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Actress Who Played Brando’s Lover in the Breakthrough X-Rated ‘Last Tango in Paris’ Dead at 58

Feb 3, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The actress who played opposite Marlon Brando in "Last Tango in Paris’ has died at age 58, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The actress was Maria Schneider.

According to the article, "A representative of the Act 1 agency said Schneider died in Paris on Thursday "following a long illness," but declined to provide details.

Schneider was only 19 when she was in "Last Tango" in 1972, and according to Deadline.com, "the actress made no secret of her dislike for having been ‘manipulated’ into making the movie and vowed not to appear in a nude scene ever again. Although Schneider appeared opposite Jack Nicholson in ‘The Passenger’ in 1975, and in ‘Jane Eyre’ in 1996, her subsequent acting career consisted mostly of low-budget European films. "

The film’s sexual scenes were a breakthrough for mainstream movies and many critics blasted the film.

But Pauline Kael of The New Yorker, the most influential film critic at the time, gave "Last Tango," a film by Bernardo Bertolucci, a rave review, praising it as a true cinema breakthrough. Roger Ebert has called Kael’s review of the movie the most famous movie review ever written. To read Kael’s review of "Last Tango in Paris," please click here.

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