The world sadly lost another member of Old Hollywood over the weekend. Linda Christian, a 1940’s starlet died at the age of 87 in Palm Desert, California after a battle with colon cancer. The actress is best remembered for her marriage to leading man, Tyrone Power, along with being the very first Bond Girl. Life magazine also wrote about her curves, calling her the anatomic bomb — not a bad way to be remembered, huh?
Christian, originally named Blanca Rosa Welter, married 20th Century Fox’s biggest star, Power, in 1949. The widely famous marriage ended in 1956 (celebrity divorce was even common back then I suppose), but the couple did share two daughters, singer Romina Power and actress Taryn Power. In the 1960’s Christina was also briefly married to actor Edmund Purdom.
Probably in her most famous role, the actress starred as Vesper Lynd, James Bond’s romantic interest, in the 1954 TV adaptation of Casino Royale, with Barry Nelson as 007. Christian also appeared in films such as The V.I.P.s, which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, where she played the gold-digging girlfriend of Rod Taylor’s character.
Christian is survived by her two daughters and eight grandchildren.