Elke Krivat also known as Elke Stuckmann is the former German fashion model and third wife of the The Big Lebowski actor Ben Gazzara who recently lost his long battle to cancer. Let me tell you just the little things I know about Mr. Gazzara’s wife Elke
81 year-old Ben Gazzara was born to Italian immigrants parents in New York he had one brother Tony. He joined the The New School and later the Actors Studio. He appeared in more than 30films, Broadway plays, television series.He married three times his first marriage came on 1951 to American actress Louise Erickson they got divorce in 1957. Then on 1961 to another actress Janice Rule with whom he had one daughter Elizabeth Gazzara they got divorce in 1979, then came Audrey Hepburn they got married but it was rumored they two of they had a little something while they starred in Bloodline and They All Laughed, the romance was later confirmed on Gazzara’s memoir where he also talked about the brief romances he had with Eva Gabor and Elaine Stritch so.. moving on his last marriage came on February 27, 1982 to the stunning German fashion model Elke Krivat Stuckmann who he met in 1981 while filming Inchon in Seou, Koreal. It was a a darker time in Gazzara’s life he once gave credit to Elke fo getting him out of his misery..
” Elke saved my life, when I met her, I was drinking too much, fooling around too much, killing myself. She put romance and hope back in my life.”
Elke Krivat had a daughter Danja from a previous relationship that Ben adopted as his
When he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999 Elke was a great support to her husband, she stood by his bedside during the hard and long recovery, he lost over 40 pound but beat the cancer, but it came back later on. Elke her husband and their miniature dachshund, Maxi the puppy they adopted when their daughter no longer wanted him which reminds me that in 2007 Elke wrote her book Madison Avenue Maxi about the exploits of their beloved dog together they resided in New York. Her beloved husband passed away at the t Bellevue Hospital Center in New York on February 3rd, 2012 of pancreatic cancer.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to herm, Mr. Gazzara’s family, friends and fans.