Born Patricia Annette Olson, Sigrid Valdis was an American actress best known for her role as Hilda in the television series ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ She had appeared in television programs such as “Kraft Television Theatre” and “The Wild, Wild West.” The actress appeared in ‘Marriage on the Rocks,’ ‘Our Man Flint,’ and ‘The Venetian Affair’ on the big screen. She had also appeared in a number of television programs and films as a guest star. Valdis, who was twice widowed, died of lung cancer in 2007 at the age of 72. In the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, she was cremated. She is remembered not only by Hollywood actors and actresses but also by individuals outside of the film business. Valdis, who had tens of thousands of followers during her lifetime, continues to live on in the hearts of her fans throughout the world, years after her passing.
Sigrid Valdis’s Career
Sigrid Valdis made her debut in a supporting role in the 1962 film Two Tickets to Paris. She subsequently appeared as a guest on an episode of “Kraft Suspense Theatre.” In 1965, she portrayed Kitty in the film “Marriage on the Rocks.” In the same year, she appeared in an episode of “The Wild, Wild West.”
The American actress played Hilda in the television series ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ from 1966 until 1971. She also appeared in “Our Man Flint” and “The Venetian Affair” at this time. Valdis also acted on stage, most notably in 1968 when she toured with her second husband, Bob Crane, in the Broadway production of “Cactus Flower.” In 1998, the attractive actress joined the cast of “Shaken, Not Stirred,” her son’s monthly sketch comedy radio program.
Individual Life and Death
Patricia Annette Olson gave birth to Sigrid Valdis on September 21, 1935, in Bakersfield, California, United States. She attended private schools, including Marymount High School, while growing up in the Brentwood/Westwood areas of Los Angeles.
Valdis traveled to Europe and subsequently to New York City after graduating. While working as a runway model for a designer, she married a fashion industry magnate, George Gilbert Atiyeh. Valdis began attending Stella Adler’s Theatre School following the birth of their first child, Melissa.
Atiyeh passed away in 1967, and Valdis later married actor Bob Crane. In 1971, with the birth of their son Scott, the actress retired from acting. Following the murder of Crane in 1978, Valdis left the Los Angeles region.
Valdis passed away on October 14, 2007, in Anaheim, California, from lung cancer. She was survived by her two daughters Melissa and Ana Sarmiento, her son Scott, her sister Dale, her brother-in-law Eric, her granddaughter Robbyn Smith, and four grandsons. Deborah, Karen, and Robert David Crane were her stepchildren from Bob Crane’s previous marriage to Anne Terzian.
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