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Also Known As: Renette Pauline Soutendijk, Renee P Soutendijk Died:
Born: May 21, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Netherlands Profession: actor, gymnast

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With her curly blonde hair, kewpie doll looks and trim figure, it seemed almost inevitable that Soutendijk would abandon her ambitions as an Olympic gymnast to pursue an acting career. Upon graduating from the Academy of Performing Arts in her native The Netherlands, this Nordic beauty won roles on stage and in TV and films, usually projecting cool ambition tempered with compassion. She made her feature debut in Wim Verstappen's "Pastorale 1943" (1978) but gained prominence as a short-order cook with social ambitions in Paul Verhoeven's "Spetters" (1980). Soutendijk went on to portray a resistance fighter in "Het meisje met het rede haar/The Girl With Red Hair" (1981) before reuniting with Verhoeven as a mysterious beauty shop owner who seduces a bisexual novelist (Jeroen Krabbe) in "De Vierde Man/The Fourth Man" (1982). She has appeared in numerous features in her native The Netherlands including "Abwarts/Out of Order" (1983), "Op hoop van zegen/The Good Hope" (1986) and "Eeen maand later/A Month Later" (1987). For director Krzysztof Zanussi, she portrayed the wife of a German businessman slowly slipping into madness in "Gdzieskolwiek jest, jeslis jest/Wherever You Are/Wherever She Is" (1988). In...

With her curly blonde hair, kewpie doll looks and trim figure, it seemed almost inevitable that Soutendijk would abandon her ambitions as an Olympic gymnast to pursue an acting career. Upon graduating from the Academy of Performing Arts in her native The Netherlands, this Nordic beauty won roles on stage and in TV and films, usually projecting cool ambition tempered with compassion. She made her feature debut in Wim Verstappen's "Pastorale 1943" (1978) but gained prominence as a short-order cook with social ambitions in Paul Verhoeven's "Spetters" (1980). Soutendijk went on to portray a resistance fighter in "Het meisje met het rede haar/The Girl With Red Hair" (1981) before reuniting with Verhoeven as a mysterious beauty shop owner who seduces a bisexual novelist (Jeroen Krabbe) in "De Vierde Man/The Fourth Man" (1982). She has appeared in numerous features in her native The Netherlands including "Abwarts/Out of Order" (1983), "Op hoop van zegen/The Good Hope" (1986) and "Eeen maand later/A Month Later" (1987). For director Krzysztof Zanussi, she portrayed the wife of a German businessman slowly slipping into madness in "Gdzieskolwiek jest, jeslis jest/Wherever You Are/Wherever She Is" (1988). In "Forced March" (1989), she played an actress appearing in a biopic of a World War II figure (Chris Sarandon) which marked her English-language debut in features. Soutendijk played a dual role of a scientist and an android built in her image in the sci-fi thriller "Eve of Destruction" (1991). She subsequently appeared in the erotic thriller "House Call/The Apartment Block/De Flat" (1994), as a doctor who falls in love with a suspected murderer (Victor Low).

Soutendijk made her TV debut in English as Eva Braun in the ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich" (1982) opposite Derek Jacobi's Hitler. She has also appeared in the World War II drama "Behind Enemy Lines" (NBC, 1985) and the biographical miniseries "Peter the Great" (NBC, 1986). Soutendijk starred opposite David Selby in "King of the Olympics: The Lives and Loves of Avery Brundage" (syndicated, 1988) and was featured opposite Ben Kingsley in "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story" (HBO, 1989). She also played Anthony LaPaglia's wife in the Showtime cable movie "Keeper of the City" (1992).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Anna Wunder (2001) Sophie Wunder
2.
 Met Grote Blijdschap (2001) Els Groenendijk
3.
 Hauptsache Leben (1999) Corinna De Jong
4.
 Keeper of the City (1992) Vickie Benedetto
5.
 Eve of Destruction (1991) Dr Eve Simmons; Eve Viii
6.
 Grave Secrets (1989) Iris Norwood
7.
 Forced March (1989) Mira Van Der Meer/Fanni Radnoti
10.
 Maand Later, Een (1987) Liesbeth
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Trained as gymnast for Olympic competition
1978:
Film debut, "Pastorale 1943"
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Played roles on two Dutch TV series
:
First collaboration with Nouchka van Brakel, "A Woman Like Eve"
1980:
First collaboration with Paul Verhoeven, "Spetters"
1982:
US TV debut as Eva Braun in ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich" (also English language debut)
1982:
Starred in Nouchka van Brakel's "Van de koele meren des doods/Hedwig/The Cool Lakes of Death"
1982:
Starred in Paul Verhoeven's "Die Vierde Man/The Fourth Man"
1989:
Moved to the US
1989:
First English-language feature performance, "Forced March"
1990:
American film debut, "Grave Secrets"
1991:
Played first American character, a scientist and her android double in the sci-fi thriller, "Eve of Destruction"
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Education

Academy of Dramatic Arts: -

Notes

Her last name is pronounced SOH-ten-deck

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husband:
Thed Lenssen. Photographer, commercial director.

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