Linda Christian, the Hollywood actress of the 1940s and heartthrob Tyrone Power’s second wife, who became the first Bond girl, died on Friday in Palm Springs, California.
Christian, 87, who passed away on Friday, was suffering from colon cancer, Romina Power, Christian’s daughter said.
Linda Christian was born to a Dutch oil executive and his German-Mexican wife on November 13, 1923, in Tampico, Mexico. According to reports, Christian who traveled the world with her parents was fluent in seven languages.
Christian pursued her career in acting in Los Angeles and signed a contract with MGM. Her film debut was with Danny Kaye in the 1944 musical comedy Up In Arms.
Christian eventually started working in supporting roles in some of the productions, among them Robert Florey's Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948) and Richard Fleischer's The Happy Time (1952), Alt Film Guide reported.
Christian in 1949 married heartthrob Tyrone Power, one of Hollywood's most popular leading men and got divorced in 1956.
Life magazine labeled Christian as the anatomic bomb.
She starred as James Bond's love interest in the television production of Casino Royale in 1954 starring Barry Nelson as James Bond.
Giovanna Lenzi's Delitti and Sergio Pastore's Amore inquieto di Maria were the last two films roles of Christian in 1987.
Christian is survived by Romina Power, Taryn Power and eight grandchildren.