Ilse Steppat

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Ilse Steppat
Born Ilse Paula Steppat
(1917-11-17)17 November 1917
Wuppertal, Germany
Died 22 December 1969(1969-12-22) (aged 52)
West Berlin, Germany
Cause of death
Heart attack
Nationality German
Occupation Actress
Years active 1932–1969

Ilse Paula Steppat (11 November 1917 in Wuppertal – 22 December 1969 in West Berlin) was a German actress. Her husband was noted actor and director Max Nosseck.[1]

She began her cinematic career at the age of 15 playing Joan of Arc. Steppat appeared regularly on the German stage, and starred in more than forty movies. In the 1960s, she appeared frequently in crime movies based on the work of author Edgar Wallace, such as Die Gruft mit dem Rätselschloss, Der unheimliche Mönch and Die blaue Hand, which brought her great fame in Germany.

In her only English language role, Steppat played Blofeld's assistant and henchwoman Irma Bunt in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service. In the first English language conversation between Steppat and the movie's producer, Albert R. Broccoli, she confused the word verlobt (engaged) with engagiert (dedicated). Despite this, however, she was awarded the role of Irma Bunt. Steppat was unable to capitalise on her new fame outside Germany, as she died of a heart attack only four days after the movie's international release. She was buried in the Waldfriedhof Dahlem in Berlin. Steppat was supposed to reprise her role as Irma Bunt in Diamonds Are Forever. However her character was withdrawn due to her death.

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