The Gift Horse Author:Hildegard Knef Berliner. Russian prosoner-of-war. Ambitious young actress. Hollywood starlet. International movie queen. Husky-voiced Ninotchka in Broadway's Silk Stockings. Wife. Mistress. Mother. Now she tells all - the successes, the failures, the scandals, the hard and twisting road that led from a hungering girlhood to fulfillment as a woman.