Maria Rohm
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Helga Grohmann

(1945-08-13)13 August 1945
Vienna, Austria
Died18 June 2018(2018-06-18) (aged 72)
OccupationActress, film producer
Spouse(s)Harry Alan Towers (1964–2009, his death)

Maria Rohm (13 August 1945 – 18 June 2018) was an Austrian actress.[1]

Born Helga Grohmann in Vienna, she started her acting career at the very young age, working at the famous Viennese Burgtheatre as a child actor from ages 4 through 13. She continued her theatrical work until the age of 18 when she auditioned for British film producer, Harry Alan Towers, whom she would later marry. Working with Towers she became famous for appearing in a number of films directed by Jesús Franco in the late 1960s, including Venus in Furs, The Bloody Judge and Count Dracula.[citation needed]

Personal life

Rohm remained married to Towers from 1964 until his death in 2009. She retired from acting in 1976, but continued to produce independent films.[citation needed]


Rohm died in Toronto on 18 June 2018 at 72. She had been hospitalized for paralysis in the legs after collapsing to the ground. The tests led to the discovery of acute leukemia and a tumor pressing against her spine (which caused the paralysis), although Rohm remained convinced that she was suffering from sciatica. Her condition rapidly deteriorated and she died a few days after entering the hospital.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1964 Teufel im Fleisch Prostituierte
1964 Mozambique Uncredited
1965 Twenty-Four Hours to Kill The Firm: Claudine
1965 City of Fear Maid
1966 Our Man in Marrakesh Woman in Carriage Uncredited
1967 Five Golden Dragons Ingrid
1967 The Million Eyes of Sumuru Helga
1967 The Vengeance of Fu Manchu Ingrid
1967 The House of 1,000 Dolls Diane Worked with Vincent Price
1968 Eve Anne
1968 The Blood of Fu Manchu Ursula Wagner
1968 99 Women Marie
1969 The Girl from Rio (aka Die sieben Männer der Sumuru) Leslye
1969 Marquis de Sade: Justine Juliette
1969 Venus in Furs Wanda Reed
1970 Eugenie… The Story of Her Journey into Perversion Madame Saint Ange
1970 The Bloody Judge Mary Gray
1970 Count Dracula Mina Murray
1970 Dorian Gray Alice Campbell
1971 Black Beauty Anne Piggot [1]
1972 Sex Charade
1972 Treasure Island Mrs. Hawkins worked with Orson Welles
1972 Call of the Wild Mercedes worked with Charlton Heston
1974 And Then There Were None Elsa Martino
1975 The Killer is Not Alone Teresa
1975 Closed Up-Tight
1976 Blue Belle Marie (final film role)


  1. ^ a b Greenspun, Roger (25 November 1971). "Black Beauty (1971)". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  2. ^ Addio all’attrice Maria Rohm, bionda musa erotica di Jesus Franco -