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|Birth Place:||Switzerland||Profession:||Cast ... actor|
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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