Greta Gynt

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Greta Gynt
Greta Gynt 1940.jpg
Gynt in 1940
BornMargrethe Woxholt
(1916-11-15)15 November 1916
Oslo, Norway
Died2 April 2000(2000-04-02) (aged 83)
London, England, UK
OccupationActress
Years active1934–1963
Spouse(s)Frederick Moore (? - 1983)
 
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Greta Gynt
Greta Gynt 1940.jpg
Gynt in 1940
BornMargrethe Woxholt
(1916-11-15)15 November 1916
Oslo, Norway
Died2 April 2000(2000-04-02) (aged 83)
London, England, UK
OccupationActress
Years active1934–1963
Spouse(s)Frederick Moore (? - 1983)

Greta Gynt (15 November 1916 – 2 April 2000), born Margrethe Woxholt, was a Norwegian singer, dancer and actress.[1]

Biography[edit]

Greta Gynt was born Margrethe Woxholt in Oslo, Norway. As a child, she came with her parents to England and started dancing lessons at the age of 5. Eventually, they moved back to Norway. At age 12, she started out as a dancer at the Chat Noir shows in Oslo. After the Swedish film Sången till henne (1934), her mother, costume designer Kirsten Woxholt, felt her daughter would have better luck in England. She got a letter of recommendation from Fox Film and moved back to the UK.

She played lead roles in minor British films in the 1930s and 40s. The Rank Organisation was trying to market her as the British Jean Harlow.[citation needed] She also tried an unsuccessful career in the US, and went back to England afterwards.

Her most famous film is the 1939 Bela Lugosi film The Dark Eyes of London. Her last film was a Columbia Pictures release - the 1963 (released 1966) The Runaway in which she played the lead.

Personal life[edit]

Reportedly, she adopted the name Gynt after she heard a pianist playing Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite in a hotel in London in the late 1930s.

Gynt was married four times. Her last husband was Frederick Moore, a plastic surgeon, who died in 1983. She was the sister of underwater photographer Gil Woxholt who photographed underwater scenes in the 1965 film The Heroes of Telemark.

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