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On the set of The Passenger (1975): Michelangelo Antonioni and Maria Schneider, photo by Floriano Steiner

All Movie Photo: Left- Filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni, Right- Actress Maria Schneider, on the set of The Passenger (1975), photo by Floriano Steiner, courtesy of Sony Picture Classics © 2005 Sony Picture Entertainment Inc.

Maria Schneider, the French actress whose sex scenes with Marlon Brando in “Last Tango in Paris” set a new standard for explicitness onscreen, died on Thursday in Paris. She was 58.
A spokesman for her agency, Act 1, said that she had died after a long illness but provided no other details.
The baby-faced Ms. Schneider was only 19 when the Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci chose her above a hundred other actresses for the role of the free-spirited, mysterious Jeanne in “Last Tango” because, he once said, she seemed “like a Lolita, but more perverse.” (The New York Times: “‘Last Tango in Paris’ Star Maria Schneider Dies” by William Grimes, February 3rd, 2011)

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