Ursula Andress is a Swiss actress, and model. She hails from a small municipality in Switzerland known as Ostermundigen.
Andress was the daughter of Rolf and Anna Andress. Her mother worked as a landscape gardener while her father was a German diplomat. Rolf and Anna gave birth to six children. Andress was the third-born child in the family. She had four sisters and one brother.
Unsurprisingly, the Swiss government expelled Rolf from Switzerland as tensions in Europe escalated before the outbreak of World War 2. Rolf disappeared during this war. At that time, Andress was a small child. She became fluent in Italian, German, and French by the time she was 16 years old. Then she pursued an art course in Paris before working as a nanny in Rome.
Ursula Andress' career started when she met a producer at a party. The producer asked her to audition for a role in an upcoming Italian film. She did the screen test, and she was successful. Consequently, she appeared in The Sins of Casanova' (1955). Gabriel. Ferzetti played a starring role in this film. Later, Ferzetti would play a role in a Bond film known as 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
Andress secured roles in other Italian films. Then she moved to Hollywood in January 1955 after an executive film producer in Los Angeles convinced her to do so. Andress signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures that started at $287 a week. She bought herself out of this deal soon afterward so that she could sign a deal with Columbia Pictures.
Regrettably, she never made a film with either Paramount Pictures or Columbia Pictures. She started acting again in 196a More specifically, she appeared in 'La Strega,' which was an episode in a TV series known as 'Thriller.' Her breakthrough came in 1962 when she played a prominent role in the first Bond film.
The name of this film was 'Dr. No'. Sean Connery acted as James Bond while Ursula Andress acted as the woman he desired. Honey Ryder was the name of her character in the film. She was a young and hot shell diver The image of her almost naked body as she wore a white bikini is still iconic in today's world.
Andress' role in the first Bond movie turned her into an international sensation. She received a Golden Globe Award for it, and she featured in various magazines including Playboy where she posed topless and nude. The Empire magazine declared her as one of the top-100 sexiest stars worldwide.
Ursula Andress engaged in a series of affairs throughout her life. The first recorded one was with James Dean in the 1950s. Unfortunately, Dean's death in 1955 ended the flaming romance that was developing between the two actors. In the same year, Andress and John Derek started an affair Derek left his wife for her Andress was 19 years old at the time.
Fortunately, the affair resulted in marriage in 1957. This marriage became tenuous in 1963 when the couple separated, and it finally ended in 1966 when the two finalized the divorce. Later, Andress would be in a relationship with Jean-Paul Belmondo, Fabio Testi, Ryan O'Neal, and Harry Hamlin at different times. She gave birth to Hamlin's son in May 1980 when she was 44 years old.