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Annalise Braakensiek (9 December 1972 – 6 January 2019) was an Australian model, actress, television presenter, businesswoman and campaign ambassador.

Annalise Braakensiek
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Braakensiek in 2012
Born(1972-12-09)9 December 1972
Died6 January 2019(2019-01-06) (aged 46)
OccupationModel, actress, TV presenter, businesswoman, activist
Danny Goldberg
(m. 2002; separated 2018)


Life and careerEdit

Braakensiek had a successful career as a model, with some acting work, for over twenty-five years. She told the Daily Telegraph in 2017 that she had never really wanted to be a model.[1] She said that she had deferred her university studies, thinking she would do modelling for a year, but was still doing it 25 years later. She also worked as a jewellery and lingerie designer,[2] and was a vegan blogger as well as creating the catering company Love Lunch.[3][4]

Braakensiek became an ambassador for Australian mental health charity R U OK?.[5][6] In 2017, she talked about her battles with depression following the deaths of people close to her, adding that at times she "couldn't get out of bed".[7] Especially significant was the 2004 death of her father, Odd Karlsen, whom she had reconnected with in 1993 after being separated from him for some time.[8]

Braakensiek married stockbroker Danny Goldberg in 2002. The couple separated in 2018.[7] A friend who had known Braakensiek since the early 1990s said there was a side to her that was "just a sadness". He said that Braakensiek took her marriage breakup very hard and felt she had failed; it had plunged her into a dark place.[9]

Braakensiek was found dead in her Potts Point apartment, which she had bought in 2018, on 6 January 2019, after friends and family had not heard from her for several days.[10] Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.[11]

On 16 January 2019, a memorial service for Braakensiek was held at Bondi Beach at 6 am. The service was attended by hundreds of people, including her mother, her brother and sister, her estranged husband Danny Goldberg and other family and friends.[12]

Selected FilmographyEdit




  1. ^ Daily Telegraph, 2019-1-8, p.9
  2. ^ Horton, Shelly (27 July 2009). "Annalise Braakensiek launches lingerie line". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ "About Annalise". Archived from the original on 10 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  4. ^ Donnelly, Keryn (7 January 2019). "She was the ultimate 90s It Girl. Why did Annalise Braakensiek's life end so tragically?". Mamamia. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  5. ^ Gooley, Cameron (7 January 2019). "Mental health ambassador found dead in Sydney home". ABC News. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  6. ^ Berry, Sarah (14 August 2017). "'I was shocked by the reaction': Why we struggle to say are you OK?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b Clun, Rachel (6 January 2019). "Sydney model found dead in her inner city apartment". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  8. ^ Lal, Chloe (14 January 2019). "Revealed: Awful news that devastated Annalise Braakenseik". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  9. ^ Daily Telegraph, 2019-1-8, p.9
  10. ^ "Annalise Braakensiek found dead in Sydney Potts Point apartment".
  11. ^ "Australian model Annalise Braakensiek found dead". Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  12. ^ "MOVING PICS: Loved ones gather to farewell Annalise Braakenseik in Bondi ceremony". Retrieved 24 January 2019.

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