Sybil Danning

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Sybil Danning
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Danning in 2012
Sybille Johanna Danninger

(1952-05-24) May 24, 1952 (age 66)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names
  • Cybil Danning
  • Sybil Danning Lasse
  • Actress
  • model
  • producer
Years active1968–present
  • Horst Lasse (m. 1991)
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Sybil Danning (born Sybille Johanna Danninger; May 24, 1952) is an Austrian American actress, model, and film producer. She is best known for her frequent appearances in B movies during the 1970s and 1980s.

Born in Wels, Austria, Danning spent most of her childhood on military bases and traveling with her family around the world. After their return to Austria, she landed a job as a dental hygienist to support her family following her parents' divorce. At the age of sixteen, Danning left her home and relocated to Salzburg, where she enrolled at a school of cosmetology.

Working as a cosmetician, Danning was soon offered fashion shows and photo layouts. She made her onscreen debut in the German comedy, Komm nur, mein liebstes Vögelein (1968), followed by the role of Kriemhild in the erotic action film, The Long Swift Sword of Siegfried (1971). She continued receiving small parts in films mostly based on her sex symbol image.

In 1978, Danning moved to Hollywood to further her career. Her first film role was in Roger Corman's space opera cult classic, Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), which helped to established her as a B movie actress. She appeared in a number of films during the 1980s: Chained Heat (1983), Hercules (1983), Malibu Express (1985), Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985), and Reform School Girls' (1986). In 1990, her acting career was delayed after having an accident while rehearsing a film stunt. Suffering from a spinal disc herniation, Danning went on a hiatus from the film industry.

2003–present: Return[edit]

Danning in 2006

In 2003 Danning was invited by Kevin Clemens of the Chiller Theatre, New Jersey, to meet her long-time fans. She went and was overwhelmed by fans who told her they wanted to see her on the big screen again. Chiller Theater prominently featured Danning in her first appearance after her hiatus, in its 2004 documentary, UnConventional. The year 2007 marked Danning's return to the big screen, in a faux trailer directed by Rob Zombie titled Werewolf Women of the SS for Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse, and again in 2007 for Rob Zombie's remake of John Carpenter's original 1978 film Halloween.

Danning returned to Austria in 2008 to play Patrick Swayze's witness Anna Gruber in the drama film Jump!, loosely based on the real-life Halsman murder case. She also appeared in 5 episodes of the gay-themed vampire television series The Lair as a sinister vampire out for revenge. In 2010, Danning appeared in the horror film Virus X. In 2011, she starred in and produced a horror music video for heavy metal/rock band The Last Vegas.

Other ventures[edit]


From 2002 to 2003, Danning was a shareholder of the German ice hockey team SC Riessersee. As the first ever female co-owner of a German hockey team, Danning brought in three American players to the team, and saw the team return to the Vice Championship.[1][2] Danning is currently looking to buy and turn around an English Football club.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
1981 Saturn Award Outstanding Achievement Battle Beyond the Stars Won
1984 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actress Chained Heat Won
1984 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actress Hercules Won


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Von Dino Reisner (2002-12-30). "Riessersee, der Onkel aus Amerika und das Ziel: Aufstieg in die DEL: – WELT". Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  3. ^ Custis, Shaun. "Ex-glamour model lines up swoop for Sheffield Wednesday". The Sun. Retrieved September 15, 2015.

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