Marianne Koch was born on August 19, 1931 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. She began a studying for a medical degree in college but stopped to pursue an acting career. Her first film appearance was in 1950's "The Man Who Wanted to Live Twice". In 1954 she appeared with Gregory Peck and Broderick Crawford in "Night People". She received a Best Actress Award for her performance in "Vater sein dagegen sehr" (1957). She was well known by German TV viewers for her appearances on the game show "Was bin ich" (1950-1988). Koch was signed to a Hollywood contract and appeared in several films under the pseudonym Marianne Cook. Her most remembered film appearance was as Marisol alongside Clint Eastwood in "Fistful of Dollars" (1964). In all, Koch appeared in 6 Euro-westerns such as "The Last Ride to Santa Cruz" (1964), "A Place Called Glory" (1965), and "Clint the Stranger" (1967). She married Dr. Gerhard Freund in 1953 and the they had two children. The couple divorced in 1973 after Marianne had returned to finish her degree in medicine in 1971 and graduated in 1974. She practiced internal medicine until retiring in 1997. She hosted a medical advice program on radio and made regular appearances on the German TV talk show "3 nach 9" for which she received the prestigious Grimme Preis Award. Today we celebrate the 80th birthday of Marianne Koch.