Friday, April 24, 2015

Austria 2015 - Austrians in Hollywood - Maria Schell

ISSUE DATE: 24 April 2015
STAMP DESIGN: Kirsten Lubach
PRINTER: Joh.Enschedé stamps BV 
PRINTING PROCESS: Offset-Stich (Etch-Art by OeSD)

Ten years ago, died one of the best-known German actresses of the post-war period, which could also achieve international success. The Austrian Post is dedicating a special stamp Maria Schell from the series "Austrians in Hollywood." 

The design of the stamp is from the year 1951. The daughter of a Swiss writer and a Viennese actress Anna Maria Margarete Schell was born on 15 January 1926 in Vienna. After the Anschluss in 1938 the family lived in Switzerland. 1942, Maria Schell, then called Gritli, her first film role in the Swiss film "Steibruch" (Swiss for quarry). Then she took acting lessons and played her first lead role in 1948 in "The Angel with the Trumpet" next to the former Stars Paula Wessely, Attila and Paul Hoerbiger and Oskar Werner. Numerous successful German films, many with OW Fischer, followed; for her role in "The Last Bridge", she received a 1954 award at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1958 she played alongside Yul Brynner in "The Brothers Karamazov", in the 1950s and 1960s was followed by other Hollywood films starring Gary Cooper and Glenn Ford as well as countless other film and television productions in German, French and English speaking. 
In the theater, she was always working and turned some successful literary adaptations, such. As "Schinderhannes" or "A Doll's House". In later years, she was seen mainly in supporting roles of big Hollywood productions such as "Superman" (1978) and in the German TV series. Finally, they but withdrew more and more from the public and lived in a mountain hut in Carinthia. Increasing depression led to a suicide attempt, her health was badly bruised. 2002 turned her brother Maximilian Schell, also an internationally highly successful actor and Oscar-winner, the portrait of "My Sister Maria", which also thematized their increasing dementia. On 26 April 2005 Maria Schell eventually died of pneumonia. Her two children from two marriages, Oliver Schell and Marie Theres Relin, as her siblings Maximilian, Carl and Immy is also an actor. Maria Schell was one of the most famous actresses of the post-war period. She played alongside stars such as Romy Schneider, Curd Jürgens, Marcello Mastroianni or Orson Welles. Maria Schell shaped the German cinema scene of the fifties with her girlish, innocent charm - their emotional representation, this "laughter through tears," earned her the nickname "soul" one, but with whom she was never quite happy.