Senta Berger was born in Vienna in 1941; at the ripe old age of four she was singing on stage, accompanied by her father, pianist Josef Berger. After a few German-language films, she found herself in Hollywood, far from home but far from unnoticed; Fox’s Darryl F. Zanuck, she said in her autobiography, had made a clumsy attempt to get her onto the casting couch. In the middle Sixties, she returned to Europe and made lots of films, some as noteworthy as Major Dundee, some as inconsequential as Diaboliquement Vôtre, in which she gets to humiliate Alain Delon:
That autobiography, published in 2006, is called Ich habe ja gewußt, daß ich fliegen kann (“I Knew That I Could Fly”).
And at 76, she still acts. This is the second trailer made for Willkommen bei den Hartmanns, inexplicably retitled Welcome to Germany for us Yanks:
Warner Bros. disabled comments on this video, following the response to the first trailer. The film, directed by Berger’s son Simon Verhoeven, was a fair-sized hit.