I adore this photograph, it evokes the vision of a perfect and beautiful life, mother and son and an awesome maxi dress all in a lush inviting setting. In a word – ideal.
What I did not know was the tragedy behind the image. Romy Schneider was an exquisite beauty and a remarkable actress. Her private life was tumultuous. Her relationship with former Brix Pick hunk Alain Delon failed, as did her marriage to Harry Meyen, the father of her son David-Christopher.
Of his birth she said “You ask whether my life has changed much? Let's put it differently: I finally have one.” David Christopher died at fourteen by impalement while trying to climb a fence in the front yard. Romy soon followed in a possible suicide.