"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Girl of the Day - Not Faye Dunaway

At the beginning of one of my favorite all-time movies, the original version of The Thomas Crowne Affair, with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, McQueen has an extraordinarily beautiful girlfriend to whom he pays scant attention.   The one scene I remember is when he is flying his glider very dangerously while the girl waits for him on the ground nervously.   Anyway, her name was Astrid Heeren:


Again, the crap you remember when you get older.  Sheesh!

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  1. I just saw her tonight in the film "Castle Keep" on TV, where she shared a bed with Burt Lancaster and fell in love with him. She was the main female role.
    She was believable and unbelievably beautiful.
    It seems she did one more film, but was more active as a model, naturally.

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    1. I ran into Peter Falk in Tokyo--completely by accident--and told him how much I loved Castle Keep. Under any other circumstances, he might have told me to butt out of his dinner and drinks. But he was genuinely appreciative. Loved Astrid Heeren!

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  2. She was a very famous and sought after Dutch fashion model in the mid sixties and early seventies who could make the transformation from modeling to acting. Unlike Jean Shrimpton.

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    1. Obviously didn't make it very far into this "transformation".

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  3. Does anybody have more information on this gorgeous model/actress?, where she was born, her age, is she still alive today?
    Please post

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    1. Yes - Astrid is well and lives in Manhattan.

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  4. check out the fan site i created about Astrid Heeren:
    http://astridheeren.weebly.com/

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    1. I can't find your website for Astrid Heeren. She was a Dutch fashion model before she got into movies briefly. I assume you are New Jersey Greek?

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    2. Despite the Dutch name she's actually German - I've met her. She's very private so I won't elaborate.

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  5. http://www.minimadmod60s.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=95233

    cool site,60's models,has astrid heeren

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  6. My brothers and I loved the movie CASTLE KEEP, so of course we also thought Astrid Heeren was one of the most beautiful actresses ever. In the early 70s she was still modeling, did Cosmopolitan covers, but I happened to read an article about her that said she was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and they printed her birthday which sticks in my mind that she was an Aquarius, and her love life was mentioned, that she was the girlfriend of wealthy banker Jay Mellon of Philadelphia. I'm sure if you contacted a German magazine such as Bunte or its derivative today, they would have more information on this German model/actress.

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  7. She may be German, but the surname Heeren is Dutch! Maybe she is German/Dutch.

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