Who is Sybil Danning?
Sybil Danning is an Austrian model, actress, and film producer, who is best known for her appearances in B-movies in the 1970s and 1980s.
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Sybil Danning Age, Early Life, Family, and Education Background
Sybille Johanna Danninger was born under the Gemini Zodiac sign on 24 May 1952, in Wels, Austria. This makes her 68 years old in May 2020. She was the love child of an Austrian mother and a German-Dutch-American father – her dad left for the United States before she was born, and her mother raised her. She is an Austrian by nationality and belongs to white ethnicity.
Later, her mother married a US Army major, and the family moved to the US. She grew up travelling with her family around various army bases in places such as Maryland, New Jersey, and California. Sybil attended Eatontown’s Star of the Sea Catholic School in California.
When Sybil’s father was posted to work in Japan, her mother refused to follow him, and returned to Austria. Her parents later divorced and Sybil had to look for a job at the age of 14 to help her mother, working for her uncle as a dental hygienist to support her family. When she turned 16, Sybil left her home town and moved to Salzburg, where she joined a school of cosmetology.
Sybil Danning Career and Rise to Stardom
While working as a cosmetician, she was offered photo layouts and fashion shows. Sybil made her on-screen debut in “Komm nur, mein liebstes Vogelein,” a German comedy in 1968. She followed this with “The Long Swift Sword of Siegfried,” an erotic action film as Kriemhild in 1971. From there, Sybil continued to receive small film roles, which were mostly based on her sex symbol image.
In 1978, Sybil moved to Hollywood to further her acting career. She landed her first film role in “Battle Beyond the Stars,” a Roger Corman’s space opera cult classic, which helped her get established as an actress.
In the 1980s, Sybil appeared in various films, including “Chained Heat,” “Malibu Express,” “Hercules,” “Reform School Girls,” and “Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf.”
In 1990, Sybil’s acting career was interrupted when she suffered a spinal disc herniation as she was rehearsing for a movie stunt. She subsequently took a break from acting until 2003, when Kevin Clement invited her to his Chiller Theatre in New Jersey to meet her adoring fans. She was overwhelmed by her fans’ love, as they wanted to see her on the big screen once more.
Chiller Theatre went ahead to feature Sybil in her debut appearance after her break in its documentary “Unconventional” in 2004. She made her return to the big screen in 2007 when she appeared in “Werewolf Women of the S.S.,” a faux trailer, which was directed by Rob Zombie for Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse. The same year, Sybil also appeared as nurse Wynn in “Halloween,” a Rob Zombie’s remake of John Carpenter’s original movie.
In 2008, Sybil relocated to Austria to play the role of Anna Gruber, Patrick Swayze’s witness in the drama film “Jump,” loosely based on the real-life Halsman murder case.
She also starred in five episodes of “The Lair,” a gay-themed vampire TV series, playing the role of a sinister vampire who was out for vengeance.
Two years later, Danning appeared in “Virus X” a horror movie, and the following year she both produced and appeared in the music/horror video for a rock band, “The Last Vegas.” In 2017, she appeared in “The Last Revenants,” a vampire film; the plot follows a great plague that has killed all vampires on the planet save for four lone female survivors of the species, who have to integrate into society or risk becoming extinct.
Sybil Danning Personal Life, Married, and Children
Although Sybil has not shared a lot about her personal life; it’s known that she married Horst Lasse in 1991 and the two have been married ever since. The two have been married for over 29 years now, but there’s no information about the couple having any children.
Sybil Danning Trivia
Between 2002 and 2003, she was a shareholder of “SC Riessersee,” the German ice hockey club, the first-ever female co-owner of a German hockey team. During that time, Sybil brought to the team three American players, and ensured that the team returned to the Vice Championship.
Sybil was awarded the Golden Scroll Award of Merit, for her acting role in the space opera “Battle Beyond the Stars” as Saint-Exmin, the Valkyrie warrior.
Danning was considered for the lead female role in “Octopussy,” a James Bond movie in 1983. However, the position was awarded to Maud Adams.
Sybil is the Chief Operating Officer and president of Adventuress Productions, a corporation she founded in 1989 with Robert P. Palazzo and S.C. Dacy.
She hosted her collection of 26 action-adventure movies entitled “Sybil Danning’s Adventure Video” for the USA Home Video company. She made an appearance at the beginning to introduce the video with campy one-liners, and came back at the end to wrap it up.
Sybil Danning Net Worth
Sybil has made most of her wealth through her acting career. Reputable sources estimate Sybil Danning’s net worth to stand at $2 million as of 2020.