Bond Girl Dies
July 24, 2011 by Post Team
Bond Girl Dies, Hollywood says goodbye to an archetype Friday. Linda Christian, the first woman to play what later became known as the ubiquitous “Bond girl”, died at the age of 87 after a battle with colon cancer, her daughter told the media. Christian was born in Mexico in 1923, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
Born Blanca Rosa Welter, she was a child of wealth and prominence and followed her father, oil magnate from around the world. Finally, he could speak seven languages. She won beauty pageants and later became known in Hollywood as the “anatomic bomb” because of her curves.
Christian played the love interest of James Bond first in James Bond’s first film ever adapted from a James Bond book first, Casino Royale in 1954. She starred as Valerie Mathis, a combination of two characters in the book: Vesper Lynd and Rene Mathis. His counterpart was Barry Nelson, the only American to portray Bond – this was also the James Bond film not only for an item is finished.
It was her marriage to Hollywood A-Lister Tyrone in 1949 that helped launch her career. They had two daughters, Taryn and Romina Power, both actresses.
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