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Elke Sommer

Elke Sommer

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    • November 5th, 1940
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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Filmography

Acting (27 Credits)

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2000Flashback as Frau Lust
1992Severed Ties as Helena Harrison
1986Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna as Isabel Von Hohenstauffen
1986Peter the Great as Charlotte
1986Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna as Isabel Von Hohenstauffen
1984Lily in Love as Alicia Braun
1983The Winds of War
1982Inside the Third Reich as Magda Goebbels
1979The Prisoner of Zenda as Countess Montparnasse
1978The Astral Factor as Chris Hartman
1975Carry on Behind as Professor Anna Vooshka
1975The House of Exorcism as Lisa Reiner
1974Ten Little Indians as Vera Clyde
1973Lisa and the Devil as Lisa Reiner
1972Baron Blood as Eva Arnold
1971Zeppelin as Erika Altschul
1968The Wrecking Crew as Linka Karensky
1968They Came to Rob Las Vegas as Ann Bennett
1967Deadlier Than the Male as Irma Eckman
1966Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! as Didi
1966The Oscar as Kay Bergdahl
1965The Money Trap as Lisa Baron
1965The Art of Love as Nikki
1964A Shot in the Dark as Maria Gambrelli
1964Amongst Vultures as Annie Dillman
1963The Prize as Inger Lisa Andersson
1963The Victors as Helga

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