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Curd Jürgens

Here are two German songs (the first one being a Russian-oriented ballad, the second one the German version of a classic American standard), performed by the great Hildegard Knef, chosen to enhance the class of legendary actor Curd Jürgens.
Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens (1915 – 1982) was a German-Austrian stage and film actor. He was usually billed in English-speaking films as Curt Jurgens. Jürgens was born in the Munich neighbourhood of Solln, Bavaria, Germany. His father was a trader from Hamburg and his mother a French teacher. He began his working career as a journalist before becoming an actor at the urging of his actress wife, Louise Basler. He spent much of his early acting career on the stage in Vienna. Critical of the Nazis in his native Germany, in 1944 he was shipped to a concentration camp as a "political unreliable". Jürgens survived and after the war, became an Austrian citizen. Like many multilingual German-speaking actors, Jürgens went on to play soldiers in innumerable war movies. Notable performances in this vein include a meditative officer in the epic "The Longest Day". His breakthrough screen role came in "Des Teufels General" (1955, "The Devil's General") and he came to Hollywood following his appearance in the sensational 1956 Roger Vadim directed French film "Et Dieu... créa la femme" ("And God Created Woman") starring Brigitte Bardot. In 1957, Jürgens made his first Hollywood film, "The Enemy Below". Jürgens became an international film star. He eventually gained the role of the villain in Roger Moore's favourite James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" as Karl Stromberg, a sociopathic industrialist seeking to transform the world into an ocean paradise. His last film appearance was as Maître Legraine, beside Alain Delon and Claude Jade in the Soviet spy-thriller "Teheran 43" in 1981. He appeared as General Vladimir in the BBC TV series "Smiley's People" in 1982. Although he appeared in over 100 films, Jürgens considered himself primarily a stage actor. He also directed a few films, and wrote screenplays. Jürgens maintained a home in France, but frequently returned to Vienna to perform on stage and that was where he died of a heart attack in 1982. He was interred in the city's Zentralfriedhof. Jürgens had suffered another heart attack several years before. During this he had a near-death experience where he claimed he died and went to Hell. He was a very tall man, standing 1.92 metres (6 ft 4 in) tall. Brigitte Bardot nicknamed him "the Norman Wardrobe" during their work for "Et Dieu… créa la femme". Jürgens was married to Margie Schmitz (1978 – 1982) (till his death), Simone Bicheron (1958 – 1977) (divorced), Eva Bartok (1955 – 1957) (divorced – had 1 daughter Deana born 1957, fathered by Frank Sinatra), Judith Holzmeister (1947 – 1955) (divorced), Lulu Basler, actor (1937 – 1947) (divorced).
An occasional singer, he also recorded some EPs.
Enjoy Curd Jürgens' great style!

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