There are several reasons to remember German actress Romy Schneider, who did most of her best work in the French cinema but made some serious noise in Hollywood in the Sixties, including The Cardinal, opposite Tom Tryon, and What’s New Pussycat, in which she plays the fiancée of an unrepentant womanizer played by Peter O’Toole. How unrepentant, you ask?
RS: We’re married thirty seconds and already you look at other women.
PO: I had to look at her, she was talking to me, I looked in the direction the sound was coming from.
A very Woody Allen-ish exchange, which seems reasonable, inasmuch as it was written by Woody Allen.
Schneider’s life spiraled rapidly downward in 1981, when her teenage son David died after trying to climb a wire fence and slashed an artery. When she was found dead in her Paris apartment the following spring, she was believed to have committed suicide. French officials ruled she hadn’t. She was forty-three; she would have been seventy-four tomorrow.