Determined to tread her own path, Austrian film sensation, Romy Schneider was talented, honest, prickly, loving and ultimately tragic. The star of over sixty movies including the cult, Whats New Pussycat? Bloodline, The Assassination of Trotsky, The Cardinal and The Victors, at the height of her fame she ranked alongside Bardot, Loren and Cardinale. Reviled by the German Press when she fell in love with Alain Delon and moved to Paris and took French citizenship, she was sought out by the worlds top producers and directors. Incredibly beautiful, after a brief flirtation with Hollywood, she chose to return to Europe where her talent shone brightly until her untimely death in 1982, aged just forty three. Romy has recently become a magnate for film makers and is currently the subject of two rival biopics. One is to be a big screen feature film and the other a high profile TV production. Jessica Schwarz of Perfume fame, is slated to play the lead role in Torsten Fischers Romy. It is to be produced by Berlin based Phoenix-Film and has been written by Benedikt Roeskau. Shooting for the TV premier starts in Autumn 2009.
Singer-actress Yvonne Catterfeld will play Schneider in Warner Bros' A Woman Like Romy, directed by Josef Rusnal. Raymond Danon, who produced Romys last film in 1982, The Passerby, will produce the $36 million French-German co-production. It will launch in 2010.