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On the sur­face, model and ac­tress Annalise Braakensiek, who was found dead in her Syd­ney home on Jan. 6, had a glam­orous, en­vi­able life. But the charis­matic beauty, 46, had suf­fered pri­vate mo­ments of dark­ness her en­tire life, go­ing back to early child­hood.

She’d en­dured the pain of grow­ing up with­out her bi­o­log­i­cal father, Nor­we­gian yachts­man Odd Karlsen.

“For years, I was des­per­ate to find my dad,” Annalise, then 27, re­vealed in 2000, af­ter she was fi­nally re­united with her father, Odd Karlsen, then 74.

Odd and Annalise’s mother Vera split up when she was just 6 months old and she didn’t see him for more than two decades.

In a cruel twist of fate, both Annalise and Oslo-born Odd Karlsen lived only kilo­me­tres away from each other in Syd­ney. “But nei­ther of us knew where the other was,” Annalise said. Annalise, who car­ried the sur­name of the man her mum later mar­ried, had al­ways yearned to see her father again.

“Despite my suc­cess­ful ca­reer, I still felt so in­com­plete. I felt such a yearn­ing to find my dad,” she re­vealed.

Father and daugh­ter were fi­nally re­united af­ter Odd left an emo­tional mes­sage on her an­swer­ing ma­chine: “Hello Annalise, I be­lieve I’m your father. I might add that I’m as ner­vous as a school­boy on his first date.”

“I played that mes­sage over and over again,” Annalise re­called.

Later, she was dev­as­tated when, in 2004, her “beau­ti­ful Papa Bear” died af­ter a lengthy ill­ness, aged 78.

Break­ing up with hus­band Danny Gold­berg, in 2018, also took its toll.

A griev­ing friend tells New Idea, “When­ever Annalise lost some­one close to her, she strug­gled enor­mously. Los­ing peo­ple she loved would take her to the dark­est of places.”

Annalise’s ex-fi­ance Phil Ce­ber­ano, brother of singer Kate Ce­ber­ano, said it was a “shock” to hear of her death, adding, “My heart goes out to all of Annalise’s friends and fam­ily.”

Model, ac­tress and jew­ellery de­signer Annalise Braakensiek was found dead in her Syd­ney apart­ment on Jan. 6.

Annalise with her late father, Odd Karlsen, in 2000.

Annalise and ex-hus­band Danny.

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