People, Mar. 3, 1975

Was it farce, tragedy or bathos? Maria Schneider, 22, star of Last Tango in Paris, signed herself into a psychiatric hospital while filming Carlo Ponti's The Babysitter in Rome. Not for treatment, but simply to be with her inseparable companion of the past two years, Joan ("Joey") Townsend, 28, the daughter of ex-president of Avis Robert Townsend, who wrote Up the Organization. Joan had been picked up that morning at Fiu-micino Airport, babbling irrationally. On learning that her friend had been taken to a psychiatric hospital, Maria rushed to join her. The following...

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