Maria Schell (1926–2005)

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Maria Schell studied in a religious institution in Colmar (Haut-Rhin, France). She received a dramatic training in Zurich, Switzerland. To pay her studies, she was a secretary there. Besides being a film star; Maria appeared in plays in Zurich, Basel, in Vienna (Josefstad Theater), Berlin, Munich (Kammerspiel Theater), at the Salzburg Festival and... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 15 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Superman Vond-Ah
Gervaise Gervaise Macquart Coupeau, une blanchisseuse douce et courageuse
Affairs of Dr. Holl Angelika Alberti


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 1998 La passion du docteur Bergh (TV Movie)
Madame Herstäl
 1975-1996 Tatort (TV Series)
Aebtissin / Evelyn Stürznickel
- Heilig Blut (1996) ... Aebtissin
- Die Abrechnung (1975) ... Evelyn Stürznickel
 1995 Der Clan der Anna Voss (TV Mini Series)
Anna Voss
- Das Vermächtnis (1995) ... Anna Voss
- Der Rückschlag (1995) ... Anna Voss
- Die Bedrohung (1995) ... Anna Voss
- Die Entdeckung (1995) ... Anna Voss
- Der Verdacht (1995) ... Anna Voss
 1993 Maria des Eaux-Vives (TV Mini Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1993) ... Maria
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Maria
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Maria
 1987-1991 Die glückliche Familie (TV Series)
Maria Behringer
- Die schreckliche Wahrheit (1991) ... Maria Behringer
 1991 Le dernier mot (TV Movie)
Maria Wagner
 1989 Schmunzelgeschichten (TV Series)
 1988 Herbst in Lugano (TV Movie)
 1985 Nineteen Nineteen
Sophie Rubin
 1984 King Thrushbeard
královna, Michalova matka
 1984 Der Trauschein (TV Movie)
Ella Brozowsky
 1984 Samson and Delilah (TV Movie)
 1983 Das Traumschiff (TV Series)
 1983 Elisabeth von England (TV Movie)
Elisabeth von England
 1982 Der Besuch der alten Dame (TV Movie)
Claire Zachanassian
 1982 Frau Jenny Treibel (TV Movie)
Jenny Treibel
 1981-1982 ... und die Tuba bläst der Huber (TV Series)
Dr. Rita Heller, die 'Gamerin'
- Die musikalische Therapie (1982) ... Dr. Rita Heller, die 'Gamerin'
- Alte Liebe (1981) ... Dr. Rita Heller, die 'Gamerin'
 1982 Der Zerrissene (TV Movie)
Madame Schleyer
 1982 Inside the Third Reich (TV Movie)
Mrs. Speer
 1982 The Passerby
Anna Helwig
 1980 Der Thronfolger (TV Movie)
Königin Sophia Dorothea
 1980 Liebe bleibt nicht ohne Schmerzen (TV Movie)
Dr. Agnes Schranz - Episode 4
 1980 The Martian Chronicles (TV Mini Series)
Anna Lustig
- The Martians (1980) ... Anna Lustig (credit only)
- The Settlers (1980) ... Anna Lustig
- The Expeditions (1980) ... Anna Lustig (credit only)
 1979 Der Wald (TV Movie)
 1979 Christmas Lilies of the Field (TV Movie)
Mother Maria
 1979 Moral (TV Movie)
Lina Beermann
 1979 The First Polka
Valeska Piontek
 1978 Superman
 1978 Just a Gigolo
Pauls Mutti Frau von Przygodski
 1978 Spiel der Verlierer
Anna Friedrichs
 1977-1978 Derrick (TV Series)
Luisa van Doom / Erika Rabes
- Klavierkonzert (1978) ... Luisa van Doom
- Yellow He (1977) ... Erika Rabes
 1977 Teerosen (TV Movie)
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Mrs. Hauser
 1976 Kojak (TV Series)
Sister Lepar Angelica / Princess Viva Dushan
- The Pride and the Princess (1976) ... Sister Lepar Angelica / Princess Viva Dushan
 1976 The Twist
 1976 Die Heiratsvermittlerin (TV Movie)
Mrs. Dolly Levi
 1975 Hallo Peter (TV Series)
 1975 So oder so ist das Leben (TV Movie)
Katja Crohnen
 1975 Die Ohrfeige (Short)
 1975 Change
 1975 Das Konzert (TV Movie)
Maria Heink
 1969-1975 Der Kommissar (TV Series)
Erna Gutmann / Frau Pajak / Irene Pauli
- Am Rande der Ereignisse (1975) ... Erna Gutmann
- Der Tod von Karin W. (1973) ... Frau Pajak
- Schrei vor dem Fenster (1969) ... Irene Pauli
 1974 Die Kurpfuscherin (TV Movie)
Amalie Hohenstern
 1974 The Odessa File
Frau Miller
 1974 The Little Doctor (TV Series)
- Das Arsenschloss (1974) ... Ernestine
 1973 Occupation (TV Series) (1973)
 1973 Immobilien (TV Movie)
Louise Strothmann
 1973 Assignment: Vienna (TV Series)
Olga Compani
- So Long, Charley (1973) ... Olga Compani
 1972 Fritz Muliar Schau (TV Series)
- Theater (1972)
 1972 Marie (TV Movie)
 1972 Die Pfarrhauskomödie
 1972 Chamsin
 1972 Dust in the Sun
Gertie Bradford
 1972 Die keusche Susanne (TV Movie)
Dessen keusche Gattin Susanne
 1971 Willy und Lilly (TV Movie)
 1971 Olympia - Olympia (TV Movie)
 1970 La provocation
 1970 The Bloody Judge
Mother Rosa
 1969 Schwabinger Vorstadtbrettl (TV Series)
- Episode dated 30 April 1969 (1969) ... Transplantationspatientin
 1969 99 Women
Leonie Caroll
 1969 The Devil by the Tail
La comtesse Diane
 1969 Die Drehscheibe (TV Series)
- Episode dated 5 February 1969 (1969) ... Singer
 1969 Die ungarische Hochzeit (TV Movie)
Kaiserin Maria Theresia
 1965 Nora oder Ein Puppenheim (TV Movie)
Nora Helmer
 1965 Who Has Seen the Wind? (TV Movie)
Maria Radek
 1963 Whiskey and Sofa
Beate Dehn
 1963 The Murderer Knows the Score
Agnès Duvillard
 1962 Only a Woman
Lilli König
 1961 Das Riesenrad
Elisabeth von Hill
 1961 The Mark
Ruth Leighton
 1960 Cimarron
Sabra Cravat
 1960 Ninotchka (TV Movie)
 1959 As the Sea Rages
 1958-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Maria / Gret
- For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 2 (1959) ... Maria
- For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 1 (1959) ... Maria
- Word from a Sealed-Off Box (1958) ... Gret
 1959 The Hanging Tree
Elizabeth Mahler
 1958 Duel in the Forest
 1958 One Life
Jeanne Dandieu épouse de Lamare
 1958 The Brothers Karamazov
 1957 Le Notti Bianche
 1957 The Sins of Rose Bernd
Rose Bernd
 1956 Love
Anna Ballard
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Helena Friese-Greene
- The Magic Box (1956) ... Helena Friese-Greene
 1956 Gervaise
Gervaise Macquart Coupeau, une blanchisseuse douce et courageuse
 1955 Die Ratten
Pauline Karka
 1955 Napoleon
L'archiduchesse Marie-Louise d'Autriche
 1955 Herr über Leben und Tod
Barbara Bertram, geb. Hansen
 1954 The Last Bridge
Dr. Helga Reinbeck
 1953 Tagebuch einer Verliebten
Barbara Holzmann
 1953 As Long as You're Near Me
Eva Berger
 1953 The Heart of the Matter
Helen Rolt
 1953 Der träumende Mund
 1952 Bis wir uns wiedersehn
 1952 So Little Time
Nicole de Malvines
 1951 The Magic Box
Helena Friese-Greene
 1951 Affairs of Dr. Holl
Angelika Alberti
 1950 Es kommt ein Tag
 1950 The Angel with the Trumpet
Anna Linden
 1948 After the Storm
Gretel Aichinger
 1948 Maresi
Blanka von Steinville - Tochter
 1948 The Angel with the Trumpet
Selma Rosner
 1942 Steibruch
Meiti (as Gritli Schell)
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Other Works:

Shot a special promotional trailer for The Hanging Tree (1959)).

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 21 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Gritli Schell


5' 4" (1.63 m)


Veit Relin  (divorced)  (1 child) | See more »


Oliver Schell | See more »


Hermann Ferdinand Schell | Margarete Schell Noé


Maximilian Schell (sibling) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

Memory is the most important thing in life, nobody can take it from you. See more »


Became one of the first movie idols to the postwar generation in the German-speaking countries with her distinctive "smile under tears". See more »



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