Ursula Andress

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Ursula Andress
Ursula Andress Galería Elmyr.jpg
Ursula Andress circa 1971.
Born(1936-03-19) 19 March 1936 (age 77)
Ostermundigen, Switzerland
NationalitySwiss
OccupationActress
Years active1954–2005
Spouse(s)John Derek (m. 1957–66)
Partner(s)Harry Hamlin (1978–1982)
ChildrenDimitri Hamlin (b. 1980)
 
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Ursula Andress
Ursula Andress Galería Elmyr.jpg
Ursula Andress circa 1971.
Born(1936-03-19) 19 March 1936 (age 77)
Ostermundigen, Switzerland
NationalitySwiss
OccupationActress
Years active1954–2005
Spouse(s)John Derek (m. 1957–66)
Partner(s)Harry Hamlin (1978–1982)
ChildrenDimitri Hamlin (b. 1980)

Ursula Andress (born 19 March 1936) is a Swiss-American actress and sex symbol of the 1960s.[1] She is known for her role as Bond girl Honey Rider in the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962), for which she won a Golden Globe. She later starred as Vesper Lynd in the Bond-parody Casino Royale (1967).

Early life[edit]

Andress was born in Ostermundigen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland, the daughter of Anna, who was Swiss, and Rolf Andress, a German diplomat who was expelled from Switzerland for political reasons. He disappeared during World War II.[2]

Career[edit]

Andress became famous as Honey Rider, a shell diver and James Bond's object of desire in Dr. No (1962), the first Bond movie.[3] In what became an iconic moment in cinematic and fashion history,[4][5][6] she rose out of the Caribbean Sea in a white bikini sporting a large diving knife on her hip. Due to her heavy Swiss-German accent, her character's voice was provided by Nikki van der Zyl, while the calypso was sung by Diana Coupland.[7]

Andress in Dr. No (1962)

The scene made Andress the "quintessential" Bond girl,[8][9] Andress later said that she owed her career to that white bikini. "This bikini made me into a success. As a result of starring in Dr. No as the first Bond girl, I was given the freedom to take my pick of future roles and to become financially independent."[4][10] The bikini she wore in the film sold at auction in 2001 for £41,125 ($59,755).[11][12]

In 2003, in a UK Survey by Channel 4, her entrance in Dr. No was voted #1 in "the 100 Greatest Sexy Moments".[13] Andress won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in 1964 for her performance in Dr. No.[14] In 1965, she posed nude for Playboy.[15] When asked why she had agreed to do the Playboy shoot she replied coolly, "Because I'm beautiful."[16]

Andress co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1963 musical film, Fun in Acapulco, with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in 4 for Texas (1963), opposite Marcello Mastroianni in The 10th Victim (1965), alongside John Richardson in She (1965), and as the countess in The Blue Max (1966). She also appeared in the Bond satire Casino Royale (1967) as Vesper Lynd, an occasional spy who persuades Evelyn Tremble, played by Peter Sellers, to carry out a mission. Her heavy accent was dubbed over in Dr. No, but she used her own voice in Casino Royale.

In 1967, Andress co-starred with another Bond girl in the Italian comedy Anyone Can Play. She turned down the role of Matilda in the British-thriller Berserk!, a role that eventually went to English actress, Diana Dors. In 1981's Clash of the Titans she co-starred with Laurence Olivier. In 1995, Andress was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in film history."

Personal life[edit]

Ursula Andress in front of a crowd of people; a boom microphone is above her head
Andress surrounded by TV crews on board the Royal Yacht Britannia celebrating her 70th birthday in 2006

Shortly before his death in 1955, film icon James Dean became involved with 19-year-old Andress. In 1957, she married actor/director John Derek; they divorced in 1966. One of her longest affairs was with Jean-Paul Belmondo.[17] In 1980, she had a son, Dimitri, with American actor Harry Hamlin, her co-star in the film Clash of the Titans.[18] After her son's birth, Andress scaled back her career, which focused mostly on European TV and films.

On 18 May 2006, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Swiss Consulate General in Scotland, Ursula Andress celebrated her 70th birthday on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh in the company of an international crowd of celebrities.

Filmography[edit]

FilmYearRoleNotes
Un americano a Roma1954Astrid
La catena dell'odio1955Unknown
Le avventure di Giacomo Casanova1955
Dr. No1962Honey Ryder
"Thriller"1962LuanaTV Series, "La Strega" episode
Fun in Acapulco1963Marguerita Dauphin
4 for Texas1963Maxine Richter
Once Before I Die1965Alex
Nightmare in the Sun1965Wife
She1965Ayesha
What's New Pussycat?1965Rita
Les Tribulations d'un chinois en Chine1965Alexandrine Pinardel
The 10th Victim1965Caroline Meredith
Blue Max, TheThe Blue Max1966Countess Kaeti von Klugermann
Casino Royale1967Vesper Lynd/007
Le dolci signore1968Norma
Southern Star, TheThe Southern Star1969Erica Kramer
Perfect Friday1970Britt
Red Sun1971Cristina
Five Against Capricorn1972
L'ultima chance1973Michelle Nolton
Colpo in canna1974Nora Green
L'infermiera1975Anna
Africa Express1975Madeleine Cooper
Le avventure e gli amori di Scaramouche1975Josephine De Beauharnais
Safari Express1976Miriam
Spogliamoci così senza pudor1976English title: Sex With a Smile II
La montagna del dio cannibale1978Susan StevensonEnglish title: The Mountain of the Cannibal God
Doppio delitto1978Principessa Dell'OrsoEnglish title: Double Murder
Fifth Musketeer, TheThe Fifth Musketeer1979Louise de la Vallière
Letti selvaggi1979The Stroller and the WidowEnglish title: Tigers in Lipstick
Clash of the Titans1981Aphrodite
Red Bells1982Mabel Dodge
Manimal1983KarenTV series
Liberté, égalité, choucroute1985Marie-Antoinette
Peter the Great1986AthalieTV series
Falcon Crest1987–88Madame MalecTV series
Klassäzämekunft1988
Man Against the Mob: The Chinatown Murders1989Betty StarrTV movie
Il Professore – Diva1989Susy KaminskiTV
Fantaghirò 31993XellesiaTV series
Fantaghirò 41994XellesiaTV series
Alles gelogen1996
Cremaster 51997Queen of Chain
Vogelpredigt, Die2005

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Lisanti, Louis Paul (2002). Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962–1973. McFarland. p.38. ISBN 0-7864-1194-5.
  2. ^ Mark Anstead (7 December 2002). Bond girl who made a killing. The Guardian. Accessed 2008-06-30.
  3. ^ Dr No bikini for sale (12 January 2001). BBC News. Accessed 2008-02-16.
  4. ^ a b "Former Bond girl to sell Dr No bikini". The Daily Telegraph. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Bensimon, Kelly Killoren (5 June 2006). The bikini book. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500-51316-3. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Lindner, Christoph (4 August 2009). The James Bond Phenomenon: A Critical Reader. Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-8095-1. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Actress Diana Coupland dies at 74 (10 November 2006). BBC News. Accessed 2008-02-16.
  8. ^ Rebecca Thomas (19 November 1999). One girl is not enough. BBC News. Accessed 2008-02-16.
  9. ^ Kathryn Westcott (5 July 2006). The bikini: Not a brief affair. BBC News. Accessed 2008-02-16.
  10. ^ Weekes, Karen (5 April 2007). Women know everything!: 3,241 quips, quotes, & brilliant remarks. Quirk Books. p. 419. ISBN 978-1-59474-169-2. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Bond bikini sells for £35,000 (14 February 2001). BBC News. Accessed 2008-02-16.
  12. ^ Christie's Auction Result (14 February 2001). Christie's Auction. Accessed 2012-06-16.
  13. ^ Andress scene voted 'most sexy' (30 November 2003). BBC News. Accessed 2008-02-16.
  14. ^ Ursula Andress. GoldenGlobes.org. Accessed 2008-02-18.
  15. ^ Ursula Andress Playboy.co.uk.
  16. ^ Julie Burchill (10 October 2011). Selling sex... why be coy about it?. The Independent. Accessed 2011-10-10.
  17. ^ Elaine Sciolino (21 January 2009). French star as he is, stroke and all. NY Times. Accessed 2012-04-04.
  18. ^ Logan Bentley (5 May 1980). Urged by Her 28-Year-Old Lover, Harry Hamlin, Ursula Andress Faces Motherhood at 44. People. Accessed 2010-12-14.

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Preceded by
None
Bond girl
1962
Succeeded by
Daniela Bianchi