Elke Sommer Biography
Elke Sommer started appearing on Italian films in the late 1950s and quickly became a noted sex symbol and moved to Hollywood in the early 1960s. This blonde goddess averaged almost four movies a year throughout the '60s which include A Shot in the Dark (1964) with Peter Sellers, 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) which also starred the great Bob Hope, the Bulldog Drummond extravaganza Deadlier Than the Male (1966), and The Wrecking Crew (1969) with Dean Martin.
Elke Sommer continually proved her worth as an actress until she won the Golden Globe Awards as the Most Promising Newcomer Actress for her performance in The Prize (1964) for a film she co-starred with Paul Newman and Edward G. Robinson. She did attain international popularity because she could speak different languages fluently, at least five. Thus, she could appear in movies shot in different countries, including Germany, France, Italy, and England. In January 1999, being a woman of many talents, Elke has been featured on Playboy as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars of the Century", landing on the 31st spot.
In addition to being a well-known and well-loved actress, this beautiful lady has dedicated herself in producing her own unique style of art. Elke Sommers art has been presented in 39 one-woman shows. She also hosted the 13 part series "Painting with Elke" on PBS. She was commissioned in 1988 to do a painting of Stockholm for the Norway Chamber of Commerce.
Elke Sommer has experienced her fair share of critics. Each criticism she gets broadens her and deepens her awareness of her own self. She knows that in a career rich with achievements and accolades, she must continue to be a perfect example of a victorious yet earthly blonde that she was. Truly, Elke Sommer is one of the most splendid women every man would love to meet!