First Bond Girl Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) -- Linda Christian, the Hollywood
starlet of the 1940s who married heartthrob Tyrone Power and went
on to become the first Bond girl, has died.

Her daughter, Romina Power, says Christian died Friday in Palm
Desert after battling colon cancer. She was 87.

Born in Mexico, Christian pursued an acting career in Los
Angeles and eventually signed a contract with MGM. She made her
film debut alongside Danny Kaye in the 1944 musical comedy Up In
Arms.

A year after appearing in 1948's Tarzan and the Mermaids,
Christian married Power, one of Hollywood's most popular leading
men. They divorced in 1956.

Christian's famous curves led Life magazine to nickname her the
"anatomic bomb."

In 1954 she starred as James Bond's love interest in the
television adaptation of the novel Casino Royale.

She is survived by Romina Power, her sister Taryn Power and
eight grandchildren.


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