Laya Raki (born Brunhilde Jörns on
July 27, 1927) is a dancer and film actress who was popular in Germany in the 1950s and early 60s. She also became an international star for her roles in English films and TV productions.
Laya Raki was born in
Hamburg, Germanyto acrobat Maria Althoff, and her partner, acrobat and clown Wilhelm Jörns. As she was an admirer of the famous dancer La Janaand liked to drink raki, she assumed the stage name Laya Raki. She attracted attention for the first time in 1947 - 1950 as a dancer in Frankfurt and other German cities.When she performed in Berlin, her star began to rise. Her 38-23-36 figure and erotic radiance became the talk of the town.
The film company DEFA engaged her for a small role as a dancer in the film "Der Rat der Götter" (The Council of the Gods), which won two awards. One newspaper, The
Berliner Morgenpost, wrote that she was a great dancer with an expressive face rich in nuances. In the same year the press department of the Realfilm presented her as a new discovery in "Die Dritte von rechts" (The third from the Right), a rather boring dance film, with the highlight being the scene in which the scantily clad dancer Laya Raki (with only two white stars on her nipples) exposes herself to the lustful gazes of the male cinema audience". In 1953, she danced in the film "Ehe für eine Nacht" (Marriage for One Night). Her next film was "Die Rose von Stambul" (The Rose of Stamboul), in which the Austrian actor Paul Hörbigerwants to marry her upon seeing her dancing. In "Roter Mohn" (Red Poppy) she played the Gypsygirl Ilonka who also conducted refreshing dialogues with the famous Viennese comic actor Hans Moser.
In 1954, she was lured to
Londonby empty promises of film roles in the United Kingdomand in Hollywood. There she found herself unemployed, but her situation made headlines that opened opportunities. The J. Arthur Rank Film Company, which needed a slightly exotic type for a film in New Zealandreceived her with open arms. She was given the role of the Maorichieftain's seductive wife in "The Seekers" and created a worldwide stir baring her breasts, 10 years before Rudi Gernreichinvented the first topless swimsuit.
After having taken acting lessons in Hollywood, she appeared in several UK TV productions, including 39 episodes of the popular series Richard Crane (1962-1965), which made her a well known actress. In 'Crane' Laya Raki starred as Halima, a Moroccan dancer and bartender, who is the partner of the title character, the bar owner and a smuggler, played by
She appeared in revealing outfits in film and photographs, and captured men's attention like no other German showgirl in the 1950s. She modeled for postcards, pin-up photographs and magazines all over the world. The Broadway columnist
Earl Wilsonnoted her preference for scanty clothing: “You should have seen Laya Raki. Even if she is dressed, she looks like, as if she only wears the zipper and has forgotten the material”. Of course he placed some photos of her in Earl Wilson’s Album of Showgirls (1st Issue! 1956).
In 1962, she sang and recorded "Faire l`amour" and "Oh Johnny hier nicht parken", which are still available as singles and on CD-ROMs. The latter was banned by a Nuremberg court who thought her ecstatic moaning was imitating coitus.
At the age of 30, Laya Raki married the Australian actor
Ron Randellin London. “He is the best and most beautiful man of the world”, she said, and remained at his side until he died on June 11, 2005, in Los Angeles.
1950 Der Rat der Götter (The Council of the Gods)
1950 Die Dritte von rechts (The Third from the Right)
1953 Ehe für eine Nacht (Marriage for One Night)
1953 Die Rose von Stambul (The Rose of Stamboul)
1954 Up to His Neck
1954 Am Anfang war es Sünde (The Beginning Was Sin)
1954 The Seekers (a.k.a. Land of Fury)
1955 Die Frau des Botschafters (The Ambassador's Wife)
1955 Gesperrte Wege (a.k.a. Camino cortado)
The Adventures of Quentin Durward
1956 Küss mich noch einmal
1956 Roter Mohn
1957 TV Episode Kyro Caro
1960 TV Episode
1960 TV Episode House of the Dead
1962 TV Episode Pat Hand
1962 TV Episode The Beachcomber
1962 Tales of Wells Fargo
1963 TV Series Crane
1963 Die Nylonschlinge (The Nylon Noose)
1963 Das Rätsel der roten Quaste
1964 The Galant One
1964 Das Haus auf dem Hügel
1965 TV Episode Dragon's Teeth
1965 TV Episode
1966 Poppies are also Flowers
1966 Savage Pampas
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