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'Last Tango in Paris' Star Maria Schneider Died of Cancer

February 4, 2011 (4:14 am) GMT
The French actress who starred alongside Marlon Brando in the controversial film died at the age of 58 in Paris, France on February 3.

French actress Maria Schneider has died at the age of 58 after a long illness. Schneider, best known as Marlon Brando's lover in Bernardo Bertolucci's 1972 movie "Last Tango in Paris", passed away in Paris, France on Thursday, February 3. She had been battling cancer.

The actress, whose dad was French actor Daniel Gelin, was just 19 when she was cast opposite Brando, then 48, in the romantic drama about a young Parisian woman and a middle-aged man who have an affair.

Schneider went on to star with in the existential drama "The Passenger", and a string of other films including "Haine" and "Jane Eyre".

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