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Catherine Schell as Nancy in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Catherine Schell as Nancy in On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Catherina Schell von Bauschlott (born July 17, 1944 in Budapest) is a Hungarian-born actress who rose to fame in various British film and television productions in the 1960s and 1970s. She acted under the name Catherine von Schell early in her career, but is best known by the name Catherine Schell. Image File history File links Catherineschell. ... Image File history File links Catherineschell. ... July 17 is the 198th day (199th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 167 days remaining. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... Nickname: Paris of the East, Pearl of the Danubeor Queen of the Danube Official website: www. ...



Fleeing Hungery in advance of the Nazis, her father, the Baron Paul von Schell Bauschlott was a well-known Hungarian diplomat until the Nazis confiscated their estates at the beginning of WWII. Her family lived in poverty until 1948, finally seeking asylum in Vienna and Salzburg in advance of Communism in Hungery. In 1950 her family emigrated to the United States, and Baron Paul von Schell Bauschlott renounced his Hungarian title in order for his family to gain citizenship. Catherine entered a convent school in New York's Staten Island area. In 1957 Paul von Schell joined Radio Free Europe and the family moved to Munich where Catherine developed an interest in acting and attended the prestigious Falconberg School.


Under the name Catherine von Schell she would make her film debut in 1964 as the title character in the little know German language film "Lana: Queen of the Amazons" (AKA "Lana - K├Ânigin der Amazonen").

While filming "The Amsterdam Affair" in 1968 she met and married actor William Marlowe (deceased 2004) and moved to London.

She would next appear in 1969 as Bond girl "Nancy" in the George Lazenby James Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," and as Clementine Taplin in the science fiction thriller "Moon Zero Two." George Lazenby as James Bond 007 George Samuel Lazenby Sr. ... The James Bond 007 gun logo James Bond, also known as 007 (pronounced double-oh seven), is a fictional British spy created by writer Ian Fleming in 1953. ... 2003 Penguin Books paperback edition On Her Majestys Secret Service is the eleventh James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, published in 1963. ...

In 1975 she would appear for the first time under the name Catherine Schell in the Peter Sellers comedy "The Return of the Pink Panther" as Lady Claudine Litton. It's reported that her appearance in the film caused complications as she would frequently break into uncontrollable laughter at the slightest prompting from Peter Sellers. A crutial scene in a hotel restaurant was shot many times unsuccessfully, and the final print of the film simply includes the footage of her bursting into laughter at Mr. Sellers actions. Peter Sellers on The Muppet Show This is about the British actor; for the American director, see Peter Sellars. ...

TV Roles

In 1975 she would appear in a first season episode of the BBC science fiction tv series Space: 1999 entitled Guardian of Piri in which she played the role of the "Gardian." She would return as a regular cast member in the second season in the role of Maya the alien "metamorph" from the planet Psycon, perhaps her most popular character. Left to right: Barbara Bain, Catherine Schell and Martin Landau from Space:1999s second season. ...

Her marriage to actor Marlowe had deteriorated by 1977 when she met director Bill Hays. They married in 1982 and worked together on the TV production of "A Month in the Country" in 1984.

In 1979 catherine Schell appeared in a very popular episode of the BBC series Doctor Who entitled City of Death as the Countess Scarlioni, wife of the episode's villain. The episode stars Tom Baker as the Doctor, and a guest appearance by legendary British comedian John Cleese. She also played regular roles in other television series such as The Adventurer, One By One and Wish Me Luck, in addition to many other guest appearances on television, including The Persuaders!, The Troubleshooters, Arthur of the Britons, Return of the Saint, The Sweeney, The Onedin Line, The Gentle Touch, Bergerac, The Bill, Howards' Way and Lovejoy. Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC about a mysterious time-travelling adventurer known only as The Doctor, who explores time and space with his companions, fighting evil. ... City of Death is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from September 29 to October 20, 1979. ... The Adventurer was an ITC Entertainment TV adventure series created by Dennis Spooner that ran for one season from 1972 to 1973. ... One By One is a British television series made by the BBC between 1984 and 1987. ... Wish Me Luck is a British television drama made by London Weekend Television for the ITV network between 1987 and 1990. ... The Persuaders! is a British television series, which first aired in 1970 and 1971 in Britains ITV and on the ABC Network in the United States. ... Mogul (later renamed The Troubleshooters) is a British television series made by the BBC between 1965 and 1972. ... Arthur of the Britons was a short-lived (1972–1973) but fondly remembered British television show about the historical King Arthur. ... Return of the Saint was a British action-adventure television series that aired for one season in 1978 and 1979 in Britain on ITV, and was also broadcast on CBS in the United States. ... For other uses of the name Sweeney, see Sweeney The Sweeney is a British television police drama focusing on two crime-fighting members of the Flying Squad, an elite branch of the British police force specialising in armed robbery and violent crime. ... The Onedin Line was a popular BBC television drama series that ran from 1971 to 1980. ... The Gentle Touch is a British television drama made by LWT for ITV. Commencing transmission on the 11th April 1980, the series is notable for being the first to feature a woman police detective as its leading character, beating the BBC series Juliet Bravo by four months. ... Bergerac can refer to either the British television detective show Bergerac, set in Jersey the French commune Bergerac, in the Dordogne département the French dramatist and biographical play of the same name, Cyrano de Bergerac This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise... The Bill is a long-running British television police procedural shown on ITV1, at 8PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays. ... Howards Way was a BBC drama series that ran from 1985 to 1990 that attempted to provide a British alternative to glossy American sagas such as Dallas and Dynasty, usually transmitted on Sunday evenings on BBC1. ... Lovejoy (The Lovejoy Mysteries in the U.S.) is a series of picaresque novels by John Grant (under the pen name Jonathan Gash) about the adventures of Lovejoy, a slightly unsavoury British antiques dealer, in East Anglia. ...

Current Status

Catherine Schell's acting career continued into the mid-1990s, after which she retired from acting and opened a small hotel in France which is a popular destination for fans of Space: 1999. She continues to make infrequent appearances at science fiction conventions, largely due to her husband's declining health. Bill Hays died on March 6th, 2006. A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis and especially for tourists. ...

External links

  Results from FactBites:
The Catherine Schell Page (733 words)
Catherine Schell was born Catherina Schell von Bauschlott, in Hungary, before her family escaped the Communist takeover when she was only a few years old.
Catherine is scheduled to make an appearance at the Telly Breakaway convention in the United Kingdom.
Catherine's appearance is billed as a 'World TV Convention Exclusive' since she is not known to attend fan conventions at all -- so this is probably the one and only chance you'd get to see her at one.
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