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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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Born:
Nov 5, 1940 In Berlin, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
75
First Appeared:
In the series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Latest Project:
Series Wer weiß denn sowas? 2015-07-06
Known For
Poster of Uomini e nobiluomini

Elke Sommer Movies Filmography

Series
Wer weiß denn sowas?
herself 2015-07-06
Movie
Das Leben ist zu lang
Alfis Mutter 2010-08-26
Movie
Ewig rauschen die Gelder
Mrs. von Korff 2005-11-19
Movie
Flashback
Frau Lust 2000-04-06
Movie
Alles nur Tarnung
Jutta 1996-11-14
Series
Die Harald Schmidt Show
Unknown 1995-12-05
Movie
Severed Ties
Helena Harrison 1992-09-02
Movie
Der Stein des Todes
Kris Patterson 1987-07-02
Movie
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
Isabel Von Hohenstauffen 1986-12-07
Series
ZDF-Fernsehgarten
herself 1986-06-29
Series
Peter the Great
Charlotte 1986-02-02
Series
The Winds of War
1983-02-06
Series
St. Elsewhere
Unknown 1982-10-26
Movie
Inside the Third Reich
Magda Goebbels 1982-05-09
Movie
Top of the Hill
Eva Heggener 1980-02-06
Movie
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Miss Pelham 1979-01-01
Movie
The Fantastic Seven
Rebecca Wayne 1979-05-30
Movie
The Double McGuffin
Prime Minister Kura 1979-06-01
Movie
Jamaican Gold
Ursula 1979-12-31
Movie
The Prisoner of Zenda
Countess Montparnasse 1979-08-17
Movie
I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses
Magdalene Kruschen 1978-09-08
Movie
The Astral Factor
Chris Hartman 1978-02-01
Series
The Love Boat
Benita James 1977-09-24
Movie
Meet Him And Die
Perrone's Secretary 1976-10-08
Series
The Muppet Show
Unknown 1976-09-05
Movie
The Swiss Conspiracy
Rita Jensen 1976-09-01
Movie
One Away
Elsa 1976-01-01
Movie
The House of Exorcism
Lisa Reiner 1975-04-02
Movie
Das Netz
Christa Sonntag 1975-12-25
Movie
Carry On Behind
Professor Anna Vooshka 1975-12-01
Movie
And then there were none
Vera Clyde 1974-09-24
Movie
Percy's Progress
Clarissa 1974-08-01
Movie
One or the Other of Us
Miezi 1974-04-22
Movie
Die Reise nach Wien
Toni Simon 1973-09-26
Movie
Lisa and the Devil
Lisa Reiner 1973-05-08
Movie
Baron Blood
Eva Arnold 1972-02-25
Movie
Percy
Helga 1971-02-18
Series
Dalli Dalli
Unknown 1971-05-13
Movie
Zeppelin
Erika Altschul 1971-10-06
Movie
The Invincible Six
Zari 1970-06-10
Movie
The Wrecking Crew
Linka Karensky 1968-12-30
Series
The Dick Cavett Show
Herself - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie
They Came to Rob Las Vegas
Ann Bennett 1968-02-07
Movie
The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz
Paula Schultz 1968-01-03
Movie
Deadlier Than the Male
Irma Eckman 1967-02-12
Movie
The Corrupt Ones
Lilly Mancini 1967-01-20
Movie
The Venetian Affair
Sandra Fane 1967-01-18
Movie
The Oscar
Kay Bergdahl 1966-03-04
Movie
Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!
Didi 1966-06-08
Movie
Tausend Takte Übermut
Herself 1965-09-10
Movie
The Money Trap
Lisa Baron 1965-09-07
Movie
The Art of Love
Nikki 1965-06-30
Movie
Hotel der toten Gäste
Herself 1965-03-26
Movie
The Dolls
Ulla (segment "Il Trattato di Eugenetica") 1965-01-27
Movie
Frontier Hellcat
Annie Dillman 1964-12-08
Movie
A Shot in the Dark
Maria Gambrelli 1964-06-23
Movie
Seduction by the Sea
Eva 1963-05-22
Movie
The Prize
Inger Lisa Andersson 1963-12-25
Movie
The Victors
Helga 1963-11-22
Movie
Bahía de Palma
Olga 1962-10-22
Movie
Sweet Ecstasy
Elke 1962-03-07
Movie
Auf Wiedersehen
Suzy Dalton 1961-12-22
Movie
Beloved Con Artist
Barbara Shadwell 1961-12-16
Movie
Don't Bother to Knock
Ingrid 1961-05-28
Movie
Und sowas nennt sich Leben
Britta 1961-01-10
Movie
Lampenfieber
Evelyne 1960-03-03
Movie
The Warrior Empress
1960-08-24
Movie
Howlers of the Dock
Giulia Giommarelli 1960-03-13
Movie
Intrigo a Taormina
Greta 1960-12-22
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
Uomini e nobiluomini
1959-04-03
Series
The Academy Awards
Unknown 1953-03-18
Series
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Unknown 1951-12-24