Born 1942 in Shavei Tzion, Israeli actress, singer, and model Daliah Lavi appeared in her first film, Hemsöborna, a Swedish adaptation of August Strindberg’s 1887 novel The People of Hemsö. Returning to Israel, her career took off in 1960, when she started appearing in a large number of European and American productions. Fluent in several languages, she acted in films in German, French, Italian, Spanish and English.
Lavi appeared in her first American film, Vincente Minnelli’s Two Weeks in Another Town (1962). She appeared in Brunello Rondi’s witch hunt-themed movie Il demonio (1963), Mario Bava’s Gothic classic La Frusta e il corpo, or The Whip and the Body (1963), and the first Matt Helm film, The Silencers (1966). She also acted as ‘The Detainer/007’ in Casino Royale (1967).
Lavi was subsequently discovered by record producer Jimmy Bowien and began a successful schlager singing career in Germany, with hits such as “Oh, wann kommst du?”, “Willst du mit mir gehn?” and “C’est ça, la vie (So ist das Leben)”. In August 1971, her single “Jerusalem” peaked at number 98 in Australia.
Lavi died in 2017 at the age of 74. These fabulous photos captured portrait of a young and beautiful Daliah Lavi in the 1960s.