Schneider, Romy

BORN 23 Sep 1938, Wien: Billrothkrankenhaus - DIED 29 May 1982, Paris: Rue Barbet de Jouy 11
BIRTH NAME Albach-Retty, Rosemarie Magdalene
CAUSE OF DEATH overdose of sleeping pills (possibly suicide)
GRAVE LOCATION Boissy-Sans-Avoir, Yvelines: Cimetière

Romy Schneider was born in Vienna as the daughter of the actors Wolf Albach-Retty and Magda Schneider. Her parents divorced in 1945 and she was raised by her mother. Her stepfather, the restaurateur Hans Herbert Blatzheim, was actively involved in her career.

She made her film debut in 1953 in "Wenn der weiße Flieder wieder blüht". Her part as Empress Elisabeth of Austria in "Sissi" (1955) made her famous. Magda Schneider played Elisabeth's mother Sophia and Karl Heinz-Böhm was Emperor Francis Joseph. They made two sequels in 1956 and 1957. In 1958 she appeared in a remake of "Mädchen in Uniform". When she made "Christine" (1958) she fell in love with Alain Delon and they were engaged in 1959. She moved to France and during the next years she worked with Orson Welles and Visconti. In 1963 her relationship with Delon ended.

In 1965 she met actor and director Harry Meyen and they married in 1966. They had a son, David. In 1968 she starred with Delon in "La Piscine". In 1972 she played Elisabeth one more time, but now in Visconti's "Ludwig" Elisabeth was an older and more bitter woman.

In 1975 she divorced Meyen and in December of that year she married her former private secretary Daniel Biansini, who was ten years her junior. In 1977 their daughter Sarah was born. In 1976 she received a Cesar for her part in "Nachtblende" that she dedicated to Visconti, who had recently died. In 1979 she won another Cesar.

In 1981 she and Biansini split up bit her son David decided to stay with his stepfather. His father Harry Meyen had committed suicide in 1979. David killed himself in 1981 when he tried to climb a spiked fence. He was death before Romy reached the hospital.

After this she started drinking heavily. In 1982 she started living with Laurent Petin in Paris. When she wanted to buy a house in Boissy-sans-Avoir it became clear that her stepfather had embezzled much of her money and she had difficulties financing it. Before she moved to Boissy-sans-Avoir she took a large dose of sleeping pills after Petin had gone to bed and he found her death the next morning. She was buried in Boissy-sans-Avoir and Alain Delon arranged the reburial of her son David beside her.

• Father: Albach-Retty, Wolf
• Mother: Schneider, Magda
• Husband: Meyen, Harry (1966-1975)

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The grave of Romy Schneider at Boissy-Sans-Avoir.
Picture by Androom (18 Feb 2016)


The grave of Romy Schneider at Boissy-Sans-Avoir.
Picture by Androom (18 Feb 2016)


Romy Schneider - Wikipedia

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Published: 13 Mar 2016
Last update: 19 Apr 2022