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Elke Sommer

Elke Sommer, born Elke von Schletz, is a German-born actress, entertainer and artist, who has starred in many Hollywood films. She was spotted by film director Vittorio De Sica while on holiday in Italy, and began appearing in films there in 1958. Also that year, she changed her surname from Schletz to Sommer, which was easier to pronounce for a non-German audience. She quickly became a noted sex symbol and moved to Hollywood in the early 1960s. She also became one of the most popular pin-up girls of the time, and posed for several pictorials in Playboy magazine, including the September 1964 and December 1967 issues. Sommer became one of the top film actresses of the 1960s. She made just shy of 100 film and television appearances between 1959 and 2005, including A Shot in the Dark with Peter Sellers, The Art of Love with James Garner and Dick Van Dyke, The Oscar with Stephen Boyd, Boy Did I Get a Wrong Number! with Bob Hope, the Bulldog Drummond extravaganza Deadlier Than the Male, The Wrecking Crew with Dean Martin, and The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz. In 1964, she won a Golden Globe award as Most Promising Newcomer Actress for The Prize, a film in which she co-starred with Paul Newman and Edward G. Robinson. A frequent guest on television, Sommer sang and participated in comedy sketches on episodes of The Dean Martin Show and on Bob Hope specials, made 10 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and was a panelist on the Hollywood Squares game show many times between 1973 and 1980, when Peter Marshall was its "Square-Master", or host. Sommer's films during the 1970s included the thriller Zeppelin, in which she co-starred with Michael York, and a remake of Agatha Christie's frequently filmed murder mystery Ten Little Indians. In 1972, she starred in two Italian horror films directed by Mario Bava: Baron Blood and Lisa and the Devil. The latter was subsequently re-edited (with 1975 footage inserted) to make a different film called House of Exorcism. Sommer went back to Italy to act in additional scenes for Lisa and the Devil, which its producer inserted into the film to convert it to House of Exorcism, against the wishes of the director. In 1975, Peter Rogers cast her in the British comedy Carry On Behind as the Russian Professor Vrooshka.[2] She became the Carry On films' joint highest-paid performer, at £30,000; this was an honor that she shared with Phil Silvers (who starred in Follow That Camel). Most of her movie work during the decade came in European films. After the 1979 comedy The Prisoner of Zenda, which reunited her with Sellers, the actress did virtually no more acting in Hollywood films, concentrating more on her artwork. She provided the voice for Yzma in the German release of The Emperor's New Groove. Sommer also performed as a singer, recording and releasing several albums. Description above from the Wikipedia article Elke Sommer, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Nov 5, 1940 In Berlin, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Bambi-Verleihung 1948-01-01
Latest Project:
Series Destiny Ridge 2022
Known For
Poster of Destiny Ridge
Poster of Die Harald Schmidt Show
Poster of The Love Boat
Poster of The Dick Cavett Show
Series Destiny Ridge Anna Hansen 2022
Series Wer weiß denn sowas? Self 2015-07-06
Movie Das Leben ist zu lang Alfis Mutter 2010-08-26
Series Tietjen und Hirschhausen herself 2009-09-25
Series Filmlegenden. Deutsch Herself 2006-01-14
Series Lafer! Lichter! Lecker! Unknown 2006-12-09
Movie Reblaus Maria Rüppel 2005-11-13
Movie Ewig rauschen die Gelder Mrs. von Korff 2005-11-19
Series Die WIB-Schaukel self 2001-01-01
Movie Nicht mit uns Andrea Paretti 2000-01-01
Movie Flashback Frau Lust 2000-04-06
Series Menschen der Woche Unknown 2000-09-30
Series Gisbert Unknown 1999-05-10
Movie Doppeltes Spiel mit Anne Frau Lorenz 1999-09-29
Movie Alles nur Tarnung Jutta 1996-11-14
Series Die Harald Schmidt Show Unknown 1995-12-05
Series Alfredissimo! - Kochen mit Bio Unknown 1994-12-27
Series Florian III Sonja Carpenter 1994-01-01
Series Happy Holiday Isabella Scattini 1993-02-24
Movie Severed Ties Helena Harrison 1992-09-02
Series Schmidteinander Unknown 1990-12-16
Movie Himmelsheim Helga Münzel 1989-03-02
Series Nachtcafé Unknown 1987-02-14
Movie Der Stein des Todes Kris Patterson 1987-07-02
Series Na siehste! Unknown 1987-11-04
Series ZDF-Fernsehgarten Self 1986-06-29
Series Peter the Great Charlotte 1986-02-02
Series Showgeschichten Self 1986-07-26
Movie Hollywood Ghost Stories Herself 1986-09-24
Movie Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Isabel Von Hohenstauffen 1986-12-07
Series Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Isabel Von Hohenstauffen 1986-12-07
Movie Jenny's War Eva Gruenberg 1985-10-25
Movie Lily in Love Alicia Braun 1984-10-17
Series The Winds of War Unknown 1983-02-06
Series Krimistunde Unknown 1982-04-08
Series St. Elsewhere Unknown 1982-10-26
Movie Inside the Third Reich Magda Goebbels 1982-05-09
Series Wanna bet, that..? Unknown 1981-02-14
Movie Der Mann Im Pyjama Frau Lachmann 1981-12-18
Series Heut' abend Self 1980-02-03
Series Verstehen Sie Spaß? Unknown 1980-01-31
Movie Top of the Hill Eva Heggener 1980-02-06
Series Die Pyramide Unknown 1979-03-16
Movie A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square Miss Pelham 1979-01-01
Movie The Fantastic Seven Rebecca Wayne 1979-05-30
Series NDR Talk Show herself 1979-02-09
Movie Jamaican Gold Ursula 1979-12-31
Movie The Prisoner of Zenda Countess Montparnasse 1979-08-17
Movie The Double McGuffin Prime Minister Kura 1979-06-01
Series Bio’s Bahnhof Unknown 1978-02-09
Movie I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses Magdalene Kruschen 1978-09-08
Movie Nicht von gestern Billie Dawn 1977-01-01
Series The Love Boat Benita James 1977-09-24
Movie One Away Elsa 1976-01-01
Movie The Astral Factor Chris Hartman 1976-02-01
Series The Muppet Show Unknown 1976-09-05
Movie The Swiss Conspiracy Rita Jensen 1976-09-01
Movie Meet Him And Die Perrone's Secretary 1976-10-08
Series Schnick-Schnack Self 1975-04-15
Movie The House of Exorcism Lisa Reiner 1975-04-02
Movie Carry On Behind Professor Anna Vooshka 1975-12-01
Movie Das Netz Christa Sonntag 1975-12-25
Movie One or the Other of Us Miezi 1974-04-22
Movie Percy's Progress Clarissa 1974-08-01
Series Der Große Preis herself 1974-09-05
Movie And Then There Were None Vera Clyde 1974-09-24
Series Je später der Abend herself 1973-03-18
Movie Die Reise nach Wien Toni Simon 1973-09-26
Movie Lisa and the Devil Lisa Reiner 1973-05-08
Movie Probe Heideline 'Uli' Ullman 1972-02-21
Movie Baron Blood Eva Arnold 1972-02-25
Movie Percy Helga 1971-02-18
Movie Zeppelin Erika Altschul 1971-04-22
Series Dalli Dalli Unknown 1971-05-13
Movie Perlico - Perlaco Unknown 1971-12-17
Series Münchner Bilderbogen Self 1970-02-03
Movie The Invincible Six Zari 1970-06-10
Series Unsere kleine Show Self 1969-04-14
Series Wünsch dir was herself 1969-12-20
Movie The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz Paula Schultz 1968-01-03
Movie They Came to Rob Las Vegas Ann Bennett 1968-02-07
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie The Wrecking Crew Linka Karensky 1968-12-30
Movie The Corrupt Ones Lilly Mancini 1967-01-20
Movie The Venetian Affair Sandra Fane 1967-01-18
Movie Deadlier Than the Male Irma Eckman 1967-02-12
Movie The Oscar Kay Bergdahl 1966-03-04
Movie Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! Didi 1966-06-08
Movie The Dolls Ulla (segment "Il Trattato di Eugenetica") 1965-01-27
Movie Hotel der toten Gäste Herself 1965-03-26
Movie The Money Trap Lisa Baron 1965-09-07
Movie The Art of Love Nikki 1965-06-30
Movie Tausend Takte Übermut Herself 1965-09-10
Series Der goldene Schuß herself 1964-11-26
Movie A Shot in the Dark Maria Gambrelli 1964-06-23
Movie Frontier Hellcat Annie Dillman 1964-12-08
Series Zwischenstation Self 1964-12-15
Movie Who Stole the Body? actrice 1963-02-01
Movie Seduction by the Sea Eva 1963-05-22
Series The Danny Kaye Show Self 1963-09-25
Movie The Victors Helga 1963-11-22
Movie The Prize Inger Lisa Andersson 1963-12-25
Movie Sweet Ecstasy Elke 1962-03-07
Movie Café Oriental Sylvia 1962-02-16
Movie Das Mädchen und der Staatsanwalt Renate Hecker 1962-03-08
Movie Nachts ging das Telefon Mabel Meyer 1962-11-02
Movie Le chien Elle 1962-03-10
Movie Bahía de Palma Olga 1962-10-22
Movie Daniella by Night Daniella 1961-04-28
Movie Und sowas nennt sich Leben Britta 1961-01-10
Movie Don't Bother to Knock Ingrid 1961-05-28
Series Musik aus Studio B Unknown 1961-10-22
Movie Auf Wiedersehen Suzy Dalton 1961-12-22
Movie Beloved Con Artist Barbara Shadwell 1961-12-16
Movie Lampenfieber Evelyne 1960-03-03
Movie Howlers of the Dock Giulia Giommarelli 1960-03-13
Movie Himmel, Amor und Zwirn Eva 1960-07-07
Movie The Warrior Empress Unknown 1960-08-24
Movie Intrigo a Taormina Greta 1960-12-22
Movie Men and Noblemen Unknown 1959-04-03
Movie La Pica sul Pacifico Rossana 1959-01-01
Series Stars in der Manege Unknown 1959-04-11
Movie The Day the Rains Came Ellen 1959-11-24
Movie Ship of the Dead Mylène Loureau 1959-10-01
Movie The Jukebox Kids Giulia Cesari 1959-08-13
Movie L'amico del giaguaro Greta 1958-01-01
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Bambi-Verleihung herself 1948-01-01