Elke Sommer (born in 1940)

Elke Sommer (born in 1940) is a German born actress, entertainer and artist. She was born as Elke Schletz in Berlin. She started appearing in films in Italy in the late 1950's. She quickly became a noted sex symbol and moved to Hollywood in the early 1960's. She became one of the most popular pin-up girls of the time and posed for several pictorials in PB Magazine. She became one of the top movie actresses of the 1960's and made 99 movie and television appearances between 1959 and 2005, including "A Shot in the Dark" (1964) with Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau, "The Art of Love" (1965) with James Garner and Dick Van Dyke, "The Oscar" (1966) with Stephen Boyd, "Boy, Did I Get A Wrong Number!" (1966) with Bob Hope, the Bulldog Drummond extravaganza "Deadlier Than the Male" (1966) and "The Wrecking Crew" (1969) with Dean Martin; Sommer was the leading lady in each of these films. In 1975, Peter Rogers cast her in "Carry On Behind" as Russian professor Vrooshka. She became the Carry On's highest paid performer, at £30 000. While continuing to act sometimes, since the 1990's she has concentrated on painting. Her artwork shows strong influence from Marc Chagall. As of 2004, she lives in Los Angeles, California.
Elke Sommer also performed as a singer, making several LP records, and singing in many languages (including French, Italian, German).