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Daliah Lavi Biography
- This ravishing, raven-haired Israeli beauty was a star in Europe long before she made a dent in Hollywood in the late 60s. Along with other tasty foreign imports at the time, such as Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress, Elke Sommer , Ewa Aulin, Senta Berger, Rosanna Schiaffino, Shirley Eaton, Sylva Koscina, Barbara Bouchet, et al., she pursued sex symbol status via spy spoofs, erotic thrillers, tongue-in-cheek comedies and rugged adventures. In retrospect, however, she fell quite short of her pedestal amid the large crowd of sexy luminaries at the time. Born Daliah Levenbuch, she began training as a dancer and bit part actress before she abruptly halted her career to serve with the Israeli army. In the early 60s she returned to acting and began to figure in prominently with a host of French, Italian, German and English productions being offered. Daliah reached her film crest with Lord Jim (1965), The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966), and the wild and wooly Bondian spoof Casino Royale (1967), which had American male audiences noticing her for the first time. Decked out in tight mini-skirts, thigh-high go-go boots and a helmet of black hair, Daliah fit in perfectly with the times, a swinging chick of the psychedelic 60s. Her last film was the very mediocre Catlow (1971) with Yul Brynner and she quickly abandoned films. Ms. Lavi pursued a singing career back in Europe with little fanfare and only recently has been glimpsed on German television in the 90s.
Daliah Lavi Filmography
- (2008) The Making of 'Casino Royale' as Herself - 'The Detainer'
- (2004) Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel as Herself
- (1999) Beckmann as Herself
- (1997) Duell zu dritt as
- (1995) Boca a boca ] as The Detainer (007) [from "Casino Royale" (archive footage) (uncredited)
- (1994) Feste der Volksmusik as Herself
- (1991) Mrs. Harris und der Heiratsschwindler as Jill Howard
- (1982) Na sowas! as Herself
- (1981) Wetten, dass..? as Herself
- (1980) WWF Club as Herself (1983)
- (1974) Hallo Peter as
- (1972) Festival europäischer Schlager as Singer
- (1972) The David Nixon Show as Herself - Guest
- (1972) Von uns für Sie as Singer
- (1972) Whodunnit? as Herself/Panelist
- (1971) Catlow as Rosita
- (1971) V.I.P.-Schaukel as Singer
- (1970) Mike and Bernie's Scene as Herself
- (1970) Schwarzer Peter as Singer
- (1969) Rom aktuell as Singer
- (1969) Sez Les as
- (1969) Some Girls Do as Baroness Helga Hagen
- (1969) Wünsch dir was as Herself - Singer
- (1969) ZDF Hitparade as
- (1968) Baden-Badener Roulette as Herself
- (1968) Nobody Runs Forever as Maria Cholon
- (1968) Starparade as Performer
- (1968) Starparade as Singer
- (1968) The Harry Secombe Show as Herself
- (1967) Casino Royale as The Detainer/James Bond 007
- (1967) Rocket to the Moon as Madelaine
- (1967) The Golden Shot as Herself
- (1967) The Joey Bishop Show as Herself
- (1966) Late Show London as Herself
- (1966) The Silencers as Tina
- (1966) The Spy with a Cold Nose as Princess Natasha Romanova
- (1965) Die Rudi Carrell Show as Herself - Singer
- (1965) DM-Killer as Lolita, Charlys Stiefschwester
- (1965) La Celestina P... R... as Daniela
- (1965) Lord Jim as The Girl
- (1965) Meine Melodie as Singer
- (1965) Schüsse im Dreivierteltakt as Irina Badoni
- (1965) Ten Little Indians as Ilona Bergen
- (1964) Cyrano et d'Artagnan as Marion de l'Orme (as Dahlia Lavi)
- (1964) Die Drehscheibe as Herself
- (1964) Die Drehscheibe as Singer
- (1964) Einer wird gewinnen as Herself
- (1964) Old Shatterhand as Paloma
- (1964) The Eamonn Andrews Show as Herself
- (1963) Das große Liebesspiel as Sekretärin
- (1963) Il demonio as
- (1963) La frusta e il corpo as Nevenka Menliff
- (1962) Das schwarz-weiß-rote Himmelbett as Germaine
- (1962) Two Weeks in Another Town as Veronica (as Dahlia Lavi)
- (1961) Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse as Maria Sabrehm
- (1961) La fête espagnole as Nathalie Conrad
- (1961) Le jeu de la vérité as Gisèle
- (1961) Le puits aux trois vérités as (uncredited)
- (1961) Un soir sur la plage as Marie
- (1960) Brennender Sand as
- (1960) Candide ou l'optimisme au XXe siècle as Cunégonde
- (1955) Hemsöborna as Professor's Daughter
Daliah Lavi Trivia and Facts
- Currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her fourth husband Charles Gans, a businessman.
- Is fluent in Hebrew, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.
- Started a successful singing career in the 1970s and became probably the most popular singer in Germany at that time. Her biggest hits were "Oh, wann kommst Du?" (Oh, when will you come?) and "Willst Du mit mir gehen?" (Do you want to go with me?).
- Studied ballet in Stockholm, but had to return to Israel after 4 years because her father had died (1955).
Daliah Lavi Photoshoots
- "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1993, Vol. 6, Iss. 4, pg. 36-37, by: staff, "Lethal Women: Daliah Lavi, "The Silencers""
- "Le Nouveau Cinémonde" (France), 4 February 1969, Vol. 34, Iss. 1776, pg. 20-23, by: Tony Crawley, "Alerte! Un bataillon de beautés délirantes attaque Pinewood!"
- "Playboy" (USA), July 1968, Vol. 15, Iss. 7, pg. 136-137, by: Arthur Knight & Hollis Alpert, "The History of Sex in Cinema - Part XIX: The Sixties Eros Unbound in Foreign Films"
- "Playboy" (USA), April 1968, Vol. 15, Iss. 4, pg. 144, by: Arthur Knight & Hollis Alpert, "The History of Sex in Cinema - XVIII: Hollywood Unbuttons"
- "ABC Film Review" (UK), May 1967, Vol. 17, Iss. 5, pg. 17, "Royal occasions"
- "Beau" (USA), March 1967
- "Modern Man" (USA), January 1966
- "Playboy" (USA), September 1963, Vol. 10, Iss. 9, pg. 136-149, "Europe's new sex sirens"