Thursday, December 14, 2006

Christa Helm Revisited

For those of you who have inquired, we here at the Library have not given up on our quest to unearth more info about actress Christa Helm, star of the unreleased film, LET'S GO FOR BROKE. The starlet, whose 1977 murder remains unsolved, is generating more and more interest from a number of sources and author John O'Dowd(John O'Dowd Presents: Hollywood Starlet - Barbara Payton) and I continue to work on her life story. The more we learn, the more complex and fascinating a woman she becomes. If you or anyone you know knew Christa, please contact me with any and all information you might have on her life, her career and LET'S GO FOR BROKE. Use the "Search This Blog" function to check out my earlier pieces on her and watch for some big news on Christa soon.

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    The early 1970's were a difficult time for the women of the day.
    Their mom's were of the 50's, housekeepers, held against their will, by the "Right thing to do'.
    Those divorces hadn't much in the line of options either.
    Then there was the incoming age of peace, rock and roll, and the newfound sex, drugs and freedoms that no generation of women before had the pleasure, and pain of experiencing.
    My mother was one of these women, finally finding power in her sexuality, as opposed to the shame her earlier experiences had taught her.
    Her beauty was undeniable, and once she mastered the art of manipulation and charm, she found her way onto the path of her dreams. She was going to be a Movie Star!
    A few years of modeling and "Faking it" paid off when she moved to Hollywood and changed her name to Christa Helm.
    Living in a mansion, driving a new Jag, rich men falling all over her. Movie stars, sports figures, rich producers, politicians and musicians. They were all hers for the taking, and she took, and she worked, until she found herself on on the Yellow Brick Road of fame.
    Guest starring in Wonder Woman, Starsky and Hutch, making B rated movies, lathering in the Coppertone commercial of the day with Tarzan, and finally starring in her own debut film that was never released, all introduced her to the thrills and dangers of stardom.
    The lifestyles of Hollywood starlets of the time were filled with drugs, sex, murder, and money. My mother gained it all, and lost it all in a very short time.
    Down to her last dollars, waiting on a prime role and desperate to survive, she logged all of her escapades in a journal. The journal is rumored to have been filled with lovers, events and details of her private moments.
    Her affairs, beauty and strength enraged many who knew my mother , but those same attributes also brough respect, career growth, and an array of people who truly loved and respected the beauty within her.
    In the end those who loved and hated her would all become scrutinized under an investigation that remains open today, almost 30 years later.
    In the early morning hours one February morning in 1977, my mother was murdered. Stabbed over 30 times. beaten with a blunt instrument and left to bleed to death under a parked car in an upscale Hollywood neighborhood.
    The case remains unsolved.
    She was born Sandra Wohlfeil.
    She died Christa Helm.

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