Maria Schell – an Austrian actress who achieved international fame

May 16th, 2015 got to know that Austrian Post issued a commemorative stamp dedicating to Maria Schell. This item is a part of the series under the title "Austrians in Hollywood". The stamp motif dates from 1951. The issue was released and put into circulation on the 24th of April.

Maria Margarethe Anna Schell was an Austrian/Swiss actress, who won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival in 1956 for Gervaise.

Maria Schell was one of the most famous actresses of the post-war period. Her romantic dramas with her dream film partner O. W. Fischer were extremely popular and won her Bambi awards year after year, but her talent went far beyond this. She acted alongside stars such as Romy Schneider, Curd Jürgens, Marcello Mastroianni and Orson Welles.

Maria Schell had an important effect on the German cinema scene of the 1950s with her girlish innocence and charm – her sensitive performances, her "laughing with tears", earned her the nickname "Seelchen", with which, however, she was never really happy.