Sybil Danning

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.

Sybil Danning
Danning in 2018
Sybille Johanna Danninger

(1952-05-24) May 24, 1952
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names
  • Cybil Danning
  • Sybil Danning Lasse
  • Actress
  • model
  • producer
Years active1968–present
  • Horst Lasse (m. 1991)


Early years and first films

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.

Rise to fame (1980–1990)

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 disrupted when she suffered a spinal disc herniation while rehearsing a film stunt.

Return (2003–present)

In 2003 Danning was invited by Kevin Clement 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


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

  • Komm nur, mein liebstes Vögelein (1968) – Lorelei
  • Liebesmarkt in Dänemark (1971) – Diane
  • Siegfried und das sagenhafte Liebesleben der Nibelungen (The Long Swift Sword of Siegfried) (1971) – Kriemhild
  • Hausfrauen-Report (1971) – Edith Heimann
  • Ehemänner-Report (1971) – Sybille
  • Paragraph 218 – Wir haben abgetrieben, Herr Staatsanwalt (1971) – Judge's Wife
  • Urlaubsreport – Worüber Reiseleiter nicht sprechen dürfen (1971) – Ina, die Anhalterin
  • Das ehrliche Interview (The Honest Interview) (1971)
  • Lover of the Great Bear (1971)
  • Das Mädchen mit der heißen Masche (Loves of a French Pussycat) (1972) – Andrea (uncredited)
  • Eye in the Labyrinth (1972) – Toni
  • Gelobt sei, was hart macht (1972) – Phyllilia
  • The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972) – Lulu Palm
  • Bluebeard (1972) – The Prostitute
  • Die liebestollen Apothekerstöchter (Naughty Nymphs) (1972) – Elizabeth
  • Little Funny Guy (1973) – Pamela
  • The Three Musketeers (1973) – Eugenie

Awards and nominations

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


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