Romy Schneider (23 September 1938 â€“ 29 May 1982) was a film actress born in Vienna who held
German and French citizenship. She started her career in the German Heimatfilm genre in
the early 1950s when she was 15. From 1955 to 1957, she played the central character of
Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the Austrian Sissi trilogy. Schneider moved to France where she
made successful and critically acclaimed films with some of the most notable film directors of that era.
Schneider soon starred in Christine (1958), a remake of Max OphÃ¼ls's 1933 film Liebelei (in which her mother
Magda Schneider had played the same role). It was during the filming of Christine that Schneider fell in love with
French actor Alain Delon, who co-starred in the movie. She left Germany to join him in Paris and they announced
their engagement in 1959.Schneider and Delon decided to separate in 1963 although they remained close
lifelong friends. They continued to work together in such films as La Piscine (The Swimming Pool, 1968),
which revitalized her career, and The Assassination of Trotsky (1972).