Born 1938 in Eisenstadt, Burgenland, Austrian actress Maria Perschy moved to Germany for more training, leading to a film career after completing her education. Her first major success came with Nasser Asphalt where she played together with Horst Buchholz. Her acting career would eventually take her — by way of France, Italy and the United Kingdom — to Hollywood.
Perschy played in a number of American films, her most notable roles being in the 1962 biopic Freud, the 1964 Rock Hudson comedy, Man’s Favorite Sport?, and the 1964 hit war movie 633 Squadron. Her career in America eventually declined and by the late 1970s her only US appearances were brief roles in TV shows such as Hawaii Five-O and General Hospital.
While shooting in Spain in 1971, Perschy suffered a burn injury from an accident that required several operations before she could resume her career. Perschy returned to her native Austria in 1985 and continued to perform in a series of plays and TV series.
Perschy died of cancer in Vienna in 2004 at the age of 66. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Maria Perschy in the 1960s.