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Christine Kaufmann, Golden Globe-winning actress who was married to Tony Curtis, dies at 72

Christine Kaufmann, Golden Globe-winning actress who was married to Tony Curtis, dies at 72
Tony Curtis and Christine Kaufmann stroll in Moscow's Red Square in 1963. (AP)

Christine Kaufmann, an Austrian-born actress who became the country's first Golden Globe winner and was married to Tony Curtis in the 1960s, has died. She was 72.

Kaufmann died in Munich, Germany, after a battle with leukemia, her management company told the dpa news agency Tuesday.

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Born in 1945, Kaufmann made her acting debut in 1952 and won a Golden Globe for her 1961 Hollywood debut, "Town Without Pity," in which she played, alongside Kirk Douglas, a German girl raped by American soldiers.

She met Curtis a year later while filming "Taras Bulba" and the two married in 1963. They had two daughters before divorcing in 1968.

Kaufmann also appeared in the 1997 cult classic "Bagdad Cafe," an offbeat comedy set in a desolate truck stop cafe and motel in the Mojave Desert.

While continuing to act, Kaufmann later in life also wrote health and beauty books, and established her own line of cosmetics.

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