Name: Ursula Andress

Birth Date: March 19, 1936

Birth Place: Ostermundigen, Bern, Switzerland

Profession: Actress, model

Notable Works: Dr. No

Biography

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Born in Switzerland to German parents, Ursula Andress first sought out film work while on a holiday to Rome (she later insisted that the producers came to her first). After a string of cheap films, Andress was brought to the U.S. as the New Dietrich, although the only things she actually had in common with Marlene Dietrich were German heritage and a magnificent legs. In 1957, Andress married American actor John Derek, who supervised every aspect of her career in much the same way that he'd later mold Bo Derek. The marriage ended unhappily, although the couple remained friends. She became an international sensation through her bikini-clad appearance as Honey Rider in the first James Bond movie Dr. No (1962), a role for which she was paid 10,000 dollars. Within a year, Andress was sharing billings with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in Four for Texas, and Elvis Presley in Fun in Acapulco (both 1963); she also posed for a now much-sought-after nude layout in Playboy magazine. After this her burst of super-celebrity, Andress settled into a series of increasingly humdrum films. During the making of 1981's Clash of the Titans, she linked up with the film's much younger leading man Harry Hamlin, who became the father of her child. Although Andress continued to make movies in the 1980s and '90s, she remained what she was in 1962: a stunning beauty of modest talents. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


Filmography

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Cremaster 5 (1997) .... Queen of Chain
Alles gelogen (1996)
Fantaghirò IV (1994) (TV) .... Xellesia
Fantaghirò III (1993) (TV) .... Xellesia
Professore - Diva, Il (1989) (TV) .... Susy Kaminski
Man Against the Mob: The Chinatown Murders (1989) (TV) .... Betty Starr
Klassäzämekunft (1988)
"Falcon Crest" (1981) TV Series .... Madam Malec (1987-1988)
"Peter the Great" (1986) (mini) TV Series .... Athalie
Liberté, égalité, choucroute (1985) .... Marie-Antoinette
Carnival in Rio (1983) (TV) .... Herself, at Carnival
Manimal (1983) (TV) .... Karen
Krasnye kolokola, film pervyj - Meksika v ogne (1982) .... Mabel Dodge
Clash of the Titans (1981) .... Aphrodite
Letti selvaggi (1979) .... The Stroller and The Widow
Fifth Musketeer, The (1979) .... Louise de la Vallière
Doppio delitto (1978) .... principessa Dell'Orso
Montagna del dio cannibale, La (1978) .... Susan Stevenson
Infermiera, L' (1976) .... Anna
Safari Express (1976) .... Miriam
Spogliamoci così senza pudor (1976)
Africa Express (1975) .... Madeleine Cooper
Avventure e gli amori di Scaramouche, Le (1975) .... Josephine De Beauharnais
Due cuori, una cappella (1975)
Ultima chance, L' (1975) .... Michelle Nolton
Colpo in canna (1974) .... Nora Green
Five Against Capricorn (1972)
Soleil rouge (1971) .... Cristina
Perfect Friday (1970) .... Britt
Southern Star, The (1969) .... Erica Kramer
Dolci signore, Le (1967) .... Norma
Casino Royale (1967) .... Vesper Lynd
Blue Max, The (1966) .... Countess Kaeti von Klugermann
Once Before I Die (1965) .... Alex
Decima vittima, La (1965) .... Caroline Meredith
Tribulations d'un chinois en Chine, Les (1965) .... Alexandrine Pinardel
What's New, Pussycat (1965) .... Rita
She (1965/I) .... Ayesha
Nightmare in the Sun (1965) .... Wife
4 for Texas (1963) .... Maxine Richter
Fun in Acapulco (1963) .... Marguerita Dauphin
Dr. No (1962) .... Honey Ryder
Catena dell'odio, La (1955)
Americano a Roma, Un (1954)
Avventure di Giacomo Casanova, Le (1954)


Trivia

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-Married to John Derek (1957 - 1966) (divorced)

-Lived with Harry Hamlin from 1978-82. They had a son in 1980.

-Living with Lorenzo Rispoli. [1983-?]

-Even after their divorce, Ursula and John Derek remained friends up until his death.

-At one time there was actually talk of two former Mrs. Dereks (Ursula and Bo Derek) starring in a movie together, with Bo playing Ursula's daughter.

-Often referred to as the "definitive" Bond Girl, as her appearance in Dr. No (1962) made her the first in a long line of famous and not-so-famous actresses to add "Bond Girl" status to their resumes by appearing in the James Bond series of films.

-In the filming of Dr No, her voice was dubbed, due to her strongly accented voice.