Although Old Hollywood legends and royal princesses alike may have been revered for their enviable style and penchant for luxury, they also grappled with troubled upbringings and tumultuous relationships throughout their lifetimes. Delving past the curtain of glamorous celebrity, Secret Moments is a series humanizing the icons of yesterday. French actress Maria Schneider sprung into the film world at the age of 19 years old. She became quickly typecast as a sex symbol, due to her nude scenes in Last Tango in Paris. As a young woman guiding her way through the industry alone, Schneider's chilling experiences led to the demise of something she once loved.
Maria Schneider (actress)
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In at the age of nineteen she starred opposite Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris , but traumatized by a rape scene and hounded by unsavoury publicity she subsequently declined to appear nude in roles for even the most prestigious directors. Although Michelangelo Antonioni 's The Passenger showcased her abilities, a reputation for walking out of films mid-production resulted in her becoming persona non grata in the industry. An incautious attitude to drugs and their toll on her mental health made what should have been banner years for Schneider increasingly chaotic. However, she re-established stability in her personal and professional life in the early s, and became an advocate for equality and improving the conditions actresses worked under. She continued acting in film and TV until a few years before she died in after a long illness.
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