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|Born||Renate Anita Hoy
December 31, 1930
Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, Germany
|Other names||Erika Nordin|
|Spouse(s)||Brett Halsey (1954-1959) (2 children)
Raymond C. Simpson (1963-1975) (1 son)
|Children||Charles Oliver, Jr. (b. 1956)
Tracy Leigh (b. 1957)
Richard James (b. 1967)
Renate Hoy, also credited as Renate Huy and Erika Nordin, (born December 31, 1930 in Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, Germany) is a German actress. After winning the title of Miss Nürnberg, she was crowned Miss Germany of 1952. She then traveled to the United States to represent her country in the first Miss Universe contest, which was held in Long Beach, California where she placed fifth that is fourth runner up.
Shortly thereafter, she became a contract player for Universal Studios and made several movies during the 1950s. She was in such films as Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, Missile to the Moon, The Golden Blade, The Birds and the Bees, The Sea Chase, A Certain Smile, and had a leading role in the classic German film Schloß Hubertus (1954).
In 1954, she married actor Brett Halsey. They had two children, son Charles Oliver Hand (a.k.a. Rock Bottom of the notorious L.A. punk band Rock Bottom and the Spys) and daughter Tracy Leigh. They divorced in 1959. Hoy's son was murdered in prison.
Following a contentious actor's strike (which was resolved by then SAG president Ronald Reagan and the studios, and resulted in a contract known as "The Great Giveaway"), Renate retired from acting. She eventually got remarried to a prominent trial attorney Raymond C. Simpson. The couple had one child Richard James Simpson. This child was later known as 'Richard James' while he was in the bands Invisiblechains with Carla Bozulich singer; and Teardrain with bassist Jill Emery. Renate currently resides in Southern California.
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