Biography of Sybil Lasse Danning (a.k.a.: Cybil Danning)
Sybil Danning (born May 24, 1952) is an Austrian actress known for her many roles in European films, B movies, cult films, science fiction films, and action films.
Danning was born in Wels, Upper Austria, Austria as Sybille Johanna Danninger. Danning was the love child of a German-Dutch-American father, who had to leave for the United States before Danning's birth. Her Austrian mother raised her until she married a United States Army major, who relocated his new family to the United States. Danning led a nomadic early life on various Army bases in Sacramento, Maryland, and New Jersey.
In New Jersey, she attended Eatontown's Star of the Sea Catholic School, which explains her bilingual ease with both English and German. Then the family moved to Germany. Soon thereafter, her stepfather was relocated and Danning's mother declined to follow when he was ordered to go to Japan. Returning to Austria, the financial situation during her mother's divorce obliged Danning to leave school at 14 to help support the family. She took a job with her uncle as a dental assistant. Danning left home at 16 due to the strictness of the household's regulations. She moved to Vienna, where she worked in a dental supply company.
After one year, Danning relocated to Salzburg, where she was hired to assist one of Europe's top oral surgeons, Dr. Franz Clementschitz. Some unnamed calling made her restless. She gave up her dental career and enrolled in the renowned Buchner School of Cosmetology in Salzburg and received her Diploma in facial treatment, decorative make-up, pedicure, manicure, and body massage. Danning planned to open her own beauty salon, but the state denied her an operating license because there were already five salons in the city. She was asked by the owner to work at the Buchner Institute as cosmetician, to book models and groom them. Soon Danning was much sought after for fashion shows and photo layouts full time, internationally exploiting her classic Nordic beauty.
Full name: Sybil Lasse Danning
Born: May 24, 1952
Birthplace: Wels, Upper Austria, Austria