End of a love affair: Brando's 'lover' dies
Friday 04 February 2011
Maria Schneider, the French actress best-known for her controversial steamy sex scenes in the 1972 film Last Tango in Paris, has died at the age of 58.
Schneider, who was just 19 when her performance opposite Marlon Brando caused outrage, died in Paris after a long illness.
French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand paid tribute to a "great artist" and to her "beauty, the detached irony of her look (and) the husky softness of her voice".
Credited with helping to introduce explicit sex to mainstream cinema, Schneider was a model when chosen for the role in Bernardo Bertolucci's film about a young Parisian woman who starts a sordid affair with a middle-aged American businessman. The graphic sex scenes led to the film being banned in several countries.
Schneider accused its star and director of exploiting her, saying she felt humiliated and "raped" by the "butter scene".
Schneider and Brando did not speak for some time after, but they were friends until his death. She later said: "Undoubtedly, my best experience about making the film was my encounter with Marlon."
- 1 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 2 HeForShe campaign: Iceland to follow up Emma Watson speech with UN women's rights conference – for men only
- 3 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 4 Teenagers irritable because early school hours mess with their biological clocks
- 5 Now we know whose fault it is if you end up being murdered in Thailand
Isis could become 'world’s first truly terrorist state' and bomb UK with nuclear and chemical weapons, Theresa May warns
Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
Car tax disc changes: Five facts you never knew about your (almost obsolete) tax disc
Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
- < Previous
- Next >
£28, 700: Whiskey Whiskey Tango: Property Management Company is seeking a brig...
£80 - 100k + Bonus: Guru Careers: A COO / Chief Operating Officer is needed to...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager / Training Manager (L&D /...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - Edgware, Lon...