Sigrid Valdis

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Sigrid Valdis
Bob Crane Sigrid Valdis Hogans Heroes 1969.JPG
Sigrid Valdis with future husband Bob Crane on Hogan's Heroes
Born Patricia Annette Olson
(1935-09-21)September 21, 1935
Bakersfield, California, United States
Died October 14, 2007(2007-10-14) (aged 72)
Anaheim, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1957–1970
Spouse(s) George Gilbert Ateyeh (1958-1967)
Bob Crane (1970-1978)

Sigrid Valdis (September 21, 1935 – October 14, 2007) was the stage name of Patricia Annette Olson, an American actress. She was best known for playing "Hilda" on the American television series Hogan's Heroes.

Early life and career[edit]

Valdis began acting in the late 1950s. She appeared in bit parts in films and guest starred in several television shows including The Wild Wild West and Kraft Television Theatre before landing the role of Hilda, Colonel Klink's secretary, in the sitcom Hogan's Heroes.

Personal life[edit]

Valdis was married twice. Her first marriage was to fashion businessman George Gilbert Ateyeh, with whom she had a daughter, Melissa. Ateyeh died in 1967.[1]

Valdis married for the second time on October 16, 1970, to Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane on the set of the series. Following the birth of their son in 1971, Valdis retired from acting. In 1978, she moved from the Los Angeles area after Crane was murdered.[2]

In 1980, she moved to Seattle, where in 1998 she joined the cast of her son's syndicated weekly sketch comedy radio show, Shaken, Not Stirred. In 2004, she moved back to her childhood home in Westwood.[2] Though no longer using her stage name, she later oversaw a tribute website to her husband, with a blog where she answered questions from fans of her husband and Hogan's Heroes. A tribute website exists today run by their son, DJ Scott "Scotty" Crane.[3] Another is run by the fans.[4]

Death[edit]

Grave of Bob Crane and Sigrid Valdis in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

Valdis died on October 14, 2007, from lung cancer in Anaheim, California. She was 72 years old. She was survived by her two daughters, Melissa Smith and Ana Sarmiento; son, Scott; sister Dale Gudegast and brother-in-law Eric Braeden; and one granddaughter, Robbyn Smith and four grandsons.[5] Valdis also had three stepchildren from Bob Crane's earlier marriage to Anne Terzian: Karen, Deborah, and Robert David Crane.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1967 The Venetian Affair Uncredited
1962 Two Tickets to Paris Young woman Uncredited
1965 Marriage on the Rocks Kitty
1966 Our Man Flint Anna
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre Ruby 1 episode
1965 The Wild Wild West Miss Piecemeal 2 episodes
1966–1971 Hogan's Heroes Hilda 43 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sigrid Valdis: 'Pure vamp' of 'Hogan's Heroes'". independent.co.uk. 2007-12-08. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  2. ^ a b "'Hogan's Heroes' star Sigrid Valdis dies". usatoday.com. 2007-11-11. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  3. ^ "The Official Website of Bob Crane". Bobcrane.com. 1928-07-13. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Cast - Bob Crane". Hogans Heroes Fan Club. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  5. ^ Mclellan, Dennis (2007-11-18). "Sigrid Valdis, 72; sexy secretary on ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ married its star". The L.A. Times. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 

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