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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 19 March 1936Ostermundigen, Bern, Switzerland
Nickname Urs
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The quintessential jet-set Euro starlet, Ursula Andress was born in the Swiss canton of Berne on March 19, 1936, one of six children in a strict German Protestant family. Although often seeming icily aloof, a restless streak early demonstrated itself in her personality, and she had an impetuous desire to explore the world outside Switzerland. (For instance, she was tracked down by Interpol for running away from boarding school at 17 years old.) The stunning young woman found work as an art model in Rome and did walk-ons in three quickie Italian features before coming to the Hollywood. At 19, she met fading matinée idol John Derek, who left his first wife and two children to marry Ursula in 1957, despite the fact that she only spoke a few words of English at the time, and persuaded the new bride to put her acting ambitions on hold for a few years.

The year 1962 saw the virtually unknown Swiss beauty back on the set, playing a small role in the first movie version of Ian Fleming's fanciful "James Bond" espionage novels, Dr. No (1962), opposite Sean Connery. Because her Swiss/German accent was so strong, Andress' entire performance had to be dubbed by a voiceover artist. Nevertheless, her striking beauty and smoldering screen presence made a strong impression on moviegoers, immediately establishing her as one of the most desired women in the world and as an ornament to put on-screen alongside some of the most bankable talent of the era, such as Elvis Presley in Fun in Acapulco (1963) and Dean Martin in 4 for Texas (1963). In 1965, she was one of several European starlets to co-star in What's New Pussycat (1965) -- a film that perhaps sums up mid-'60s pop culture better than any other -- written by Woody Allen, starring Allen and Peter Sellers, with music by Burt Bacharach, a title song performed by Tom Jones and much on-screen sexual romping.

Andress appeared in many more racy-for-their time movies in both the United States and Europe from the mid-'60s to the late '70s, including The 10th Victim (1965), in which she wears a famously ballistic bra; The Blue Max (1966), where she is aptly cast as the sultry, insatiable wife of an aristocratic World War I German general; the James Bond satire Casino Royale (1967); the excellent crime caper Perfect Friday (1970); Red Sun (1971), as a foul-mouthed prostitute taken hostage by outlaws; The Sensuous Nurse (1975), as a bombshell nurse hired to titillate a doddering millionaire to death; the notorious The Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978), in which she is stripped and slathered in orange paint by a pair of nubiles; and The Fifth Musketeer (1979), in the role of King Louis XIV's alluring mistress.

Unmarried since 1966 when she'd divorced Derek after falling in love with French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo on the Malaysian set of Up to His Ears (1965), Andress played the field for years, reportedly involved at various times with a host of others including (but by no means limited to) Ryan O'Neal, Marcello Mastroianni, Dennis Hopper and Fabio Testi. In 1979, she began what would be a long-term romance with Harry Hamlin, her handsome young co-star from Clash of the Titans (1981) (in which she was cast, predictably, as "Aphrodite"). While subsequently traveling in India, Andress' belly began to swell out of her clothing, and she felt very nauseous. What at first seemed a severe case of "Delhi Belly" turned out to be pregnancy, her first and only, at age 43. She and Hamlin named the child, who was born in 1980, Dimitri Hamlin.

After the birth of her son, Andress scaled back her career, which now focused mostly on slight European films and occasional television roles, as she was raising Dimitri in Rome. Her relationship with Hamlin ended in 1983, and she last worked on a film in 2005.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Larry-115

Spouse (1)

John Derek (2 February 1957 - 1966) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Platinum blonde hair
Large brown eyes
Voluptuous figure
Seductive deep voice

Trivia (34)

Lived with Harry Hamlin from 1979 to 1983. They had a son, Dimitri Hamlin, in 1980.
Was once engaged to Fabio Testi.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#53). [August 1995]
Lived with Jean-Paul Belmondo from 1965 to 1972.
Is the only actress to appear in a canon Bond movie (Dr. No (1962)), an unofficial Bond film (Casino Royale (1967)) and also appear as a character in a Bond novel ("On Her Majesty's Secret Service").
Is fluent in English, French, German, Italian and Swiss-German.
Her voice was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl in Dr. No (1962), She (1965), The Blue Max (1966) and Casino Royale (1967) because of her strong accent.
Her younger sister, Kàtey Andress, unsuccessfully attempted to start a modeling career.
A contract she signed with Paramount Pictures in the mid-'50s resulted in no acting roles due to her lack of attendance in the speech class they had arranged for her.
On May 18, 2006, she celebrated her 70th birthday aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in the company of an international crowd of celebrities in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Is Swiss-German.
Ex-stepmother of Sean Catherine Derek.
Born to Rolf Andress, a German diplomat who had disappeared during World War II, and his French wife Anna, a gardener.
Linda Evans drove Ursula to the hospital the day she gave birth to hers and Harry Hamlin's son, Dimitri Hamlin, while Linda's personal assistant located Harry on the set of King of the Mountain (1981) and brought him there in time for the event.
Described her wedding to John Derek a nightmare, marrying him in a small Las Vegas chapel with a cab driver as their best man and a ring that did not fit.
Studied painting, sculpture and dance in Paris.
Grew up in Ostermundingen, a city in the district of Berne, like TV host Michelle Hunziker and Lauriane Gilliéron, a former Miss Switzerland, who both attended her 70th birthday party.
On September 30, 1955, shortly before his death, James Dean asked her to go with him to San Francisco in his Porsche 550 Spyder. But after talking to John Derek, he realized that she was having an affair with the latter, so Dean left Los Angeles without her.
Developed reputation as a serial homewrecker after being named correspondent for the divorces between John Derek and Pati Behrs, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Elodie Constant, and Ryan O'Neal and Leigh Taylor-Young. (Fellow Bond girl Lana Wood had actually invaded the last marriage before Andress came along, but the press placed the blame on her nonetheless.) She unapologetically explained "When you are in love, you are in love. That's all that matters.".
Was the original choice for the role of Sophie in Sophie's Choice (1982) but Meryl Streep, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead.
She worked with Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, Woody Allen and Burt Bacharach on both What's New Pussycat (1965) and Casino Royale (1967).
Has been linked romantically with automobile designer John DeLorean, singer Julio Iglesias, Brazilian soccer player Paulo Roberto Falcão, American actors Dennis Hopper and Ryan O'Neal, Austrian actor Helmut Berger, French actor Daniel Gélin, Italian actors Gerardo Amato, Marcello Mastroianni and Franco Nero, real estate developer Stan Herman (second ex-husband of Linda Evans) as well as Ricci Martin (son of Dean Martin), Nels Van Patten (son of Dick Van Patten), Lorenzo Ruspoli, hairdresser Claudio Belfiore and former Sicilian regional assembly member Fausto Fagone, who was a 20-year-old economics student when Andress began a five-year relationship with him in 1986.
The third of six children. She has a brother, Arthur and four sisters, Erica, Kàtey, Charlotte and Ruth.
Made a fortune dabbling in the stock market.
Runs painting and furniture auctions.
Turned down Raquel Welch's role in One Million Years B.C. (1966).
Turned down Sharon Tate's role in Valley of the Dolls (1967).
Turned down the role of Nova in Planet of the Apes (1968), which went to Linda Harrison.
Turned down the role of Empress Nympho in History of the World: Part I (1981), which went to Madeline Kahn.
Worked with fellow Bond girls Claudine Auger in Le dolci signore (1968), Barbara Bach in Stateline Motel (1973) and Luciana Paluzzi in The Sensuous Nurse (1975).
Onetime boyfriend Nels Van Patten is the brother-in-law of daytime soap star Eileen Davidson, who appears on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (2010) with Lisa Rinna, the current wife of Ursula's ex Harry Hamlin.
An occasional photographer, some of her pictures have been featured in Elle and Paris Match.
Selling her Beverly Hills home for $2.5 million. [September 2016]

Personal Quotes (15)

I have no problem with nudity. I can look at myself. I like walking around nude. It doesn't bother me. I see all the people walking around nude; it doesn't bother me.
I was under contract to Paramount. They wanted to make me into somebody which I was not. So I got so scared and rebelled, so they threw me out of the studio, because I never went to school. I never went to the diction of the English, to acting school, because I was so scared because I saw them ... and I couldn't live up to it. So I chose to run away.
It's a mystery. All I did was wear this bikini in Dr. No (1962) - not even a small one - and whoosh! Overnight, I made it.
To me, it's much more moral to live with the man you love, without signing a piece of paper, than to live legally in an atmosphere of boredom which can eventually turn to hate.
When I love a man, I live only for him. I become his slave.
What I look for in a man isn't printable! I wouldn't want to shatter my cool Swiss image.
[People magazine, 12/29/80] I'm nearly having a nervous breakdown. I am Swiss, and I want everything precise, clean, perfect. Everybody is furious with me; I have no time for anybody. I cry every day, I'm so upset. A baby takes 24 hours out of every 24 hours -- I never imagined it would be so time-consuming. Never, never!
I was unfaithful to my husband because of my love for Jean-Paul. It is the only time I have been unfaithful to the man I loved, and I wouldn't do it again.
Honestly, I feel so lucky I have had such a lucky life. Everything I've ever wanted, I've had. And now I have my own baby.
[on Harry Hamlin] I wanted him, and I knew I could have him, but I had no idea it would last more than a night or two. You can never prejudge a man.
[self-description of her upbringing] Like medieval times. I wasn't allowed to talk at the table unless I was addressed. I was not allowed to see boys or go to dances until I was 17.
I have always been a gypsy, dreaming about curiosity and dreaming about traveling.
[her criteria for choosing a project] It has to be art or else I am not interested. There is no shortage of good actors, there is a shortage of good films because they are very costly, but I did my work, and now I only do things for art.
I did enjoy London in the '60s. Everything was fun, it was a happy town, an English town, but now there are no English there!
The world has become so small today. It is so sad that everything is becoming the same, and different traditions and cultures are all disappearing. I want to see different cultures, and different traditions, and my favorite places are villages which do not have high-rise houses or cement-block flats, but villages that are confined in a wall with their traditions intact. (Nov. '08)

Salary (1)

Dr. No (1962) $6,000

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