Romy Schneider: when the father of her son belittled her live

Romy Schneider: when the father of her son belittled her live

This Friday, May 20, France 3 broadcast Romy, free woman. A documentary which returned in particular to the stormy relationship between Romy Schneider and her first husband, Harry Meyen.

A toxic relationship. In the spring of 1965, shortly after her painful separation from Alain Delon, Romy Schneider crossed paths with a certain Harry Meyen. The German playwright is forty years old. Fourteen more than Romy Schneider. He is married. And he venerates the theater and has nothing but contempt for the cinema. However, the sublime actress believes in this idyll. She does everything for him, so that their relationship is wonderful. So she pays him for his divorce and soon after, they walk past the mayor and exchange their vows. At the time of their marriage, Romy Schneider is five months pregnant. On December 3, 1966, a little guy points the tip of his nose. A David whose fate will be tragic.

But right now, their happiness is indescribable. Except thata shadow hangs over their heads. Romy Schneider is “more and more fulfilled professionally” and “spends almost all his time in France“, reports the documentary Romy, free womanbroadcast this Friday, May 20 on France 3. The director, he stayed in Berlin where the operas he puts on “have no success“. Depressed and jealous of the success of his wife, Harry Meyen becomes odious and acerbic. “He drowns in addictions and the success of his wife sinks him even more. So as soon as he can, he tries to put her down. And Romy takes it, stoic“, says the documentary which takes as an example an interview given on German television. “Mr. Meyen, do you think your wife is guided by her emotions, or is she guided by reason?“, asks a journalist, while Romy Schneider is present at their side.

This contempt of Harry Meyen towards Romy Schneider

The playwright’s answer is without appeal: “Oh no ! Only the first part of your sentence is correct“, he loose. Elegant, Romy Schneider simply replies, with an embarrassed smile, that her husband “is cow. And Harry Meyen to continue without paying attention to the mother of his son: “It is indeed the truth. She is guided by her emotions. It is its singularity. With her, there is no calculation. She only acts on what she feels, in private and at work“. A blank in plateau follows.”Being unhappy does not excuse everything. Harry’s misogynistic contempt has become unbearable“, explains the documentary. Romy Schneider therefore moves away more and more from Harry Meyen, and finally decides to leave him in 1972. custody of their son.

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Newly married and young parents, Romy Schneider and Harry Meyen have everything to be happy

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But a shadow hangs over their heads

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While Romy Schneider is “more and more fulfilled professionally” and “spends almost all of her time in France”, Harry Meyen has remained in Berlin where the operas he stages “have no success”

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Depressed and jealous of the success of his wife, Harry Meyen becomes odious and acerbic

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“He is drowning in addictions and the success of his wife sinks him even more. So as soon as he can, he tries to put her down. And Romy cashes in, stoic”, says the documentary from France 3 which takes as an example an interview given on German television

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“Mr. Meyen, do you think that your wife is guided by her emotions, or that she is guided by reason?” Asks a journalist, while Romy Schneider is present at their side

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The playwright’s answer is clear: “Oh no! Only the first part of your sentence is right”, he blurts out.

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Elegant, Romy Schneider simply replies, with an embarrassed smile, that her husband “is cow”

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And Harry Meyen to continue without paying attention to the mother of his son: “It is indeed the truth. She is guided by her emotions. It is her singularity. At home, there is no calculation. She only acts depending on how she feels, in private as well as at work”

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“Being unhappy doesn’t excuse everything. Harry’s misogynistic contempt has become unbearable,” reports the documentary

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Romy Schneider therefore moved further and further away from Harry Meyen, and finally decided to leave him in 1972.

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