Best known for her turns as the youthful Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi)-whose 19th-century reign spawned a trilogy of popular German films in the late 1950s and for French films of the late '60s and '70s, Romy Schneider wooed international audiences with a mix of aristocratic poise and sex appeal.
Born into a family of actors in 1938 Vienna, Schneider caught the bug and by 20, the successive releases of Sissi (1955), Sissi: The Young Empress (1956), and Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress (1957) made Schneider an international star. And, as auteurs from Luchino Visconti and Orson Welles to Otto Preminger and Claude Sautet would eventually find, under the corsets, crinoline skirts, and costume jewelry, there existed a brave and passionate performer.
Following Sissi, Schneider was quick to shelve the image of a naïve little girl and moved into more challenging, sexy and provocative roles...
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