Thursday, October 23, 2008

An Actress and her Ocelot: Ursula Andress photographed by William Claxton, 1962

When this small photo-article ran in the April, 1962 issue of Hugh Hefner's short-lived
Show Business Illustrated magazine, Ursula Andress was married to John Derek and living in
Los Angeles, her brief European film career behind her.

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But within a few months, Andress was on her way to becoming one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1960s when she was seen on movie screens as
Honey Ryder, the first Bond Girl, rising from the surf in her white bikini in 'Dr. No', the first James Bond flick.

Her marriage with John Derek ended in 1966.

She remained busy with film work through the '60s and into the '70s.

Andress was involved with actor
Harry Hamlin around the time they both appeared in the movie 'Clash of the Titans'.
Their son was born in 1980, when she was 43.

The fate of Tiger the ocelot is unknown.

(A side note: Remember when ocelots were fashionable as house pets?

It never seemed like a great idea, in my opinion.

Before running out to bring home an ocelot, follow this link.)


The photos above were taken by William Claxton, a renowned photographer who passed away earlier this month, at the age of 80.

Claxton began his professional career in the 1950's, and became best known for his portraits of jazz musicians and other entertainers, as well as his images of fashion design.

Follow links to:
- An obituary for William Claxton, from The New York Times

- Official William Claxton Website, including biography, portfolio, and Quicktime video interview segments.

'William Claxton: Photographic Memory' at The Digital Journalist. Includes biography and photo gallery.

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