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Greta Thyssen

Greta Thyssen

Actress
Greta Thyssen
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Quick Facts

Intro Actress
Is Actor Model
From United States of America
Type Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 30 March 1933, Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark, Kingdom of Denmark
Age 87 years
Star sign AriesAries
The details

Biography

Greta Thyssen (born Greta Thysegen; March 30, 1933) is a Danish film actress and former model, long-resident in the United States. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, she appeared in films and television series between 1956 and 1967.

Career

Thyssen arrived in the United States after winning the Miss Denmark crown in 1952. She attempted to follow in the footsteps of the reigning blonde sex symbols Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield by forging a movie career. She was Monroe's double in Bus Stop, and appeared in Accused of Murder, Terror Is a Man, Three Blondes in His Life and Journey to the Seventh Planet.

In addition to her appearances on the television series Dragnet and Bachelor Father, she appeared as Roxy Howard, the title character in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Nervous Accomplice". Thyssen also appeared on Broadway in Pajama Tops as a replacement for June Wilkinson.

Thyssen is probably best remembered for her appearances in the Three Stooges films Quiz Whizz, Pies and Guys and Sappy Bull Fighters. In her brief stint with the Stooges, she endured a cream pie to the face in the latter film. From 1956-1958, Thyssen was the original Pirate Girl on the game show Treasure Hunt, assisting host Jan Murray with presenting prizes hidden in miniature treasure chests. After appearing in the musical comedy Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers (1967), she retired from acting.

Personal

Thyssen was married three times. Her third marriage was to Theodore Guenther and produced a daughter, Genevieve Juliette Guenther, born February 14, 1969. As of June 2010, Thyssen resided in New York City.

Filmography

Feature Films

  • Bus Stop (1956)
  • Accused of Murder (1956)
  • The Beast of Budapest (1958)
  • Catch Me If You Can (1959)
  • Shawdows (1959)
  • Terror Is a Man (1959)
  • Three Blondes in His Life (1961)
  • Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962)
  • The Double-Barrelled Detective Story (1965)
  • Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers (1967)

Short Films

  • Quiz Whizz (1958)
  • Pies and Guys (1958)
  • Sappy Bull Fighters (1959)
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