Even with her voice dubbed, Andress made history as the first Bond Girl and saw her popularity skyrocket especially after her iconic scene where she wades out of the Caribbean Sea wearing a white bikini.
“This bikini made me into a success,” she later said. No as the first Bond girl, I was given the freedom to take my pick of future roles and to become financially independent.” Andress undeniably had her pick of projects after she took home a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in 1964. No, she joined Elvis Presley in his 1963 musical Fun in Acapulco, but wasn’t the least impressed by his charm, at least not in the beginning.
Once she turned 18, she set out to see those dreams come true when she left home and moved to Rome, Italy with the hopes of becoming an Italian film star.
Her time in Italy, however, was brief as Andress moved to California a year later and signed a contract with Paramount Pictures.
“I adored Elvis, he was the kindest man there was,” Andress later said. You know, you judge people by what you read about them. We continued to be friends, and I saw him once or twice a year.
But he was a troubled person.” In 1965, Andress turned heads when she posed nude for Playboy magazine and continued to pose seven more times over the next 15 years while going on to appear in the 1967 Bond parody Casino Royale opposite Peter Sellers.Now focusing on her art and dividing her time between her homes in Spain, Italy and the United States, let’s catch up with the 81-year-old former Bond Girl!Ursula Andress came into this world on March 19, 1936 in Ostermundigen, Switzerland where her father was a German diplomat and her mother was a gardener.During World War II, her father disappeared shortly after he was expelled from Switzerland for political reasons, which is why Andress, her four sisters, and her brother never heard from him again.Because of her father’s sudden disappearance, Andress often dreamed of life beyond Switzerland, a life that included finding fame as a model and actress.You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices.