Thursday, February 3, 2011;
Maria Schneider, Actress
Maria Schneider, 58, a French actress who was Marlon Brando's young co-star in the 1972 erotic drama "Last Tango in Paris," died Feb. 3 in Paris. She had cancer, People.com reported.
Ms. Schneider was 19 when she starred opposite Brando in "Last Tango," which was directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and received an X rating in some parts of the world. In the movie, Ms. Schneider played a Parisian woman who agrees to anonymous sex with a middle-aged American businessman (Brando) who is grieving his wife's suicide.
The film was praised by top critics, including Pauline Kael, for Brando's highly improvised acting. One improvisation involved a sex act, and Ms. Schneider later spoke of being "humiliated" and "a little raped both by Marlon and Bertolucci."
Her advice to young actresses: "Never take your clothes off for middle-aged men who claim that it's art."
Ms. Schneider was born Marie Christine Gelin and was the daughter of French actor Daniel Gelin. After "Last Tango," she appeared with Jack Nicholson in Michelangelo Antonioni's enigmatic thriller "The Passenger" (1975), but her career was sidetracked by a turbulent personal life that included drug overdoses and a suicide attempt.
She later returned to acting and made more than two dozen films, most of them French.Charles Sellier, Film producer
Charles Sellier, 67, a producer of Christian films and creator of the book and TV series "The Life and Time of Grizzly Adams," died Jan. 31 at his home near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. No cause of death was reported.
Mr. Sellier (pronounced sel-ee-AY) produced dozens of family-friendly films and TV shows, many of them with religious themes, such as "In Search of Noah's Ark" (1976).
He was perhaps best known in the 1970s for creating Grizzly Adams, a fictional book and TV character who flees bounty hunters and rescues a bear cub that becomes a companion.
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