Kessler Twins

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Alice and Ellen Kessler (born 20 August 1936 in Nerchau, Germany) are twins known in Europe, especially Germany and Italy, from the 1950s and 1960s and until today for their singing, dancing, and acting. They are usually credited as the Kessler Twins (Die Kessler-Zwillinge in Germany and Le Gemelle Kessler in Italy), and remain popular today.

Kessler Twins
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Alice & Ellen Kessler

(1936-08-20) 20 August 1936 (age 84)
Other namesDie Kessler-Zwillinge (in Germany)
Le Gemelle Kessler
(in Italy)
OccupationTwin entertainers
Years active1942—
Parent(s)Paul & Elsa Kessler

In the US, they were not as popular but appeared in the 1963 film Sodom and Gomorrah as dancers and appeared on the cover of Life Magazine in that year. They made their American television debut on 12 February 1963 on the Red Skelton Hour, acting in his comedy sketch and dancing and singing a duet.[1]

Their parents, Paul and Elsa, sent them to ballet classes at the age of six, and they joined the Leipzig Opera's child ballet program at age 11. When they were 18, their parents used a visitor's visa to escape to West Germany, where they performed at the Palladium in Düsseldorf. They performed at The Lido in Paris between 1955 and 1960, and represented West Germany in the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in 8th place with Heute Abend wollen wir tanzen geh'n (Tonight we want to go dancing).

The Kessler Twins pictured on the Italian magazine TV Sorrisi e Canzoni in 1965
The Kessler Twins performing on The Danny Kaye Show in 1966

They moved to Italy in 1960 and gradually moved to more serious roles. At the age of 40, they agreed to pose on the cover of the Italian edition of Playboy. That issue became the fastest-selling Italian Playboy up until that point.[citation needed]

They moved back to Germany in 1986 and currently live in Grünwald. They have received two awards from both the German and Italian governments for promoting German-Italian cooperation through their work in show business.

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Preceded by
Margot Hielscher
with Für zwei Groschen Musik
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Wyn Hoop
with Bonne nuit ma chérie