Friday, December 23, 2011

Catherine Schell


What could be more fabulous than the European loveliness of one Catherine Schell.

You knew it was coming. After the tribute to Gabrielle Drake and Wanda Ventham from UFO and one for Barbara Bain of Space:1999 you knew an homage to the stunningly beautiful Catherine Schell [1944-present] couldn't be far behind. Schell may be the only woman who could possibly pull off sexy in sideburns as Maya from the wonderful world of Gerry Anderson's Space:1999.

Schell managed to be smart, sexy and wear a Moonbase Alpha uniform that still highlighted some of the most incredible legs in the known and unknown universe that simply would not quit. Outstanding!

Schell was born in Budapest, Hungary as Katherina Freiin Schell von Bauchlott. Schell has appeared in a number of productions including James Bond 007's On Her Majesty's Secret Service [1969] and Moon Zero Two [1969] the same year. Schell starred opposite Peter Sellers in The Return Of The Pink Panther [1975]. She became part of the Doctor Who universe [or Whoniverse] when she appeared in the Fourth Doctor entry, City Of Death [1979], opposite the incomparable Tom Baker.

Schell has appeared in a number of other projects and even opened a guest house in France for a short period years later.

Before becoming a regular for the second year of Space:1999, Schell guest starred in Year One's Guardian Of Piri [click here for greater detail]. One thing is certain, Schell will always reside in the hearts of Space:1999 fans and be remembered as the shape-shifting and extraordinarily beautiful Maya from Space:1999, Year Two.



le0pard13 said...

She's pretty fabulous, alright. Great spotlight, SFF. Cheers.

Albert Leon said...

I love Catherine Schell and Maya is my favorite character on SPACE:1999. Thanks for the great post.

The Sci-Fi Fanatic said...

Thank you Albert for stopping and saying so. Fortunately there are a lot of us Maya fans that keep the flame for her burning! : )

The Sci-Fi Fanatic said...

Thanks L13 for the always supportive words!

Steve Does Comics said...

I think I can say without a moment's doubt that Catherine Schell was the first woman I ever loved (unless you count Red Sonja, who, unlike Catherine, didn't really exist).

The Sci-Fi Fanatic said...

Boy, I might have to agree with that statement.

It was her, maybe Lindsay Wagner, but it's close.

They both arrived around the same time and I was in love.

Cliff said...

Great pix! Here's a little bit more on her B movie career, if you're interested:

Sci-Fi Fanatic said...

Thanks very much Cliff.