Ahna Capri is an American television and film actress who is widely recognized for playing the secretary, Tania, in the groundbreaking era-defining 1974 martial arts movie, Enter the Dragon. The film was a global success that catapulted the cast to unimaginable fame and opened the door to an endless array of opportunities. However, before her iconic role in the blockbuster hit, Ahna already had extensive acting experience on her professional resume having begun her career while she was still a child.
The talented and accomplished actress has appeared in several movies and television series over the course of her acting journey including Kisses for My President, One of Our Spies Is Missing, The Specialist, Room For One More, Bronco, and Father Knows Best. Ahna was able to dominate the movie industry from the 60s through the 80s, thanks to her alluring charm, gorgeous looks, and obvious talent. She was a treasure to the industry and earned great commendation for her performances. Ahna spent her career winning the hearts of millions of fans all around the world with her talent.
Ahna Capri Biography
The Enter the Dragon actress was born Anna Marie Nanasi on July 6, 1944, in West Germany, but she relocated to the United States with her family at the age of 6. As a child, she had a love for acting that could not be purged from her so she began attending auditions and training classes in order to pave her way into the acting industry.
Soon enough, her perseverance and passion were rewarded when she was cast in shows like Father Knows Best, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, and The Danny Thomas Show. She was only 11 at the time, but that did not stop her from giving her roles everything she had. Ahna Capri went on to land more spots on television in The George Burns, Gracie Allen Show, and Leave it to Beaver. At 13, she made her first film appearance in the movie Outlaw’s Son.
Thereafter, Ahna made several appearances on film and television playing a myriad of characters in Wanted: Dead or Alive, McCallin’s Daughter, The Littlest Client, Trackdown, Room for One More, Cheyenne, Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, Sugarfoot, and Bronco. In 1967, the actress guest-starred in season three of Twelve O’Clock High as Cpl. Terry. In addition, she featured in The Monroes, Run for Your Life, Adam-12, The Iron Horse, Cannon, The F.B.I., Baretta, The Guns of Will Sonnett, Mannix, The Invaders, and Banyon. Some of her other notable roles include appearances in The Mod Squad, The Wild Wild West, Branded, The Man From U.NC.L.E., Banacek, Laredo, Kojak, Police Story, Ironside, and Search.
During the 1970s, the actress adopted Ahna as the spelling of her name, claiming that a lot of people often pronounced it incorrectly. She subsequently landed several memorable roles on television and in films such as Enter the Dragon, Payday, Piranha, The Specialist, The Brotherhood of Satan, Dan August, Target: Harry, I Spy, Darker than Amber, The Girls on the Beach, and The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings. Ahna’s last movie appearance was in 1979.
Ahna Capri passed away on August 19, 2010, ten days after she was involved in a ghastly car crash. A 5-ton truck rammed into her car and she had to be rushed to the hospital. The accident left her in a coma and she had to be placed on life support until she passed on. Ahna was sixty-six years old when she died.
The Actress’ Siblings and Family
The beautiful blonde bombshell was born to Hungarian parents in what was formerly known as West Germany. Her parents were living in a camp for displaced persons at the time. They eventually immigrated to America in 1950 to seek refuge along with the rest of her family. Ahna Capri’s parents’ names are unknown. The actress has a sister named Rose who was there in the hospital when she died, but the names of her other siblings, if any, are unknown.
Facts Worth Knowing About Ahna Capri
1. Ahna lived in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles until she died. She had made the city her home for several years.
2. The actress was never married in her lifetime.
3. She didn’t have any children, perhaps because she was reluctant to have one or because she was unable to for one reason or the other.