Laya Raki
German actor
Laya Raki
Laya Raki is a former dancer and film actress popular in Germany in the 1950s and early 1960s. She also became an international star for her roles in English films and TV productions.
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  • 1965
    Age 37
    Le Hibou chasse la nuit) 1965 TV Episode I Spy – Dragon's Teeth (#1.5) 1966 Poppies are Also Flowers (a.k.a.
    More Details Hide Details Danger Grows Wild (UK), Mohn ist auch eine Blume (AU, GER), a.k.a. Opération opium (FR), a.k.a. The Opium Connection (USA: video title)) 1966 Savage Pampas
  • 1960
    Age 32
    Das Lied von Neapel, und vergib mir meine Schuld) 1960 TV Episode Hawaiian Eye – Kim Quixote (#1.26) 1960 TV Episode Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond – House of the Dead (#2.37) 1962 TV Episode The Beachcomber – Long Live the Sultan (#1.30) 1962 TV Episode The Beachcomber – Pat Hand (#1.3) 1962 TV Episode The Beachcomber 1962 TV Episode Tales of Wells Fargo – The Gold Witch (#6.31) 1963–1965 TV Series Crane, as "Halima" in 39 episodes 1963 Die Nylonschlinge (a.k.a.
    More Details Hide Details The Nylon Noose) 1963 Das Rätsel der rotten Quaste (a.k.a.: Das Geheimmnis der rotten Quaste) 1964 The Galant One 1964 (a.k.a.
  • 1956
    Age 28
    Liebe, Tod und Teufel) 1956 Küss mich noch einmal 1956 Roter Mohn 1957 TV Episode O.S.S. – Operation Sweet Talk (#1.10) 1957 Song of Naples (a.k.a.
    More Details Hide Details Ascoltami, a.k.a.
  • 1954
    Age 26
    In 1954, she was lured to London by empty promises of film roles in the United Kingdom and in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Zealand, received her with open arms. She was given the role of the Māori chieftain's seductive wife in "The Seekers" and created a worldwide stir by baring her breasts, 10 years before Rudi Gernreich's topless swimsuit. After having taken acting lessons in Hollywood, she appeared in several UK TV productions, including 39 episodes of the popular series Crane (1962–1965), which made her a well known actress. In it Laya Raki starred as Halima, a Moroccan dancer and bartender, who is the partner of the title character, the bar owner and smuggler Richard Crane, played by Patrick Allen. 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 Wilson noted 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)".
  • 1953
    Age 25
    In 1953, she danced in the film Ehe für eine Nacht ("Marriage for One Night").
    More Details Hide Details Her next film was Die Rose von Stambul ("The Rose of Stamboul"), in which the Austrian actor Paul Hörbiger wants to marry her upon seeing her dancing. In Roter Mohn ("Red Poppy") she played the gypsy girl Ilonka who also conducted refreshing dialogues with the famous Viennese comic actor Hans Moser.
  • 1947
    Age 19
    She attracted attention for the first time in 1947–1950 as a dancer in Frankfurt and other German cities.
    More Details Hide Details When she performed in Berlin, her star began to rise: her 38-23-36 figure (5.35 ft, 110 lbs) 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 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 Realfilm presented her as a new discovery in Die Dritte von rechts ("The Third from the Right"), a rather boring dance film, the highlight of which was 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.
  • 1927
    Born in 1927.
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