Maria Schneider, Actress in ‘Last Tango,’ Dies at 58
Published: February 3, 2011
UNITED ARTISTS, via Public Theater
A spokesman for her agency, Act 1, said she had died after a long illness but provided no other details.
The baby-faced, voluptuous Ms. Schneider was only 19 when the Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci chose her for the role of the free-spirited, mysterious Jeanne in “Last Tango.” She seemed, he said in explaining the choice, “like a Lolita, but more perverse.” The part was originally intended for Dominique Sanda, who dropped out after becoming pregnant.