Marlene Schmidt became the first German wonan to win the Miss Universe crown in 1961.
Born and raised in Breslau, East Germany. In 1961 Marlene decided to enter the Miss Baden-Württemberg 1961 pageant, in the hope of winning the car that was offered as a prize. When she won the title of Miss Baden-Württemberg 1961 she was sent to represent the title at Miss Germany 1961, where she also won and became one of the 47 other Miss Universe finalists to compete in Miami Florida. At Miss Universe 1961 Marlene was the tenth consecutive Miss Germany to place at Miss Universe, and then Marlene became the first Miss Germany to win the pageant!
Marlene remains the only Miss Universe from Germany.
After her Miss Universe reign, in 1962, Marlene became the third wife of American actor Ty Hardin, together they had Marlene's only daughter. In 1966 the two divorced each other. Ty went on to have a total of eight wives, including Marlene, before his death in 2017.
Between 1972 and 1986 Marlene was involved in the Hollywood Movie scene. Where she was known as an actor, producer and a writer in eleven different productions. Marlene was not afraid to have female nudity featured in her films as there is a scene featuring nudity in almost every one of her shows.
Marlene was part of 1972 Oscar-nominated for musical score, "skin-fest" feature The Stepmother. She was also involved in The Teacher (1974), The Specialist (1975), Dr. Minx (1975), Scorchy (1976), Texas Detour (1978), The Fifth Floor (1978), Separate Ways (1981), Mortuary (1983), They're Playing with Fire (1984) and Kidnapped (1986).
After her years involved in Hollywood movies, Marleen returned to Germany where she now resides in Saarbrücken.