Bakersfield, California, USA
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Sigrid Valdis (September 21, 1935 – October 14, 2007) was an American actress. Born Patricia Annette Olson in Bakersfield, California, Valdis grew up in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, finding both runway and print modeling jobs as a teenager, working for Bullock`s and other department stores. After graduating from Marymount High School, she moved to Europe and then to New York City, where she continued her modeling career and studied acting with Stella Adler. 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.
Valdis was married twice. Her first marriage was to fashion businessman George Gilbert Ateyeh with whom she had a daughter. Ateyeh died in 1967. 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. 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.
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 , and son Scott, her sister Dale Gudegast and husband Hans of California, one granddaughter and four grandsons.
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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.
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