumber, and his wife Maria Meier-Hörmann.
Like several other actors, she once visited Adolf Hitler at his mountain residence Berghof (1941).
Is interred in the Bergfriedhof, a cemetery in Berchtesgaden.
She made her stage debut at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich.
She launched her real film career with movies like "Zwei in einem Auto" (1932) and eventually "Liebelei" (1933) - one of her best movies in which she could unfold her whole acting talent.
She had her first appearance as a singer in the play "Die Fledermaus". It followed engagements in Ingolstadt, Munich and Vienna.
She and Albach-Retty separated and the marriage ended in divorce in 1945.
She attended a Catholic girls' school and a commercial college, where-after she worked as a stenographer in a grain store. At the same time, Schneider studied singing at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory in Augsburg and ballet at the municipal theater.
After the war, offers for movies initially were few.
During World War II, Schneider lived in the Bavarian Alps near Hitler's retreat in the Obersalzberg above Berchtesgaden. Schneider was a guest of Hitler's, who declared that she was his favorite actress.
In the 1960s, Magda Schneider also starred in TV series.
At the beginning of the 60's she retired from the film business.
Schneider again began filming in 1948 and promoted her daughter's career with the joint appearance in the 1953 film When the White Lilacs Bloom Again directed by Hans Deppe, a typical 1950s Heimatfilm which was the film debut of 14-year-old Romy Schneider. In the same Magda Schneider married the Cologne restaurant owner Hans Herbert Blatzheim.
Magda Schneider's role in the 1933 film Liebelei was also played by her daughter, Romy Schneider, in the 1958 remake Christine.
While filming in 1933, Schneider met her future husband, the Austrian actor Wolf Albach-Retty. The couple married in 1937 and had two children: Rosemarie Magdalena, called Romy, and Wolf-Dieter, later a surgeon, born in 1941.
Schneider drew the attention of the Austrian director Ernst Marischka who called her to the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, and in 1930 gave Schneider her first film role.
Magda Schneider arranged further appearances with her daughter in several movies such as Mädchenjahre einer Königin (Victoria in Dover), the films of the Sissi trilogy based on the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, with Romy Schneider starring in the title role and Magda Schneider playing the role of her mother Princess Ludovika of Bavaria, and in the 1958 film Die Halbzarte (Eva).

Personal Quotes (1)

On her daughter Romy Schneider's death: "Was um Himmels willen ist natürlich am Tod einer schönen jungen Frau von 43 Jahren?" ("What in heaven's name is natural about the death of beautiful young woman of 43?")

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