Hollywood beauty Carmen Electra is being courted to accompany an Austrian businessman to the Vienna Opera Ball next month (23FEB06).

Richard Lugner is keen for the former BAYWATCH star - who is married to rocker DAVE NAVARRO - to be his companion at the society event, even though she wasn't his first choice and has yet to accept his invitation.

The 73-year-old has previously attended the ball with famous women including Electra's Baywatch castmate Pamela Anderson, Geri Halliwell and British royal Sarah Ferguson, DUCHESS OF YORK.

He says, "We were also in talks with a second one. I've seen pictures of her, but not the ones in Playboy."