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Heidi Brühl

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Heidi Brühl (born 30 January 1942, Munich - died 8 June 1991, Starnberg) was a German singer and actress who came to prominence as a young teenager and had a prolific career in film and television. She was also a successful recording artist, and is known for her participation in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest.

Brühl first screen appearance was in the 1954 film Der letzte Sommer with Liselotte Pulver, but it was in the role of Dalli, in what became known as the "Immenhof films", that she became famous in Germany. Die Mädels von Immenhof, adapted from a novel by children's writer Ursula Vruns, appeared in 1955 and was followed by two sequels at yearly intervals.

In 1959, Brühl obtained a record deal with the Philips label, and her first single Chico Chico Charlie reached #5. In 1960 her recording of Wir Wollen Niemals Auseinandergehen or "(We Will Never Part) (Ring of Gold)" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

Brühl first took part in the German Eurovision selection in 1960 with the Michael Jary-composed "Wir wollen niemals auseinandergehen" ("We Never Want to Be Apart"), which finished in second place but went on to top the German singles chart for nine weeks. She participated again in 1963, and this time was successful when the song "Marcel" was chosen to go forward to the eighth Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 5 March in London. Marcel finished the evening in ninth place of 16 entries.

Brühl met American actor Brett Halsey, and moved with him to Rome, where they married in December 1964. In 1970, she moved to the USA where she appeared in shows in Las Vegas and played in television series such as Columbo. Brühl returned to Germany to play in two further Immenhof sequels in 1973/74. She appeared in The Eiger Sanction in 1975.

Brühl and Halsey divorced in 1976, and she returned to live in Germany the following year. She did dubbing work on films such as The NeverEnding Story and Look Who's Talking Too, and her last roles were in television serials such as Ein Fall für zwei and Praxis Bülowbogen.

Brühl died of breast cancer on 8 June 1991, aged 49.

Heidi Brühl has published photos.