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Daliah Lavi (1942 - 2017)

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Daliah Lavi (1942 - 2017)

Daliah Lavi, an Israeli actress who starred in a number of 1960s movies in the U.S., died Wednesday, May 3, 2017, according to multiple news sources. She was 74.

Lavi appeared alongside Kirk Douglas in the 1962 movie "Two Weeks in Another Town." She also played roles in 1965's "Lord Jim" with Peter O'Toole, with Dean Martin in the 1966 film "The Silencers," and with Woody Allen in 1967's James Bond spoof "Casino Royale."

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She was born Daliah Lewinbuk Oct. 12, 1942, in what was then known as British Palestine to Jewish parents from Russia and Germany.

She studied ballet in Stockholm, where she starred in her 1955 debut film. She went on to star in French, German, Spanish, British, U.S., and Italian films – she spoke several languages – before retiring from movie acting during the 1970s. She also did some modeling work.

Lavi was discovered by record producer Jimmy Bowien and began a successful singing career in Germany. She recorded German-language covers of Melanie Safka's "Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma" and Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind."

After several years of singing and appearing on German television, she retired to Asheville, North Carolina, with her fourth husband, businessman Charles Gans.

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