Following a long illness, French actress Maria Schneider has died in Paris at the age of 58.

Almost 40 years ago, she made an indelible impact on Hollywood, moving from model to actress and starring opposite Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci's controversial 1972 drama, 'Last Tango in Paris.' On paper, working with two cinematic greats should help foster a long and fulfilling career, but as the Guardian describes it, the role "came to both define and destroy her."

The sex in the movie earned the film an X-rating by the MPAA (now downgraded to NC-17), and though she once described those in the production as very close, in later years, she talked of the "suffering" and "compromising" of the film, calling Bertolucci a manipulator.
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