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Actress Senta Berger in ''Prescription: Murder''

Dear Columbo fans,
would have a comment regarding "Prescription: Murder" from 1967/68. In a very brief sequence near the end of the TV movie, I guess I see Austrian-German actress Senta Berger on the "Stahl House"-set in the Hollywood Hills as the actress who allegedly drowned in the pool, representing the perpetrator's lover. The short zoom sequence can be seen here at minute 01:33.42: archive.org/details/ColumboS01E01MordNachRezept

All indications indicate that it is Senta Berger. The filming of Prescription: Murder took place in 1967 during Senta Berger's time in Hollywood. Following this filming, Berger shot the film Istanbul Express with Columbo director/producer Richard Irving and Columbo counterpart Gene Barry. This means that all three met in the course of the casting for the film Istanbul Express before the shooting of Prescription: Murder. Also look at pictures of Senta Berger from 1967. It just has to be Senta Berger with a wig playing the supposed corpse in the pool. What do you think?

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Wow, guess you're right. That is Senta Berger with a wig. Dr. Flemming isn't happy to hear that.

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Senta Berger's hair is growing from above her right eye. The lady at the pool has her hair growing from above her left eye. Is it a "negative reaction" kind of error or is it just not Senta Berger in "Prescription: Murder"?

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@columbologe:It's a wig. Not her natural hair. It's a wig to match with the red haircolour of Joan Hudson. Check out the topic above :"Pics of Senta Berger as pool victim in 'Prescription: Murder' and in real life".

Die Darstellerin - möglicherweise Senta Berger - trägt hier natürlich eine Perücke, um die rötliche Haarfarbe des vorgeblichen Suizidopfers Joan Hudson (Katherine Justice) zu imitieren. Vergleich nochmal die Bilder im drüber stehenden Topic "Pics of Senta Berger as pool victim in 'Prescription: Murder' and in real life".

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I'd just received an email from Senta Bergers agency. The Pool victim is definitely NOT Senta Berger. So we have to look further, who played this role.

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People, with all due respect, it's absurd to think the victim is Senta Berger or any other name actress we'd be familiar with from other projects. That's not where these people were hired from. They were hired from an extras union, separate from SAG where their job was to be there and never say a word of dialogue (or else they'd have to join SAG). When you see a resemblance to someone you think it is......99.99% chance it isn't.