Christine Maria Kaufmann, is a German actress who was married to Tony Curtis, but later divorced him, she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year, in 1961, and is the only German actress to receive this honor. Kaufman gained international recognition when she starred with Steve Reeves in "The Last Days of Pompeii," (1959) and with Kirk Douglas in Town Without Pity," (1961), in 1962, "she appeared in Escape from East Berlin."
Christine Maria Kaufmann (born 11 January 1945 in Lengdorf, Styria, Austria) is a German actress. Her father is German and her mother is French. In 1961, she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actress, the only German to be so honoured. Kaufmann became a ballerina at the Munich Opera. She started her film career at the age of seven in the 1952 adaptation of Im weien Rl (White Horse Inn). The film which brought her fame was Rosen-Resli, released in 1954, when she was only nine. She gained international recognition when she starred with Steve Reeves in The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) and with Kirk Douglas in Town Without Pity (1961). The following year she appeared in Escape from East Berlin. In 1963, Kaufmann married Tony Curtis, whom she had met during the filming of Taras Bulba (1962). They had two daughters, Alexandra (born 19 July 1964) and Allegra (born 11 July 1966). They divorced in 1968.
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