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The German hotel manager from the small Westphalian town of Höxter was eight years younger than Elke Sommer and could look back on an impressive career, during which he had worked for the George V in Paris and the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. By now, he was the managing director of the Essex House in New York City – six flight hours away from Los Angeles, the adoptive hometown of Elke Sommer. So it was no wonder that the two lovebirds would soon redefine the term “frequent fliers”.

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However, it quickly became clear that their relationship was far more than just a romantic fling and that it was worth all the pain and efforts. For decades, Elke Sommer had been chased and adored by men all over the world, but it was only now that she found a home for her soul. So, all of a sudden, it made not only perfect sense to finally initiate the legal separation from Joe Hyams, no: after ten years, the divorce became an urgent matter of the heart.
Elke Sommer and Wolf Walther married on August 29, 1993. The dream wedding took place in the Franconian hometown of the bride whose childhood dream came true after all: Against all odds, she walked down the aisle in a white wedding dress, towards the love of her life.

 
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After the honeymoon, it was time for major changes: Wolf Walther moved to Los Angeles where he worked initially as the managing director of the Century Plaza Hotel and later, until his retirement in 2008, as the general manager of the Universal Sheraton.


For Elke Sommer, the adjustment was even more dramatic. For more than thirty-five years, her work had dominated her life: No more! She tried her luck as a full-time wife and found fulfillment in making a loving home for her husband and her numerous pets.

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And that is how it is still today. Elke Sommer is extremely selective when it comes to choosing TV, theater or film roles. Her last stage appearance was in 2006 when she starred with huge success at Cologne’s Theater am Dom in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks , and her last movie was the 2010 film Das Leben ist zu lang, a comedy directed by Dani Levy. New projects are in the works, but other things have always priority.

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Mr. and Mrs. Wolf Walther are both passionate golfers competing every year in a variety of major VIP tournaments. Furthermore, Elke Sommer is heavily involved in animal protection issues and she actively supports the Amanda Foundation and their mission to rescue abused animals, provide them with medical care, and find them loving new homes. Yet, one thing will never change: her personal happiness plays the first fiddle in the symphony of Elke Sommer’s life.