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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Veruschka

Veruschka and some ominous black dude in Casino Royale (2006)
Veruschka is something of a character. Back in the 60's she was a super-model and had a part in the movie Blow-Up. She was born a veritable princess, but shortly thereafter her life turned to shit:
Veruschka was born Vera Gottliebe Anna Gräfin von Lehndorff-Steinort on 14 May 1939, in KönigsbergEast Prussia, now known as Kaliningrad, Russia. She grew up at Steinort, an estate in East Prussia, which had been in her family for centuries. Her mother was Countess Gottliebe von Kalnein (b. 1913). Her father, Heinrich Graf von Lehndorff-Steinort, was a German count and army reserve officer who became a key member of the German Resistance, reportedly after witnessing Jewish children being beaten and killed. When Veruschka was five years old, her father was executed for allegedly attempting to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the July 20 Plot. After his death, the remaining family members spent their times in labor camps until the end of World War II. By the end of the war, her family was left homeless. - Wikipedia
The July 20 Plot was the basis for the 2008 movie Valkyrie with Tom Cruise.

Veruschka: Transfigurations
In 1986 she collaborated on Veruschka: Transfigurations, a book about body paint, which is how she got on my radar.

Via LMF.

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