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Born: March 19, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Switzerland Profession: actor

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With her first major film role, actress Ursula Andress assured her place in pop culture history after audiences had their first glimpse of the athletic blonde beauty rising from the Caribbean surf, clad only in a glistening white bikini. After that breakout appearance in "Dr. No" (1962), the first film in the James Bond franchise, the young starlet was quickly placed in lightweight romps like "4 for Texas" (1962) and "Fun in Acapulco" (1962), opposite Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, respectively. Then-husband John Derek quickly used her to launch his directorial career with B-movie attempts like "Once Before I Die" (1965), although it was her 1965 Playboy pictorial that gained Andress far more attention at the time. Films like the Hammer Studios adventure "She" (1965), the Italian science fiction thriller "The Tenth Victim" (1966) and the WWI aerial melodrama "The Blue Max" (1966), all cashed in on Andress' reputation as one of the world's most beautiful women. With her marriage to the controlling Derek long over, the actress appeared in increasingly exploitative features like "Mountain of the Cannibal God" (1978) before meeting the much younger actor Harry Hamlin on the set of "Clash of the Titans"...

With her first major film role, actress Ursula Andress assured her place in pop culture history after audiences had their first glimpse of the athletic blonde beauty rising from the Caribbean surf, clad only in a glistening white bikini. After that breakout appearance in "Dr. No" (1962), the first film in the James Bond franchise, the young starlet was quickly placed in lightweight romps like "4 for Texas" (1962) and "Fun in Acapulco" (1962), opposite Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, respectively. Then-husband John Derek quickly used her to launch his directorial career with B-movie attempts like "Once Before I Die" (1965), although it was her 1965 Playboy pictorial that gained Andress far more attention at the time. Films like the Hammer Studios adventure "She" (1965), the Italian science fiction thriller "The Tenth Victim" (1966) and the WWI aerial melodrama "The Blue Max" (1966), all cashed in on Andress' reputation as one of the world's most beautiful women. With her marriage to the controlling Derek long over, the actress appeared in increasingly exploitative features like "Mountain of the Cannibal God" (1978) before meeting the much younger actor Harry Hamlin on the set of "Clash of the Titans" (1981), with whom she had her only child. In the years that followed, she appeared less and less on screen, but occasionally popped up in projects like the miniseries "Peter the Great" (1986) and the art house film "Cremaster 5" (1997), offering fans one more glimpse of the iconic sex symbol.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Cremaster 5 (1997) Queen Of Chain
3.
 Klassezamekunft (1989)
5.
 Liberte, Egalite, Choucroute (1985) Marie Antoinette
6.
 Clash of the Titans (1981) Aphrodite
7.
 The Fifth Musketeer (1979) Madame De La Valliere
8.
 Letti Selvaggi (1978)
9.
 Montagna del dio Cannibale, La (1978) Susan Stevenson
10.
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Discovered by Italian film producer while on vacation in Rome
1954:
Film acting debut, "Le avventure di Giacomo Casanova"
1955:
Seven-year hiatus from film work
1962:
English-language debut in "Dr. No"
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husband:
John Derek. Director, actor. Married in 1957; divorced in 1966; starred in his "Once Before I Die" (1965); died of heart failure on May 22, 1998 at age 71.
companion:
Harry Hamlin. Actor. Met while on the set of "Clash of the Titans" (1979); father of Andress' son Dimitri.
companion:
Fausto Fagone. Together c. 1988-91.

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father:
Rolf Andress. Diplomat. German.
mother:
Anna Andress. German.
son:
Dimitri Alexandre Hamlin. Born on May 19, 1980; father, Harry Hamlin.

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