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Also Known As: Blanca Rosa Welter Died: July 22, 2011
Born: November 13, 1923 Cause of Death: Colon cancer
Birth Place: Tampico, Tamaulipas, MX Profession: Actor, Model

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With her enviable figure and come-hither looks, actress Linda Christian fit the role of a James Bond girl to a tee. In fact, the Hollywood starlet was the first actress to ever appear as a Bond girl with her role on the TV adaptation of "Casino Royale" (CBS, 1954), based on the 1953 spy novel of the same name by Ian Fleming and was televised as part of the network's drama anthology "Climax!" (1954-58). Prior to this, Christian had made strides in her career with roles in "Up in Arms" (1944) and "Tarzan and the Mermaids" (1948), before becoming the envy of women everywhere when she married Hollywood heartthrob and swashbuckling star Tyrone Power in 1949. Marital problems and rumors of extramarital affairs, however, overshadowed Christian's career until their divorce in 1955. While the actress faded from public view, she did continue appearing in lesser films and TV series up until the late 1980s. But was her role as a curvaceous, bikini-clad Bond girl that punctuated her career and made Christian an iconic screen siren.

With her enviable figure and come-hither looks, actress Linda Christian fit the role of a James Bond girl to a tee. In fact, the Hollywood starlet was the first actress to ever appear as a Bond girl with her role on the TV adaptation of "Casino Royale" (CBS, 1954), based on the 1953 spy novel of the same name by Ian Fleming and was televised as part of the network's drama anthology "Climax!" (1954-58). Prior to this, Christian had made strides in her career with roles in "Up in Arms" (1944) and "Tarzan and the Mermaids" (1948), before becoming the envy of women everywhere when she married Hollywood heartthrob and swashbuckling star Tyrone Power in 1949. Marital problems and rumors of extramarital affairs, however, overshadowed Christian's career until their divorce in 1955. While the actress faded from public view, she did continue appearing in lesser films and TV series up until the late 1980s. But was her role as a curvaceous, bikini-clad Bond girl that punctuated her career and made Christian an iconic screen siren.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 How To Seduce a Playboy (1968) Lucy's mother
3.
 Contest Girl (1966) Herself
4.
 The Moment of Truth (1965) American woman
5.
 The V.I.P.s (1963) Miriam Marshall
6.
 The Devil's Hand (1961) Bianca
7.
8.
 Thunderstorm (1956) Maria Ramon
9.
 Athena (1954) Beth Hallson
10.
 Slaves of Babylon (1953) Panthea
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Discovered by Louis B. Mayer's secretary and signed a seven year contract with MGM
1944:
Made her film debut in "Up In Arms"
1946:
Appeared in "Holiday in Mexico"
1947:
Acted in "Green Dolphin Street," opposite Lana Turner
1948:
Co-starred in "Tarzan and the Mermaids"
1949:
Was the subject of a well-known photograph published in the January issue of <i>Vogue</i>
1963:
Last US film, "The VIP's"
1963:
Appeared in NBC TV pilot, "Last of the Private Eyes"
1987:
Appeared in feature, "Amore Inquieto di Maria"
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husband:
Tyrone Power. Actor. Married in 1949; divorced in 1955.
companion:
Marquis Alfonso de Portago. Engaged when he died in racecar accident in 1957.
husband:
Edmund Purdom. Actor. Married in 1962; divorced in 1963.

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sister:
Ariadne Welter. Actor. Has one.
cousin:
Katy Jurado. Actor. Born January 16, 1924.
daughter:
Romina Power. Singer, actor. Born on October 2, 1951.
daughter:
Taryn Power. Actor. Born on September 13, 1953.
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