Played Rita in David Lynch's Oscar-nominated Mulholland Drive.
She traveled often as a child, including studying in Switzerland when she was sixteen and working as a social worker in India.
Film critic Roger Ebert once compared her to the classical film star Rita Hayworth.
Previously married to the politician Carl-Eduard von Bismarck.
She starred with Javier Bardem the 2007 film Love in the Time of Cholera.