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Catherine Schell

Here are 5 short Sci-Fi songs, chosen to illustrate the beauty of cult actress Catherine Schell.
Catherine Schell (born Katherina Freiin Schell von Bauschlott in 1944 in Budapest, Hungary) is a Hungarian-born actress best known for her work in England with the BBC. Schell rose to fame in various British film and television productions in the 1960s and 1970s. She acted under the name Catharina (or Catherina) von Schell early in her career, but is better known by the name Catherine Schell. Schell's father, Baron Paul Schell von Bauschlott, was a diplomat for Hungary, while her mother was Countess Katharina Maria Etelka Georgina Elisabeth Teleki de Szék. At the beginning of the Second World War, the Nazis confiscated her parents' estates. Fleeing Hungary in advance of the Russians, the family lived in poverty until 1948, finding asylum first in Vienna and Salzburg. In 1950, they migrated to the United States, where Schell's father gained US citizenship. Schell entered a convent school in the New York City borough of Staten Island. In 1957, Paul Schell joined Radio Free Europe and the family moved to Munich, where Catherine developed an interest in acting and attended the prestigious Otto Falckenberg Academy of Performing Arts. Schell's brother Paul Rudolf (born 1940), now known as Paul von Schell, has appeared in some German-language productions, while another brother, Peter (1941-1968), died young. Their cousins include Maximilian and Maria Schell, both also actors. Through a German great-grandfather, Schell is related to Louis XIV of France, Philip II, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France, and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor. Under the name Catharina von Schell she made her film debut in 1964 as the title character in the little-known German-language film "Lana: Queen of the Amazons" ("Lana - Königin der Amazonen"). Still in 1964, she played in "Das Verrätertor" ("The Traitor's Gate", with Klaus Kinski). While filming "The Amsterdam Affair" in 1968 she met and married her first husband, the British actor William Marlowe (1932–2004) and moved to London. In 1969, she appeared as Bond girl "Nancy" in the George Lazenby James Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and as Clementine Taplin in the science fiction thriller "Moon Zero Two". In 1972, she appeared for the first time under the name Catherine Schell in "Madame Sin", an American television movie starring Bette Davis. In 1975, she appeared opposite Peter Sellers in the comedy "The Return of the Pink Panther" as Lady Claudine Lytton. In 1975 she appeared in a first season episode of the ITC television science fiction series "Space: 1999" entitled "Guardian of Piri", playing the guardian's robotic servant. She returned as a regular cast member in the second season in the role of Maya the alien "metamorph" from the planet Psychon, perhaps her most popular character. Her marriage to Marlowe was dissolved in 1977 and she met the director Bill Hays. They married in 1982 and in 1984 worked together on the TV production of "A Month in the Country". In 1979, she appeared in a popular serial of the BBC series "Doctor Who" entitled "City of Death" as the Countess Scarlioni, wife of the episode's villain. She also played regular roles in other television series such as "The Adventurer", "One By One", "Mog" and "Wish Me Luck", in addition to many other guest appearances, including "The Persuaders!", "The Troubleshooters", "Arthur of the Britons", "Return of the Saint", "The Sweeney", "The Onedin Line", "The Gentle Touch", "Lovejoy", "Bergerac", "The Bill" and "Howards' Way". Schell's acting career continued into the mid-1990s, after which she retired from acting and opened Maison Valentin, a small hotel in France which is a popular destination for fans of "Space: 1999". In retirement she has made infrequent appearances at science fiction conventions, largely due to the declining health of her second husband, Bill Hays, who died on March 6, 2006.
Enjoy Catherine Schell's grace!

2 commentaires:

Anonyme a dit…

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Anonyme a dit…

Some sources say that Maximillian and Maria Schell are not related to Catherine Schell. Do you know for certain if they are? I'm just curious. I am a fan, regardless.