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April 18, 2020

Intimate Vintage Photos Capture the Love of Alain Delon and Romy Schneider

Once a golden couple, the romance between Alain Delon and Romy Schneider was highly publicized at the time. They fell in love during the filming of Christine in 1958. On March 20, 1959, the couple announced their engagement during their stay at the villa owned by Schneider’s parents in Switzerland. Schneider was introduced to Italian director Luchino Visconti by Delon, and together the couple gave performances in the Théâtre de Paris in John Ford’s stage play ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, a Visconti’s production which broke box office records in 1961.

Unfortunately, during their relationship, Delon had an affair with German entertainer Nico. In December 1963, Schneider and Delon decided to break their engagement, although they remained life-long friends and continued to work with each other in films such as La Piscine (1968), and The Assassination of Trotsky (1972).

Below are 24 vintage photographs that offer a look back at the couple during their romantic relationship:

Romy Schneider and Alain Delon having fun in the salon, Paris, June 1958. Photo by Paul Slade/Paris Match.

Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, hand in hand, walking the streets of Paris, June 1958. Photo by Paul Slade/Paris Match.

Romy Schneider and Alain Delon on the set of 'Christine,' Versailles, 1958. Photo by ullstein bild.

Alain Delon and Romy Schneider in a scene from the film 'Christine,' 1958. Photo by ullstein bild.

Alain Delon and Romy Schneider kissing on the set of 'Christine,' 1958. Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis.
Alain Delon and Romy Schneider chatting, Paris, October 1958. Photo by Roger Viollet.

Close look at Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, as the couple is dancing, March 1959. Photo by ullstein bild.

Alain Delon nestling against Romy Schneider, as the couple is having tea and listening to music in their private mansion, Paris, March 1959. Photo by Georges Menager/Paris Match.

Alain Delon and Romy Schneider having lunch in their private mansion, Paris, March 1959. Photo by Georges Menager/Paris Match.

Alain Delon and Romy Schneider taking a boat trip on Lake Lugano, Italy, March 1959. Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive.

Alain Delon and Romy Schneider aboard a small boat passing under a bridge on the shores of Lake Lugano, Switzerland, 1959. Photo by Georges Menager/Paris Match.

Alain Delon kissing Romy Schneider on the cheek aboard a small boat on the shores of Lake Lugano, Switzerland, 1959. Photo by Georges Menager/Paris Match.

Alain Delon and Romy Schneider at a café on Via Veneto, Rome, October 1959. Photo by Licio D'aloisio/Reporters Associati & Archivi/Mondadori.

Close look at Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, as they are looking into each other, 1961. Photo by ullstein bild.

Alain Delon with a white dove on his hand as Romy Schneider smiling at him, 1961. Photo by Jochen Blume/ullstein bild.

Romy Schneider and Alain Delon playing badminton, 1961. Photo by Jochen Blume/ullstein bild.

Alain Delon and Romy Schneider playing badminton, 1961. Photo by Jochen Blume/ullstein bild.

Alain Delon and Romy Schneider kissing in the actress' dressing room during the production of 'Dommage Qu'Elle Soit Une P' at the Théâtre de Paris, March 1961. Photo by Maurice Jarnoux/Paris Match.

Alain Delon and Romy Schneider performing 'Dommage Qu'Elle Soit Une P,' at the Théâtre de Paris, March 1961. Photo by Roger Viollet.

Alain Delon hugging Romy Schneider on the banks of the Seine, after their performance at the Théâtre de Paris, March 1961. Photo by Maurice Jarnoux/Paris Match.

Romy Schneider and Alain Delon on the banks of the Seine after their performance at the Théâtre de Paris, March 1961. Photo by Maurice Jarnoux/Paris Match.

Romy Schneider holding the face of Alain Delon, who is kneeling in front of her in their living room, Paris, 1961. Photo by Philippe Le Tellier/Paris Match.

Alain Delon and Romy Schneider kissing in front of the fireplace in their living room, Paris, 1961. Photo by Philippe Le Tellier/Paris Match.

Romy Schneider and Alain Delon on the balcony of Sainte-Genevieve Hospital, Nice, April 1962. Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone.




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