'Hogan's Heroes' Actress Cynthia Lynn Dies at 76

Cynthia Lynn
Cynthia Lynn
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Cynthia Lynn, best known for her role in Hogan's Heroes, has died. She was 76.

Lynn appeared as Helga, the blond secretary of incompetent commandant Colonel Wilhelm Klink (Werner Klemperer) in 22 episodes of Hogan's Heroes, the CBS sitcom that ran for six seasons, from September 1965 to April 1971. She played Helga during the first season, and had two uncredited appearances in later seasons.

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Lynn also had TV roles in Mission: ImpossibleThe Odd Couple and The Six Million Dollar Man, in addition to her work in Marlon Brando's 1965 film Bedtime Story. After Brando's death in 2004, Lynn's daughter, Lisa Brando, publicly claimed Brando was her father.

Lisa Brando posted on Facebook Tuesday to remember her mother: "Just wanted to thank you all so much for all your prayers and support during this difficult time. My mother will be truly missed. All my love to you and all her loving fans. XOXO."

Hogan's Heroes starred Bob Crane as Col. Robert Hogan, a faux American prisoner of war who in reality was coordinating an international crew of Allied prisoners whose aim was to defeat the Germans right from under their noses during World War II. Lynn was among the last surviving of the series' regular castmembers.

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