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East German figure skater Katarina Witt dazzled audiences with her beauty and charisma en route to four World Championships and two Olympic gold medals.
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She also segued into mainstream acting with appearances in the films Jerry Maguire (1996) and Ronin (1998) and popular TV shows such as Frasier and Everybody Loves Raymond.
The skating queen posed nude for the December 1998 edition of Playboy, making it just the second issue in the magazine's history to sell out, following the inaugural 1953 edition featuring Marilyn Monroe.
Witt published her autobiography, Only With Passion, and formed the Katarina Witt Foundation to provide aid for disabled children and teens. She delivered her final professional performance in 2008, but continued to mentor other skating hopefuls on her German reality-TV show Stars on Ice and the British competition Dancing on Ice.
Witt was the subject of the 2013 documentary The Diplomat, which chronicled her rise to glory and her uneasy relationship with the East German authorities, who gave her favorable treatment while keeping her under close surveillance.
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