Cynthia Lynn

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Cynthia Lynn
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Lynn as Fräulein Helga in Hogan's Heroes, c. 1965
Zinta Valda Zimilis

(1937-04-02)April 2, 1937
DiedMarch 10, 2014(2014-03-10) (aged 76)
Years active1962-1975
Known forHogan's Heroes
Partner(s)Marlon Brando
Bob Crane

Cynthia Lynn (born Zinta Valda Zimilis; April 2, 1937 – March 10, 2014) was a Latvian-born American actress.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lynn was born in Riga, Latvia as Zinta Valda Zimilis[2] At age eight, she and her mother Alisa fled in the country prior to the Soviet re-occupation of Latvia in 1944 during World War II, eventually arriving in the United States in 1950.[3]


Lynn is best known as "Fräulein Helga" in Hogan's Heroes during the first season (1965–1966), she returned to the series in the 1968 and 1971 episodes, "Will the Blue Baron Strike Again" and "Easy Come, Easy Go", respectively. Her last acting role was in 1975 in an episode of Harry O,[4] she also appeared in such television series as Gidget Grows Up, Mission: Impossible, The Odd Couple, Love American Style, and The Six Million Dollar Man.[2]

Lynn wrote an autobiography, Escape to Freedom in 2000, with the assistance of Edward Ansara.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Lynn was romantically involved with actor Marlon Brando. After Brando's death in 2004, her daughter Lisa claimed that her mother and Brando's short-lived affair resulted in her birth in 1964,[2] she had also been in an romantic relationship with Hogan's Heroes costar Bob Crane.[2]


Lynn died on March 10, 2014, at age 76, from multiple organ failure after being stricken with hepatitis,[6] she is survived by her daughter and son, Lisa and Tony.[4]


  1. ^ "Cynthia Lynn, Helga on 'Hogan's Heroes', dies 76". Hollywood Memorial. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "'Hogan's Heroes' Star Cynthia Lynn Dies at 76". Variety. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  3. ^ Ansara, Edward (2000). Escape to Freedom: An Autobiography of Cynthia Lynn. 1st Book Library. ISBN 9781588206466.
  4. ^ a b "Hogan's Heroes Star Cynthia Lynn Dies". Variety. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  5. ^ Edward Ansara (December 28, 2000). Escape to Freedom: The Autobiography of Cynthia Lynn. AuthorHouse. ISBN 1588206467.
  6. ^ "Cynthia Lynn, One Of The Last Surviving Hogan's Heroes Stars, Dies". TMZ. Retrieved March 11, 2014.

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