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    http://westernboothill.blogspot.com/...-raki.html?m=1

    That was the only obit I came across. I couldn't find the source.

    Her One Step Beyond episode, House of the Dead, I think is one of the British studio ones.
    Last edited by will; 10th January 2019, 10:11 AM.

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    Very saddened to read this, Will. Laya Raki would have been very well-known to British TV viewers in the 1960s for the mostly lost series Crane, starring Patrick Allen. Only two of the 39 episodes survive and spin-off show Orlando (played by Sam Kydd) wasn't any luckier.

    That One Step Beyond is my best chance of seeing Laya at the moment, as I don't have anything on DVD. This and a crazy upload of her guest role in I Spy are the only credits I've found on YouTube. Despite the good picture quality, the latter's episode has been continuously uploaded several times, stretching its running time to more than four hours.

    Much happier discoveries at the photo and newspaper archive sites, including pictures of her with first husband Ron Randell. She has blonde hair in this picture from the 20th December 1961 Australian Women's Weekly:

    Although Laya married again after his death (second husband predeceased her by six months), I was moved to read, in the obituary Will linked, that she and Ron are buried alongside each other. After all the sadness they endured in their later years, I hope they've now found eternal happiness together.

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    • #3
      Cornershop, I found this clip.
       

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      • cornershop15
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        Thanks, Will. YouTube have a more dramatic scene from the film (type 'Camino cortado - Clip 2'), which has Spanish dialogue but unfortunately no English subtitles.

        Going back to that awful 'I Spy' upload, I recognised Joanne Linville while looking for Laya's appearance. Like her co-star, she is 91 now. Both lovely ladies when young.

    • #4
      That is sad - I've been reading a lot about Laya recently as she made a film locally.

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      • cornershop15
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        Presumably 'The Seekers', filmed in New Zealand.

    • #5
      Also a singer, apparently...

      http://www.45cat.com/record/f124de

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      • #6
        She is in The Nylon Noose (1963). It is on veoh in it's entirety, a German thriller dubbed in Englsh. But her role is small. Not great, but watchable.

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        • #7
          Originally posted by zabadak View Post
          Also a singer, apparently...

          http://www.45cat.com/record/f124de
          No singing there. Just a load of silly c***p.

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          • #8
            Originally posted by Shirley Brahms View Post

            No singing there. Just a load of silly c***p.
            Oh, lol!

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            • #9
              Oh, Johnny!

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              • #10
                Marsha Marsha Marsha!

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                • #11
                  She made the news when she first came to the UK as she had been brought into England from Germany by a dubious character, on the pretext of making a film, who left her stranded.

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