Ursula Andress is a Swiss television and film actress who was also a model and a popular sex symbol in her prime. She has appeared in a host of British, American and Italian films and television shows. One of Ursula’s most notable performances was playing the role of Honey Ryder, the Bond girl for the first James Bond movie, Dr. No.
She also starred in the James Bond film, Casino Royale where she played the role of Vesper Lynd. Andress’ several other film appearances include roles in The 10th Victim, Perfect Friday, Fun in Acapulco, The Sensuous Nurse, Clash of the Titans, The Southern Sun, and The Blue Max. She won the New Star of the Year Golden Globe Award in 1964 for her role in Dr. No.
Ursula Andress’ Bio (Age)
Born on March 19, 1936, in Ostermundigen, Switzerland, Andress is one of five siblings – four sisters and a brother – of her parents. Her mother, Anna Andress, was a landscaper and her father, Rolf Andress, was a German diplomat. Her father vanished during World War II as he had been expelled from Switzerland previously on political grounds. She grew up in Bern, Switzerland and did her early schooling there. By the time she was 16 years old, she had become fluent in Italian, German and French. She moved to Paris and after a year of studies, she proceeded to live in Rome.
In 1954, while at a party in Rome, Andress met with a film producer who took an interest in her and offered to give her a screen test for a role in an Italian movie. She performed satisfactorily during the test and earned an opportunity to appear in the film, An American in Rome alongside Alberto Sordi. In 1955, she appeared in The Sins of Casanova where she starred alongside Gabriele Ferzetti – who would later co-star with her in a James Bond film. That same year she appeared in La catena dell’odio.
After being convinced by the American producer, Ursula Andress moved to Hollywood to continue her acting career. Soon after she arrived, she went into a seven-year contract with the renowned studio, Paramount Pictures. She, however, did not begin appearing in Hollywood films immediately because she did not speak English. In 1962, she appeared in an episode of La Strega alongside Rey.
In 1962, she got her big break and gained international acclaim for her role as Honey Rider in the James Bond film Dr. No. The scene in the film in which she arose from the Caribbean Sea sporting a white bikini soon became iconic in film and fashion history. That very scene and her overall role in Dr. No opened doors to several opportunities for her in the industry. Her appearance in the film also won her a New Star of Year Golden Globe Award in 1964.
In 1963, Ursula Andress played the female lead in Fun in Acapulco, an Elvis Presley musical. She appeared in several other films in the 1960s including Up in His Ears, The 10th Victim, Once Before I die, The Blue Max and the Bond film Casino Royale.
In the 1970s, she appeared in Perfect Friday, Red Sun, Loaded Guns, Sex with a Smile II and Stateline Motel among others. In the 1980s, she appeared in the TV series’ Manimal, Peter the Great, The Love Boat and Falcon Crest. She also appeared in the films, Clash of the Titans and Red Bells, among others.
Ursula Andress was featured in Playboy magazine seven times between 1965 and 1980. She once worked for the famous actor James Dean before he passed away in 1955. She married film director and actor, John Derek in 1957 but they were divorced in 1966. In 1979, she met Harry Hamlin on the set of Clash of the Titans and they soon began a romantic relationship. They were never married but have a son together.
A veteran of the movie industry, Ursula Andress’s impressive career spans over five decades with appearances in some of the greatest movies of the last century. He estimated net worth is put at $25 million.
Andress gave birth to her only child Dimitri Hamlin in 1980. Dimitri Hamlin’s father is the actor Harry Hamlin with whom Andress had a brief romantic affair after they met on the set of Clash of the Titans. Dimitri Hamlin who studied at Princeton University is also an actor, DJ, and fashion model. He is known for his role in the TV series My Daughters (2005). He has played in a host of European clubs as a DJ with a love for techno music. As a model, he has modeled for Abercrombie and Fitch among other fashion houses.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
Andress’ height is 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm). Her weight is 125 pounds (57 kg). The beautiful actress has body measurements of 38-25-35 inches.