Sunday, April 3, 2011

Ursula Andress

Ursula Andress (born 19 March 1936) is a Swiss actress and a sex symbol of the 1960s. She is known for her roles as Bond girl Honey Ryder in Dr. No, for which she won a Golden Globe, and as Vesper Lynd in the 1967 James Bond parody Casino Royale.

Early life

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. Andress has four sisters and one brother. She is fluent in English, French, Italian, and her native German (Swiss German).


Andress became famous as Honey Ryder, a shell diver and James Bond's object of desire in Dr. No (1962), the first Bond movie. In a well-known scene, she rises out of the Caribbean Sea in a white bikini. The scene made Andress the "quintessential" Bond girl, and is now considered iconic. "My entrance in the film wearing the bikini on that beautiful beach made me world famous as 'the Bond girl'", she said, and the bikini from this "classic moment in cinema and Bond history" sold for £35,000 at auction in 2001. In 2003, in a UK Survey by Channel 4, her entrance in Dr. No was voted #1 in "the 100 Greatest Sexy Moments".
Andress won a 1964 Golden Globe award for New Star of the Year for her performance in Dr. No. Her voice was provided by Nikki van der Zyl, while the famous calypso was sung by Diana Coupland. In 1965, she posed nude for Playboy.
Andress co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1963 film, Fun in Acapulco, with Frank Sinatra in 4 for Texas (1963), opposite Marcello Mastroianni in The 10th Victim (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, as 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 1981's Clash of the Titans she co-starred with Harry Hamlin. In 1995 Andress was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in film history."

Personal life

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
In 1957 Andress married actor/director, John Derek; they divorced in 1966. Andress dated many of Hollywood's leading men, including co-stars Marlon Brando and James Dean. In 1980 she had a son, Dimitri, with American actor Harry Hamlin, her co-star in the film Clash of the Titans. 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 presence of an international crowd of celebrities.


Film↓ Year↓ Role↓ Notes
Un americano a Roma 1954

La catena dell'odio 1955

Le avventure di Giacomo Casanova 1955

Dr. No 1962 Honey Ryder
Fun in Acapulco 1963 Marguerita Dauphin
4 for Texas 1963 Maxine Richter
Once Before I Die 1965 Alex
Nightmare in the Sun 1965 Wife
She 1965 Ayesha
What's New Pussycat? 1965 Rita
Les Tribulations d'un chinois en Chine 1965 Alexandrine Pinardel
La decima vittima 1965 Caroline Meredith English title: The 10th Victim
The Blue Max 1966 Countess Kaeti von Klugermann
Casino Royale 1967 Vesper Lynd/007
Le dolci signore 1968 Norma
The Southern Star 1969 Erica Kramer
Perfect Friday 1970 Britt
Soleil rouge 1971 Cristina English title: Red Sun
Five Against Capricorn 1972

L'ultima chance 1973 Michelle Nolton
Colpo in canna 1974 Nora Green English title: Loaded Guns
L'infermiera 1975 Anna English title: The Sensuous Nurse
Africa Express 1975 Madeleine Cooper
Le avventure e gli amori di Scaramouche 1975 Josephine De Beauharnais
Safari Express 1976 Miriam
Spogliamoci così senza pudor 1976
English title: Sex With A Smile 2
La montagna del dio cannibale 1978 Susan Stevenson English title: The Mountain of the Cannibal God
Doppio delitto 1978 Principessa Dell'Orso English title: Double Murder
The Fifth Musketeer 1979 Louise de la Vallière
Letti selvaggi 1979 The Stroller and the Widow English title: Tigers in Lipstick
Clash of the Titans 1981 Aphrodite
Krasnye kolokola, film pervyy - Meksika v ogne 1982 Mabel Dodge
Manimal 1983 Karen TV
Liberté, égalité, choucroute 1985 Marie-Antoinette
Peter the Great 1986 Athalie TV series
Falcon Crest 1987 to 1988 Madame Malec TV series
Klassäzämekunft 1988

Man Against the Mob: The Chinatown Murders 1989 Betty Starr TV
Il Professore - Diva 1989 Susy Kaminski TV
Fantaghirò 3 1993 Xellesia TV series
Fantaghirò 4 1994 Xellesia TV series
Alles gelogen 1996

Cremaster 5 1997 Queen of Chain
Vogelpredigt, Die 2005

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