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Ilka Windish

Ilka Windish has played many dramatic roles in her acting career but none outweighs the fascinating drama of her own life. She was impressed by both Germans and Russians before escaping to the United States. Ilka was born in Vienna with a name no one could remember - Gerta Maria Theresa Honka Katherina Windish. She was 12 when Hitler invaded Austria... See full bio »
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 1972 All My Darling Daughters (TV Movie)
Mrs. Stephanelli
 1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
- Short Flight to a Distant Star (1972) ... Anitra
 1971 Vanished (TV Movie)
Hester Portinari
 1968 The Smugglers (TV Movie)
 1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Madame Rhodos
- A Very Warm Reception (1968) ... Madame Rhodos
 1965-1968 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Vera Stonecipher / Rosita Scanzano
- Nowhere to Run (1968) ... Vera Stonecipher
- The Pariah (1965) ... Rosita Scanzano
 1967 The Scorpio Letters (TV Movie)
Miss Gunther
 1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Jutta Hauptman
- The Easter Breach (1965) ... Jutta Hauptman
 1965 Many Happy Returns (TV Series)
- Big White Lie (1965) ... Mariana
 1963 Bonanza (TV Series)
Mother Veronica
- A Question of Strength (1963) ... Mother Veronica
 1963 Empire (TV Series)
- Arrow in the Sky (1963) ... Eva
 1960-1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
Maria Richards / Teresa Garcia
- Will the Real Killer Please Stand Up? (1962) ... Maria Richards
- Moment of Truth (1960) ... Teresa Garcia
 1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
- My Native Land (1962) ... Eleni
 1961 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Rita Bellini
- A Rage for Justice (1961) ... Rita Bellini
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Monika Asparos
- Dark Legacy (1961) ... Monika Asparos
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Marta Tornek
- The Purple Gang (1960) ... Marta Tornek
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- The Killers of Mussolini (1959) ... Claretta
 1959 The Third Man (TV Series)
Marta Revere
- The Man Who Died Twice (1959) ... Marta Revere
 1955 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
- Passage of Arms (1955) ... Irme
 1953 Brutality
Elisabeth Karoly, Kellnerin (as Ilka Windisch)
 1952 No Time for Flowers
Woman Drunk
 1952 Knall und Fall als Hochstapler
Irene Dahlen (as Ilka Windisch)
 1952 Voices of Spring
Mannequin (as Ilka Windisch)
 1951 The Magic Face
Carla Harbach
 1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Ilka Windisch

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Viennese Ilka Windish was asked by an American friend to share her old world beauty secrets. She was reported to have smiled indulgently before explaining that she had lived in Austria during the Russian occupation and could not lay hands on commercial cosmetics; she learned to use cucumber juice as a facial astringent, castor oil as a treatment for her hair, and eggs for a facial mask. "When we ... See more »

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