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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 30 March 1933Copenhagen, Denmark
Birth NameGreta Thysegen

Mini Bio (2)

The enticing, voluptuous beauty of European import Greta Thyssen filled out the pages of movie magazines everywhere during the 1950s. Born in the early 1930s, she was a freshly-scrubbed brunette when she won the Miss Denmark crown in 1951. The subsequent attention had her packing her bags for Hollywood. At that time Marilyn Monroe had become an international sex symbol and Hollywood hopefuls were falling all over themselves to be just like her. Enter Greta, in a major, major transformation, as a statuesque, peroxide-blonde bombshell--competing against the whistle-blowing likes of Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren. With mouth-dropping measurements reported at 40-24-36, this pin-up favorite became the best piece of Danish pastry in town. She also had her eye out for films.

Like Ms. Mansfield and Ms. Van Doren, Greta's movie career was a bust--literally. She bordered slightly on the seamy side and was offered such parts. Yet she proved a trooper and was qualified enough to handle a scattered amount of low-grade crimers, adventures and horror stories -- a few having since reached "cult turkey" status. Greta actually started off in the quality movie Bus Stop (1956), unbilled as a "cover girl." She also served as Ms. Monroe's double in the movie. Another bit film part in Accused of Murder (1956) led to a regular role as a busty "Pirate Girl" model on the TV quiz show Treasure Hunt (1956) starring wolfish host Jan Murray. She momentarily took a few male minds off the horrific The Beast of Budapest (1958) and did her scream queen schtick in Terror Is a Man (1959), in which she played vulnerable to a mad scientist-turned-panther-like creature à la "The Island of Dr. Moreau." Greta added the requisite hard-boiled touch to the noirish detective film Three Blondes in His Life (1961) opposite Jock Mahoney and showed up in Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962) as well, which was another John Agar sci-fi cheapie. On TV she played a fetching foil in a number of Three Stooges shorts (Joe Besser was the third Stooge at the time) and appeared in a few TV episodics, mostly crime stories, including "Dragnet" and "Perry Mason." Her film career ended dismally with the inane "comedy" Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers (1967), which pretty much says it all. Toward the end she appeared in a couple of wink-wink stage comedies such as "Pajama Tops" until the early 1970s. She then retired and moved to New York. All in all, Greta took advantage of the equipment she had, made it work for her, and got her "fifteen minutes."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

She was on the cover or featured in hundreds of newspapers and magazines. Greta Thyssen was crowned Miss Denmark in 1951 and immigrated to Hollywood. Greta was a theater actress and easily fell into film given her spectacular figure: 40-24-36 and blonde bombshell looks. She was dubbed the most beautiful sex symbol in Hollywood competing with Jane Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe and got to know Marilyn in Bus Stop (1956), as a "cover girl". She also was Marilyn's stand in in Bus Stop. A bit film part in Accused of Murder (1956)led to a regular role as a "Pirate Girl" model on the TV quiz show "Treasure Hunt" (1956) . Other credits include The Beast of Budapest, (1958) and Terror Is a Man (1959), Terror is a Man has since been remade twice into "The Island of Dr.Moreau." Greta was in, Three Blondes in His Life (1961) opposite Jock Mahoney and in Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962), another science fiction John Agar film. Television credits include some of Three Stooges series. and appeared in TV episodics, mostly crime stories, including "Dragnet" and "Perry Mason." Her final film was "Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers (1967). She was on Broadway in a play with Soupy Sales called "Lapalazoola". She appeared in stage comedies such as "Pajama Tops" until the early 1970s. Greta married and when her daughter Jan was born she chose to leave her career to take care of her child. She retired prematurely and moved to New York. Greta Thyssen recently pulled out two huge suitcases for me filled with pictures and articles about her during her Hollywood career in the 1950s-1960's. She was romantically involved with Carey Grant.Greta last participated in a reading for a feature film in development called, The Barrymore Chair at the prestigious, Lambs Club in New York City and says she is "available for film work".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tyler Chase-L'ORAGE Productions

Spouse (4)

Ted Guenther (19 July 1963 - ?) (1 child)
Al Trilla (May 1952 - ?) (divorced)
? (? - ?) (divorced)
George R. Starr (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (6)

Miss Denmark 1952
Appeared in the very last short by The Three Stooges, Sappy Bull Fighters (1959).
While in only three shorts with The Three Stooges, she was hit with a cream cake in Quiz Whizz (1958) and took a gooey cream pie in the face in Pies and Guys (1958).
She and fourth husband, Ted Guenther, had a daughter, Genevieve Juliette, born February 14, 1969.
Resides in New York City [April 2003]
Greta resides in New York City with her cat Inkey. [May 2007]

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