‘Hogan’s Heroes’ Star Cynthia Lynn Dies at 76

Cynthia Lynn dead "Hogan's Heroes"

Cynthia Lynn, who played Colonel Klink’s secretary Fraulein Helga on “Hogan’s Heroes” during the first season, died Monday in Los Angeles. She was 76 and had been suffering from hepatitis. She was among the last surviving cast members of the 1960s military comedy.

Born Zinta Valda Zimilis in Riga, Latvia, she last acted in 1975 in an episode of “Harry O.”

She also appeared in “Gidget Grows Up,” “Mission: Impossible,” “The Odd Couple,” “Love American Style” and “The Six Million Dollar Man.”

Before “Hogan’s Heroes,” she appeared on “Surfside 6” and “Dr. Kildare.” In 1964, she appeared in Marlon Brando starrer “Bedtime Story.”

After Marlon Brando died, her daughter Lisa came forward and said Brando was her father. She said her mother had met him on the set of “Bedtime Story.”

Lisa Brando posted on Facebook: “Just wanted to thank you all so much for all your prayers and support during this difficult time. My mother will be truly missed. All my love to you and all her loving fans. XOXO”

In 2002, Lynn’s life was chronicled in the book “Escape to Freedom: A Biography of Cynthia Lynn,” which told the story of her family’s journey from Latvia to Germany to the U.S. during and after WWII. It also told of her relationship with “Hogan’s Heroes” star Bob Crane, which was portrayed in the movie “Auto Focus.”

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  1. Laura says:

    Just loved her in hogans heros,gota find her book.why did she leave after 1 season.the next girl was not right for the part.know bob married her.feel she tricked him by getting preg.she didnt have the personality like cynthia.R.I.P.

  2. laura says:

    I liked her much better then the 2nd helga.was prittier,seemed nicer.the 2nd one he married was a gold digger said nasty things about crane.he was devorcing her when he died.shame what happened to him.love hogans heros.great actors!!!R.I.P.mr.crane.

  3. Edward Ross says:

    Always enjoyed Hogans Heroes . Started showing reruns here in El Paso recently .Did not realize Frauline Helga was played by other woman. Another great actress passed away. We will see her in paradise. Now we gotta get there

  4. When was she born? I can find 2 different dates, 2nd or 7th April 1936. Whichever it was, that would make her 77 when she died.

  5. laura says:

    She was my fav women on the show ever!! Her and bob crane made such a awesome couple.have the dvds and watch alot.so funny still.R.I.P.Cynthia.

  6. Mr. trivia buff says:

    And Ivan Dixon ?

  7. Mike says:

    Isn’t Robert Clary still alive?

  8. NS says:

    My deepest sympathies to the Lynn family. Please take comfo:rt in knowing that very soon death will be done away with forever. (Isaiah 25:8) My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  9. Lynne says:

    My Dad and I always watched Hogan’s Heros together,,,,Rest in Peace,,my prayers go out her daughter

  10. WillOfThePeople says:

    Remember when Hollywood was pro America…? It has been quite some time. RIP Fraulein Helga.

    • Meredith H. says:

      Goodbye and may God bless, Cynthia Lynn. Your beautiful face and smile helped make Hogan’s a hit. I still love the show. You will be missed, Fraulein Helga.

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