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June 6, 2024

35 Gorgeous Photos of Eva Renzi in the 1960s and ’70s

Born 1944 as Evelyn Renziehausen in Berlin, German actress Eva Renzi made her international debut in the British film Funeral in Berlin (1966), the second Harry Palmer film, as Israeli agent Samantha Steel, appearing with Michael Caine. She later featured with James Garner in The Pink Jungle (1968) as Alison Duquesne, and in the giallo thriller The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) as Monica Ranieri.

In 1973, Renzi caused a sensation in the tabloid press by taking a months-long trip to India and becoming involved with the Rajneesh movement, which she later left, accusing the leader, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, of fascist tendencies and abusing drugs.

Renzi continued acting on stage after her film career had largely ended. In 1983, she was dismissed from the Bad Hersfelder Festspiele, a theater festival, for referring to President Karl Carstens, who had joined the Brownshirts in 1934, as an “old Nazi”. In 2002, she staged a comeback in the play Amanda, which featured a monologue of a woman who emancipates herself after the death of her husband.

Renzi died of lung cancer in 2005, at the age of 60, in Berlin. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see portraits of young Eva Renzi in the 1960s and 1970s.


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