Elke Sommer

Actor, TV host, Writer
An archetypal blonde bombshell in the tradition of Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot, Elke Sommer had been born amid the devastation of World War II and raised by her Protestant parents to revere God and animals ... Read more »
Born: 11/05/1940 in Berlin, DE

Filmography

Actor (59)

Das leben ist zu lang 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Destiny Ridge 1993 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Severed Ties 1991 (Movie)

Helena Harrison (Actor)

The Exciting World of Speed & Beauty 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Himmelsheim 1989 (Movie)

Helga (Actor)

Dom DeLuise and Friends, Part 4 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Stone 1985 (Movie)

Kris Patterson (Actor)

Lily in Love 1985 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Invisible Strangler 1984 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Celebrity Daredevils 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prisoner of Zenda 1979 (Movie)

Natalie--Countess (Actor)

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Exit Sunset Boulevard 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Forever Fernwood 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Not the Size That Counts 1978 (Movie)

Clarissa (Actor)

The Double McGuffin 1978 (Movie)

Prime Minister Kura (Actor)

And Then There Were None 1975 (Movie)

Vera Clyde (Actor)

Carry on Behind 1974 (Movie)

Professor Anna Vooshka (Actor)

Das Netz 1974 (Movie)

Christa Sonntag (Actor)

La Casa dell'Exorcismo 1974 (Movie)

Lisa Reiner/Elena (Actor)

The Swiss Conspiracy 1974 (Movie)

Rita Jensen (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (12/10/72) 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Einer von uns Beiden 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gli Orrori del Castello di Norimberga 1972 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

Search 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (03/13/72) 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Elke 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (12/07/70) 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Ver-r-r-ry Interesting 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Las Vegas 500 Milliones 1969 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

Percy 1969 (Movie)

Helga (Actor)

The Heroes 1969 (Movie)

Zari (Actor)

Zeppelin 1969 (Movie)

Eric Altschul (Actor)

The Wrecking Crew 1968 (Movie)

Linka Karensky (Actor)

Deadlier Than the Male 1967 (Movie)

Irma Eckman (Actor)

The Jack Benny Special 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Venetian Affair 1966 (Movie)

Sandra Fane (Actor)

Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! 1965 (Movie)

Didi (Actor)

Le Bambole 1965 (Movie)

Ulla (Actor)

The Art of Love 1965 (Movie)

Nikki Dunay (Actor)

The Money Trap 1965 (Movie)

Lisa Baron (Actor)

The Oscar 1965 (Movie)

Kay Bergdahl (Actor)

A Shot in the Dark 1964 (Movie)

Maria Gambrelli (Actor)

Don't Bother to Knock 1964 (Movie)

Ingrid (Actor)

The Prize 1963 (Movie)

Inger Lisa Andersen (Actor)

The Victors 1962 (Movie)

Helga (Actor)

Inside the Third Reich (TV Show)

Actor

Jenny's War (TV Show)

Actor

Neat and Tidy (TV Show)

Actor

Painting With Elke Sommer (TV Show)

Actor

Peter the Great (TV Show)

Actor

Stunt Seven (TV Show)

Actor

The Top of the Hill (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An archetypal blonde bombshell in the tradition of Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot, Elke Sommer had been born amid the devastation of World War II and raised by her Protestant parents to revere God and animals. Maturing into a strapping young woman who seemed the personification of beauty in nature, Sommer was discovered by an Italian film producer while on vacation in Italy and cast in a string of features, graduating in time from bit parts to lead roles. After a short Continental career and work in France, Spain, England and Germany, Sommer's goddess-like demeanor and sly comic timing drew the attention of the Hollywood studios. An international superstar thanks to plum (and often semi-clad) roles alongside Paul Newman in "The Prize" (1963), Peter Sellers in "A Shot in the Dark" (1964) and Bob Hope in "Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number" (1965), Sommer augmented her celebrity status by posing nude for Playboy , cementing her reputation as a jet set sex kitten. When opportunities dried up in Hollywood, she returned to the Continent for a wide variety of projects, among them Mario Bava's "Lisa and the Devil" (1972), Peter Collinson's "Ten Little Indians" (1975) and Richard Quine's "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1979), which reunited her with Sellers. A fixture on talk shows, award ceremonies and quiz programs, and a fierce competitor at tennis, golf and Formula 1 racing, Sommer sailed past retirement age at full steam, living life to the extreme and entirely on her own terms.

Relationships

Joe Hyams

Husband
married in 1964

EDUCATION

University of Erlangen

studied to become a linguist and diplomatic interpreter

attended schools in Erlangen, North Bavaria and England

Milestones

1993

Was series regular on the Canadian TV show "Destiny Ridge"

1989

Hosted "The Exciting World of Speed and Beauty" on The Nashville Network (TNN)

1986

Had featured roles in the NBC miniseries "Peter the Great" and "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna"

1985

Wrote and hosted the PBS series "Painting with Elke Sommer"

1984

Hosted "Elke Sommer's World of Speed and Beauty" (syndicated)

1982

Co-starred as Magda Goebbels in the ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich"

1980

Had featured role in the syndicated miniseries "Top of the Hill"

1970

Headlined the CBS special "Elke"

1960

English-language screen debut, "Don't Bother to Knock"

1959

Screen debut, "Das Totenschiff"

1956

Emigrated to Britain and worked as an au pair

Was a frequent guest on TV variety specials hosted by Bob Hope

Bonus Trivia

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Sommer's paintings have been exhibited in numerous gallery shows.

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She was awarded the Peking Medallion for "The Corrupt Ones" in 1967.

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