Elke Sommer Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Elke Sommer was born as Elke Baronesse von Schletz on 5 November 1940, in Berlin, Germany, to Renata and Baron Peter von Schletz, a Lutheran minister. She is a German actress, entertainer and artist who has starred in a number of Hollywood films.

A noted actress, how wealthy is Elke Sommer? According to sources, Sommer has established a net worth of over $20 million, as of mid-2017. Her wealth has been earned during her acting career, as well as through her involvement in music and art, which began in the 1950s.

Elke Sommer Net Worth $20 million

In 1942 during World War II, Sommer’s family was forced to to leave Berlin, and moved to Erlangen in the southern Germany, where she attended Gymnasium. However, her father’s death during her teenage years interrupted her high school education, and she then went to London, England, to work as a nanny. Upon returning to Erlangen, she enrolled at the University of Erlangen, planning to become a diplomatic translator, but she soon changed her mind, choosing a career in modeling instead. She went on to win a beauty title while on vacation in Italy, where she was spotted by the acclaimed actor/director Vittorio De Sica. Her acting career and real net worth was launched.

After appearing in several Italian features, such as “Men and Noblemen” and “Love, the Italian Way”, Sommer started to make a name for herself in German films too, becoming a noted sex symbol, which paved her way to Hollywood in the early 1960s; her net worth began to increase. By the end of the decade she had established herself as a recognized figure in the industry, with leading parts in films such as “A Shot in the Dark”, “The Art of Love”, “The Oscar”, “Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!”, “Deadlier Than the Male” and “The Wrecking Crew”. Her performance in the film “The Prize” earned her a Golden Globe award as Most Promising Newcomer Actress.
Sommer’s popularity was cemented by posing for Playboy Magazine – all contributed to her wealth.

Sommer was a popular talk show guest in the ’70s, appearing on shows such as “The Mike Douglas Show”, “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and “The Merv Griffin Show, Dinah!”. Her notable film parts of this time included “Zeppelin”, “The Swiss Conspiracy”, “The Prisoner of Zelda” and “Carry On Behind”, becoming the “Carry On” films’s highest-paid performer earning £30,000. Her net worth was boosted.

Work continued to flow in steadily for Sommer during the ’80s as well, mostly the work in television. She landed guest appearances in series such as “The Love Boat” and “St. Elsewhere”, and also appeared in the miniseries “Inside the Third Reich”, “Jenny’s War”, “Peter the Great” and “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna”, further expanding her fortune.

The ’80 saw her hosting the syndicated show called “Elke Sommer’s World of Speed and Beauty”, dealing with motor sports. During this time Sommer also appeared as a cabaret singer, releasing several albums. She also gained some stage experience, so her wealth grew larger.

Sommer has since focused on her art work, which has involved book writing and painting. She hosted the show “Painting with Elke Sommer” centered on her artwork. Her involvement in art has been another source of Sommer’s net worth.

As for her acting career, she has made a few more screen appearances, mostly on German television.

In her personal life, Sommer has been married twice. Her first marriage was to American writer Joe Hyams, lasting from 1964 to 1981. As of 1993, she has been married to hotelier Wolf Walther.
Sommer was involved in a long legal battle with actress Zsa Zsa Gabor and her husband, Prince Frederick von Anhalt in the ’90s. Reportedly, the couple made derogatory statements about her in the German media, after which she sued them, eventually gaining a $3.3 million libel judgment against them, which greatly improved her fortune.

Quick Facts

Birth date: November 5, 1940
Birth place: Berlin, Germany
Height:5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)
Profession:Actress
Nationality:German
Spouse:Wolf Walther (m. 1993), Joe Hyams (m. 1964–1993)
Parents:Baron Peter von Schletz, Renata Topp
Nominations:German Film Award for Best Overall Acting Performance
Movies:A Shot in the Dark, Deadlier Than the Male, Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!, The Prize, Lisa and the Devil, The Wrecking Crew, Baron Blood, Carry On Behind, The Oscar, The Victors, The Art of Love, The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz, The Money Trap, The Venetian Affair, Daniella by Night, Douce violence, Among Vultures, Invisible Strangler, Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna, The Swiss Conspiracy, They Came to Rob Las Vegas, Lily in Love, The Invincible Six, The Double McGuffin, The Peking Medallion, And Then There Were None, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, The Death Ship, Severed Ties, The Dolls, One or the Other of Us, I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses, Meet Him and Die, The Treasure Seekers, The Prisoner of Zenda, The Jukebox Kids, Femmine di lusso
TV shows:The Winds of War, Jenny's War
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1She was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on December 7, 2001.
2Was considered for the leading female role in the Elvis Presley movie G.I. Blues (1960), but the role was eventually played by Juliet Prowse.
3She was nominated for a 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist for her performance in the play, "Born Yesterday", at the Drury Lane Theatre North in Chicago, Illinois.
4She's the daughter of a Lutheran minister, who died when she was only 14.
5Currently lives in Los Angeles, California, and works as a painter, mostly influenced by Marc Chagall.
6After becoming "Miss Viareggio" during a holiday in Italy, she was discovered by director Vittorio De Sica (1958).
7When she appeared in Carry on Behind (1975), she received £30,000. She became one of the only two actors in the films (with Phil Silvers) to receive the highest ever Carry On salary. Kenneth Williams only received £5,000, a sixth of what she received.
8Hosted the 1981 Miss Universe pageant along with Bob Barker.
9Cousin of Gudy Somer and Brazilian 1974 Miss Universe Mariza Sommer.
10In the 1960s, while living in Beverly Hills, she and her then husband, Joe Hyams, believed their house to be haunted.


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
Carry on Behind (1975)£30,000


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Seductive husky voice
2Highly defined cheekbones
3Blue-green eyes and full lips
4Sky-high bouffant hairstyle


Quotes

#Quote
1[2014] I was in New York City starring in "Tamara" and had to stay there for four months. So I had to find an apartment but they were excruciatingly expensive, tiny and loud. As I knew the managing director of the Essex House, I wanted to talk to him about renting a room but the hotel had a new managing director, a man by the name of Wolf Walther. So we met. For him, it was love at first sight. For me, it took a little longer, but not much longer. As you may know, "Tamara" is a play, in which the audience follows the actor of their choice, and as you may also know, my husband is 6'5" and hard to miss. I saw him every night in the audience, following me. Every night. And that was the beginning of the greatest love story of my life, still unfolding and getting better by the day.
2[on Oliver Reed] Ollie is a real character. But the English are all a little crazy, anyhow. Everybody has their little idiosyncrasies; Ollie just has more than most people. Off the set, he's very unpredictable. But on the set, he's fine. When he's working, he shows up on time and is very disciplined -- regardless of what happened to him the night before.
3[on Mario Bava] I loved Bava with all my heart. He was everything to me -- a father figure, a lover figure. He was very quiet -- as quiet as Italians can be -- but he had incredible energy. He spoke very broken English, so we always conversed in Italian. His son Lamberto [Lamberto Bava] was the assistant director and he loyally followed all of 'Papa's' instructions. Bava was quite a patriarch among the whole group of actors and technicians.
4I have no recollection of the 1960s or 1970s at all because I was working constantly. I had no time to live, or to evaluate my career, or even to speculate about what was going to become of me.
5[on her painting] I'd rather be known as a painter who acts than as an actress who paints.
6I've had a wonderful career. I've made all kinds of films and played everything from a hooker to a nun. I know I've become quite a fine actress through my stage work and taking my job seriously -- and just living longer.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1964Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemaleThe Prize (1963)
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female New Face

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974Film Award in GoldGerman Film AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Beste darstellerische Leistung - Weibliche Hauptrolle)Die Reise nach Wien (1973)
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Star15th place.
1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Star13th place.
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Star13th place.
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsComedy Performance, FemaleA Shot in the Dark (1964)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967BambiBambi AwardsBest Actress - NationalThe Oscar (1966)


Filmography

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Das Leben ist zu lang2010Alfis Mutter
Ewig rauschen die Gelder2005TV MovieFrau von Korff
Reblaus2005TV MovieMaria Rüppel
Nicht mit uns2000TV MovieAndrea Paretti
Flashback2000Frau Lust
Doppeltes Spiel mit Anne1999Frau Lorenz
Gisbert1999TV Series
Gotta Have It1998TV Movie
Alles nur Tarnung1996Die Bösen: Jutta
Florian III1994TV SeriesSonja Carpenter
Destiny Ridge1993TV SeriesAnna
Happy Holiday1993TV SeriesIsabella Scattini
Counterstrike1992TV SeriesAnita Duvalier
Severed Ties1992Helena Harrison
Himmelsheim1988Helga Münzel
Adventures Beyond Belief1988TV SeriesHeadmistress Bruno
Der Stein des Todes1987Kris Patterson
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna1986TV MovieIsabel Von Hohenstauffen
St. Elsewhere1986TV SeriesNatasha
Peter the Great1986TV Mini-SeriesCharlotte
Jenny's War1985TV SeriesEva Gruenberg
Niemand weint für immer1984Lou Parker
Lily in Love1984Alicia Braun
The Love Boat1981-1984TV SeriesInga Van Damme / Benita James
Heut' abend1984TV Series
Inside the Third Reich1982TV MovieMagda Goebbels
Der Mann im Pyjama1981Frau Lachmann
Fantasy Island1981TV SeriesEtain
Exit Sunset Boulevard1980
Top of the Hill1980TV MovieEva Heggener
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square1979Miss Pelham
The Double McGuffin1979Prime Minister Kura
The Fantastic Seven1979TV MovieRebecca Wayne
The Prisoner of Zenda1979The Countess
Jamaican Gold1979Ursula
I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses1978Magdalene Kruschen
The Astral Factor1978Chris Hartman
Nicht von gestern1977TV MovieBillie Dawn
Forever Fernwood1977TV SeriesElke Sommer
One Away1976Elsa
The Six Million Dollar Man1976TV SeriesDr. Ilse Martin
Meet Him and Die1976Perrone's Secretary
The Swiss Conspiracy1976Rita Jensen
Das Netz1975Christa Sonntag
Carry on Behind1975Professor Anna Vooshka
The House of Exorcism1975Lisa Reiner
Ein Unbekannter rechnet ab1974Vera Clyde
It's Not the Size That Counts1974Clarissa
Einer von uns beiden1974Miezi
Die Reise nach Wien1973Toni Simon
Lisa and the Devil1973Lisa Reiner
Lodynskis Flohmarkt Company1972TV Series
Baron Blood1972Eva Arnold
Probe1972TV MovieHeideline 'Uli' Ullman
Perlico - Perlaco1971TV Movie
Zeppelin1971Erika Altschul
Percy1971Helga
The Invincible Six1970Zari
The Dean Martin Show1970TV Series
The Wrecking Crew1968Linka Karensky
They Came to Rob Las Vegas1968Ann Bennett
The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz1968Paula Schultz
Deadlier Than the Male1967Irma Eckman
The Corrupt Ones1967Lilly Mancini
The Venetian Affair1966Sandra Fane
Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!1966Didi
The Oscar1966Kay Bergdahl
The Money Trap1965Lisa Baron
The Art of Love1965Nikki Dunnay
The Dolls1965Ulla (segment "Il Trattato di Eugenetica")
Amongst Vultures1964Annie Dillman
A Shot in the Dark1964Maria Gambrelli
The Prize1963Inger Lisa Andersson
...denn die Musik und die Liebe in Tirol1963
The Victors1963Helga Metzger
Verführung am Meer1963Eva
Who Stole the Body?1963Brigitte
The Phone Rings Every Night1962
Bahía de Palma1962Olga
Un chien dans un jeu de quilles1962Ariane
Le chien1962TV MovieElle
Das Mädchen und der Staatsanwalt1962Renate Hecker
Sweet Ecstasy1962Elke
Café Oriental1962Sylvia
Auf Wiedersehen1961Suzy Dalton
Geliebte Hochstaplerin1961Barbara Shadwell
Why Bother to Knock1961Ingrid
Daniella by Night1961Daniella
Und sowas nennt sich Leben1961Britta
Love, the Italian Way1960Greta
The Warrior Empress1960
Himmel, Amor und Zwirn1960Eva
Howlers of the Dock1960Giulia Giommarelli
Lampenfieber1960Evelyne
L'amico del giaguaro1959Grete
La Pica sul Pacifico1959Rossana
A Christmas Festival1959TV MovieThe Princess
The Day It Rained1959Ellen
Das Totenschiff1959Mylene, ein Französisches Mädchen
Ragazzi del Juke-Box1959Giulia Cesari
Uomini e nobiluomini1959Caterina

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Muppet Show1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Jack Benny Hour1965TV Special performer: "He's A Clown", "Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmesan, Ricotta" - uncredited
Tausend Takte Übermut1965performer: "Oh I Love You"
Hotel der toten Gäste1965performer: "'Ma ora no' Ich sage no"
Café Oriental1962performer: "Some of these days"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story1999Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Too Young to Die2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Match Play with Ray Adams2012TV SeriesHerself
Tietjen und Hirschhausen2010TV SeriesHerself
Markus Lanz2010TV SeriesHerself
Filmlegenden. Deutsch2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Mario Bava: Operazione paura2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Die WIB-Schaukel2003TV Series documentary
Showgeschichten2002TV SeriesHerself
The Curious Case of Inspector Clouseau2002TV Special documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Die Harald Schmidt Show1996TV SeriesHerself
Arena1995TV Series documentaryHerself
Schmidteinander1994TV SeriesHerself
Sally Jessy Raphael1990TV SeriesHerself
The Geraldo Rivera Show1990TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael1990TV SeriesHerself
Verstehen Sie Spaß?1989TV SeriesHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1987-1989TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Wetten, dass..?1983-1987TV SeriesHerself
The 1987 Annual Salute to Hollywood Benefit1987TV MovieHerself
Hollywood Ghost Stories1986DocumentaryHerself
Dalli Dalli1979-1985TV SeriesHerself - Contestant / Herself - Kandidatin
Body Language1985TV SeriesHerself
Dom DeLuise and Friends1983TV SeriesHerself
Hour Magazine1982TV SeriesHerself
Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny1982TV MovieHerself
Barbara Woodhouse Goes to Beverly Hills1981TV Movie documentaryHerself
Today1980TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1973-1980TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Circus of the Stars #41979TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer
The Merv Griffin Show1973-1979TV SeriesHerself
The Muppet Show1979TV SeriesHerself - Special Guest Star
The Mike Douglas Show1972-1978TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host / Herself - Actress
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969-1978TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
America 2-Night1978TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 21977TV MovieHerself
US Against the World1977TV MovieHerself
Break the Bank1976-1977TV SeriesHerself
Je später der Abend...1976TV SeriesHerself
Tattletales1975TV SeriesHerself
The Irv Kupcinet Show1970-1975TV SeriesHerself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHerself
NBC Follies1973TV SeriesHerself
The 45th Annual Academy Awards1973TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
The Bobby Darin Show1973TV SeriesHerself
Sommer-Sprossen1972TV MovieHerself - Hostess
The Bob Hope Special1972/ITV SpecialHerself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHerself
Unsere kleine Show - Musik zur blauen Stunde1971TV SeriesHerself - Musician
Jerry Visits1971TV SeriesHerself
Münchner Bilderbogen1971TV Series documentaryHerself
Bitte umblättern1971TV SeriesHerself
Ver-r-r-ry Interesting1971TV SpecialHerself
The Bob Hope Show1966-1970TV SeriesHerself / Himself
The Engelbert Humperdinck Show1970TV SeriesHerself
It Takes Two1970TV SeriesHerself
The 27th Annual Golden Globes Awards1970TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Original Score
The Dean Martin Show1968-1969TV SeriesHerself
Der goldene Schuß1969TV SeriesHerself
Treffpunkt Airport1968TV Series documentaryHerself
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Woody Woodbury Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHerself
Stars in der Manege1968TV Series documentary
A Bob Hope Comedy Special1966TV SpecialHerself
Zwischenstation1966TV SeriesHerself
The Andy Williams Show1966TV SeriesHerself
The 38th Annual Academy Awards1966TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Animated Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film
The Jack Benny Hour1965TV SpecialElke Sommer / Maria Poppenini
Tausend Takte Übermut1965Herself
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Hotel der toten Gäste1965Herself
That Regis Philbin Show1965TV SeriesHerself
The Danny Kaye Show1965TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Program1964TV SeriesHerself (on film)
Juke Box Jury1964TV SeriesHerself - Surprise Guest
Musik aus Studio B1963TV SeriesSinger
Cinépanorama1962TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape2010DocumentaryHerself
Saucy 70's Volume 22010Video documentary
Dreams with Sharp Teeth2008DocumentaryKay Bergdahl in 'The Oscar'
Ein Leben wie im Flug2007TV MovieHerself
Carry on Quizzing2006Video GameProf. Anna Vooshka (uncredited)
Living Famously2003TV Series documentaryMaria Gambrelli
Heroes of Comedy2001TV Series documentary
What's a Carry On?1998TV Movie documentaryProfessor Anna Vooshka (uncredited)
François Chalais, la vie comme un roman1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
Carry on Laughing1981TV SeriesProfessor Anna Vooshka
That's Carry On!1977Professor Anna Vooshka
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television1975TV SpecialHerself
Mondo Hollywood1967DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)

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