Elke Sommer (born 5 November 1940), born Elke Baronesse von Schletz, is an actress, entertainer and artist who starred in many Hollywood films. Sommer was born in Berlin to Baron Peter von Schletz, a Lutheran minister, and his wife Renata, nee Topp. During the Second World War (in 1942) the family was evacuated to Niederndorf, a village near Erlangen, a small university town in Franconia, where she attended the Gymnasium (high school). Her father died when she was 14 years old but she still graduated from high school with an Abitur.