Elke Sommer (born 5 November 1940), born Elke Schletz, is a German-born actress, entertainer, and artist.
Elke Sommer became one of the top movie actresses of the 1960s and made 99 movie and television appearances between 1959 and 2005, including A Shot in the Dark (1964) with Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau, The Art of Love (1965) with James Garner and Dick Van Dyke, The Oscar (1966) with Stephen Boyd, Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966) with Bob Hope, the Bulldog Drummond extravaganza Deadlier Than the Male (1966), and The Wrecking Crew (1969) with Dean Martin; Sommer was the leading lady in each of these films.
In 1964 she won the Golden Globe Awards as Most Promising Newcomer Actress for The Prize, a film she co-starred with Paul Newman and Edward G. Robinson.
In 1972, Elke Sommer starred in two Italian horror movies directed by Mario Bava, which have both become cult clasics Baron Blood and Lisa and the Devil.
The latter fim was never theatrically distributed in its original form; it was later re-edited (with 1975 footage inserted) to make a very different movie called House of Exorcism (an "Exorcist" rip-off). Elke went back to Italy to star in the additional scenes that were inserted into the movie by its producer, against the wishes of the director.
This is probably her most shocking film, featuring a demoniacally-possessed Elke swearing obscenities at her exorcist, spitting out pea soup and actually vomiting live frogs and insects from her mouth !
- by GyP alias Gippo 2009