Christine Kaufmann was an award-winning German-Austrian actress. She began her acting career at the age of seven with the movie ‘The White Horse Inn’ in 1952. The same year, she appeared as a lead actress in ‘Der Schweigende Engel’. Soon she became the breadwinner for her family. In 1954, Christine has portrayed the role of Leslie in the movie ‘Rose-Girl Resli’, this movie made her a superstar.
Christine received worldwide fame when she was starred in ‘The Last Days of Pompeii’, at that time she was only thirteen. During her childhood, she performed in 18 films. She became fluent in German, French, Italian, Spanish, and English despite the fact that she never attended a school.
In 1961, she was starred as ‘Karin Steinhof’ with Kirk Douglas and Robert Blake in the movie ‘Town Without Pity’. The film was a super hit and Christine won a Golden Globe Award for her superb performance. During the 1960s, she portrayed her acting skills in numerous famous movies. In the 1970s, Christine worked steadily in theatre, TV, and movies. Her last movie was ‘Wild and Wonderful’ in 1964.
Christine was married three times in her life. She met her first husband, Tony Curtis, during the filming of ‘Taras Bulba’ in 1962. Curtis was 36 and she was only sixteen. Two years later they married and their marriage lasted for five years. They had a daughter, Alexandra Curtis. After the divorce, she took her daughter and moved to Europe. Her second marriage was to television director Achim Lenz in 1974. The marriage ended after two years. In 1979, Christine married illustrator Klaus Zey.
During her later years, she established her own cosmetic line, which made her a fairly wealthy woman. She wrote several books about beauty, fame, and health. She also wrote her two autobiographies.
Christine Kaufmann’s death
Christine Kaufmann died of leukemia in Munich at age 72 on 28 March 2017. She was diagnosed with the disease only a few days earlier.
Here below are some glamorous photos of Christine Kaufmann from her early life and career.