Hogan's Heroes

Cynthia Lynn as Helga in a publicity still with Bob Crane

Cynthia Lynn, originally named Zinta Valda Zimilis, (April 2, 1936, (Riga, Latvia) — March 10, 2014 (Los Angeles, California)), was a Latvian-born actress. She is known mainly for her role as Helga, Klink's first secretary in the American sitcom, Hogan's Heroes in the 1965-1966 season. She also made a guest star appearance on the show in 1968 and again in 1971. Her last appearance on television was on a Harry O episode in 1975. She had also appeared on Mission:Impossible, The Odd Couple, The Six Million Dollar Man and Dr. Kildare.

She was born in Riga, Latvia in 1936, and with her mother, fled Latvia in 1944, before moving to the United States in 1950. She would later write an autobiography entitled Escape to Freedom with co-author Edward Ansara

Cynthia died on March 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, from multiple organ failure after being stricken with hepatitis.


Notable TV Guest Appearances[]

  • The E! True Hollywood Story playing "Herself" in episode: "Bob Crane" 26 January 1998
  • Harry O playing "Chick" in episode: "Sound of Trumpets" (episode # 1.17) 30 January 1975
  • The Six Million Dollar Man playing "Fraulien Krueger" in episode: "Dr. Wells Is Missing" (episode # 1.9) 29 March 1974
  • Love, American Style playing "Actress" in episode: "Love and the Brown Derby" (episode # 4.20a) 16 February 1973
  • Mission: Impossible playing "Lucille" in episode: "Double Dead" (episode # 6.20) 12 February 1972
  • Hogan's Heroes playing "Eva" (uncredited) in episode: "Easy Come, Easy Go" (episode # 6.15) 10 January 1971
  • The Odd Couple playing "Inga" in episode: "The Black Out" (episode # 1.13) 24 December 1970
  • Hogan's Heroes playing "Blue Baron's Date" in episode: "Will the Blue Baron Strike Again?" (episode # 4.12) 14 December 1968
  • Mr. Terrific playing "Dashinova" in episode: "Fly, Ballerina, Fly" (episode # 1.9) 13 March 1967
  • Girl Talk playing "Herself" in episode: "Episode dated 16 November 1966" 16 November 1966
  • The Farmer's Daughter playing "Hilda Bjorn" in episode: "Nej, Nej. A Thousand Times, Nej" (episode # 2.33) 14 May 1965
  • Dr. Kildare playing "Fraulein Goschen" in episode: "Ship's Doctor" (episode # 2.27) 18 April 1963
  • The Eleventh Hour playing "Marla" in episode: "Beauty Playing a Mandolin Underneath a Willow Tree" (episode # 1.20) 20 February 1963
  • Surfside 6 playing "Miss Knox" in episode: "Dead Heat" (episode # 2.33) 7 May 1962


  • Lynn, Cynthia, with Edward Ansara. 2000 Escape to Freedom: An Autobiograpy of Cynthia Lynn. AuthorHouse. ISBN 1588206467.

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