The Wild Career Of Marlene Appelt! Cult Films And A Sudden Disappearance!

Meet “French Pussycat” Marlene Appelt!

Whenever I find a Cult Movie Queen, I try to give as much biographical information as I can find…so what about those stars who simply vanish?

Marlène Appelt is one of those: an actress known for a few great cult films in the early 70’s, plus some provocative pictorials, then – NOTHING.

So what happened? A Model / Actress with a rich catalog uf work simply drops out of sight!

I have shared some of these Actresses before, and some of you have offered up some great new information – perhaps you can help me figure out what happened to Marlene Appelt!

She was a popular Actress and Model in the 70’s, but there is so little known about her…let’s look at some of her career highlights:

You see, there has to be SOMETHING big happening in your career to be part of a photo shoot like this!

Here’s a look at her career, beginning with an obscure German film from 1971:


The lot is pure exploitation: a sixteen-year-old girl is selected by a matchmaking computer to become the wife of a 35-year-old star photographer.

Appelt wasn’t the star of this film, but the next year she turned up in two very popular “Euro-sleaze” film of the era:

“Le Sex Shop”

This 1972 French sex comedy was directed by Claude Berri, and told the story of bookshop owner in Paris who decides to convert his library into a sex-shop but the only effect is that he turns himself into a sexual obsessive man.

And it gave movie goers a chance to see all of Marlene:

That same year, she was also featured in this European sex shocker:

“Loves Of A French Pussycat”

This 1972 film has a plot designed to give us plenty of eye candy:

Rolf, a sex-advice columnist and a lecher, has affairs with numerous women, but never a permanent relationship. Suzanne, one of his ex-lovers, offers to bet that no woman can get Rolf to propose marriage, a bet her girlfriend Andrea (played by Sybil Danning) eagerly accepts. But there’s a catch: To win the bet, Andrea must get the womanizing Rolf to commit to marriage without first going to bed with him!

As you can see, a shorter title was used to release the film in the US, highlighting the star of the film, Sybil Danning!

Yes, Sybil Danning was in “French Pussycat” as well – what a career she had!

I took at look at her revealing films as well, which you can see by clicking here:

It was a film designed for “modern” tastes, with lots of nudity and sexual situations:

Appelt was also a hugely popular pinup Model – just enter her name on a goole search and you will find a ton of photos – here is a look at some of these provocative covers and photos:

So What Happened To Marlene Applelt?

And here is where the mystery begins: after these three films, there is NO mention of Marlene at all – no films on her resume – she just stopped acting!

She also left us with a incredible library of photos – check out some of the beautiful photo spreads she posed for:

So, a stunningly beautiful Actress / Model just drops out of sight – no more credits anywhere.

If you know anything about Marlene Appelt, let us know!

I’ve posted about other Cult Movie Queens like Marlene:

Actress Annie Sparrow starred in the Eurosleaze shocker “The Sinful Dwarf”, then dsapeared forever! That was after sharing a cell nude with other victims of that “Sinful Dwarf!”

You can see the movie trailer and more to understand perhaps why she did!

Click here for more:

Italian sex kitten Leonara Fani also appeared in a number of erotic films as well:

This Cult Movie Queen appeared in a number of great European thrillers, and you can see movie trailers and lots of provocative photos by clicking on my story here:

And if you want to see one of the wildest performances in any European sex shocker, “The Demoniacs” is for you!

Joelle Coeur made some wild films in the early 70’s as well, then she also disappeared!

See the mystery of her career here:

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Let me know if you’ve seen any of these films, or have any idea of what has happened to any of these missing Cult Movie Queens!

Categories: 70's Films, Artsploitation, Books / Media, Camp Cult Classics, Euro-Sleaze, Exploitation Films, Grindhouse, JRsploitation, Nudity, sex kittens, Sexploitation Films, Talent / Celebrites

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13 replies

  1. Unfortunately, I’ve never heard of any of these women before seeing this post today, so I’m not able to contribute anything. But I do have a question about someone else. Probably sometime back in the 1980s, someone who I was friends with and then lost touch with them in the last five years now roughly went to Quakertown, Pennsylvania and met Taija Rae in person!! He didn’t tell me ahead of time that he was planning on going, so I never got to meet her myself!! Is there anyone who knows what happened with her, because I have not heard about her probably going back to the early 1990s. I really liked her a lot, and hope that someone knows what happened or became of her.


  2. It’s interesting how so many of these actresses just disappear. Clearly, a lot of them probably got into a serious relationship (married, children, followed by “respectable career” perhaps) and then decided to sweep their potentially controversial history behind them. Of course, practically no-one ever imagined that the internet would keep these films/images alive indefinitely!

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    • Terrific point. I’m sure the vast majority just retreated into regular life and don’t care to keep these film roles alive..but so many of them are being remastered and re-released, so their work can be appreciated! Thanks for commenting!


  3. Let’s hope Marlene married a nice man (or woman, I want to be inclusive) and lived happily ever after! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. Great article. It’s odd how these starlets suddenly vanish, denying us the chance to see more of them. I occasionally stumble across actresses who appeared nude in films or on TV once and then vanish. One is the gorgeous Camille Fancea, who appeared in an episode of a 2009 French series called Beauregard where she stripes naked to tease two teen boys. Then she vanished. I did searches but of course there’s nothing about her online. Was she never cast again, which would seem strange for a young actress willing to go nude in the French entertainment industry? Did she get married? We may never know.

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  5. I’d never heard of Marlene until now but I do remember seeing that photo of her getting the tattoo from that incredibly lucky guy. I think it appeared in Playboy if I’m not mistaken.

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