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Laya Raki (1927–2018)

Billed as "the black-haired volcano", sloe-eyed Laya Raki made international headlines in the 1950s, both on and off the screen. She was born Brunhilde Marie Joerns near Brunswick in Germany, the daughter of a German vaudevillian and circus artiste who earned his living with magic acts and acrobatics. Her Javanese mother left when she was five ... See full bio »

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Hawaiian Eye Betta Dudoit
Crane Halima


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 1966 Savage Pampas
Mimí (uncredited)
 1965 I Spy (TV Series)
Tia Chang
- Dragon's Teeth (1965) ... Tia Chang
 1963-1965 Crane (TV Series)
- The Man in the Gold Waistcoat (1965) ... Halima
- The Death of Karaloff (1965) ... Halima
- A Violent Animal (1965) ... Halima
- A Cargo of Cornflour (1965) ... Halima
- Moving Target (1964) ... Halima
 1964 Das Haus auf dem Hügel
Suzanne, Bardame
 1963 Nylon Noose
 1962 The Beachcomber (TV Series)
Taffy (Lonika in credits) / Taffy
- Long Live the Sultan (1962) ... Taffy (Lonika in credits)
- Pat Hand (1962) ... Taffy
 1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
The Gypsy Girl
- The Gold Witch (1962) ... The Gypsy Girl
 1960 One Step Beyond (TV Series)
Mai Ling
- House of the Dead (1960) ... Mai Ling
 1960 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Betta Dudoit
- Kim Quixote (1960) ... Betta Dudoit
 1957 O.S.S. (TV Series)
Kyro Caro
- Operation Sweet Talk (1957) ... Kyro Caro
 1957 Song of Naples
Carmen Penha (as Laja Raky)
 1956 Roter Mohn
 1956 Küß mich noch einmal
 1955 The Adventures of Quentin Durward
Gypsy Dancer
 1955 Camino cortado
 1955 The Ambassador's Wife
 1954 The Beginning Was Sin
Gypsy Dancer
 1954 Up to His Neck
Lao Win Tan
 1954 Land of Fury
 1953 Die Rose von Stambul
 1953 Ehe für eine Nacht
Tänzerin / Dancer
 1950 Third from the Right
Exotic dancer
 1950 Der Rat der Götter
Show Show Self (4 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1/71) Stage: Appears in "Come Live With Me", Sydney, Australia. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Laja Raky

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On 18 September 1961 she wears a very low cut dress at the West End premiere of Fanny, Warner Brothers Cinema at Leicester Square, London, which she attends with her husband. See more »

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