Greta Thyssen: Life Story and Glamorous Photos of Danish Beauty from her Acting and Modeling Career

Model and actress Greta Thyssen was known for her voluptuous body and enticing features. She crowned Miss Denmark in 1952. Thyssen moved to Hollywood in the mid-1950s. In those days, Marilyn Monroe was an international symbol of sex, and Hollywood hopefuls tried to imitate her every way they could. She attempted to follow in the footsteps of Marlin Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren. Greta had a stunning and perfect pin-up figure, and she soon became the best piece of Danish pastry in town.

Acting Career

Thyssen made her acting debut as Monroe’s double in the movie ‘Bus Stop’ in 1956. During the 1950s, she also appeared in two crime drama films, ‘Accused of Murder (1956)’ and ‘Terror is a Man (1959). In the 1960s, she appeared in two B-movies ‘Three Blondes in His Life (1961), opposite Jock Mahoney; and an enticing pin-up beauty on Uranus in Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962), shot in her native Denmark. She played the role of the wife of a scientist in the movie ‘Mystery Island’. Thyssen starred in three Stooges shorts with Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Joe Besser. She mainly starred in B-movies during her short film career. In 1967, Cottonpickin’ Chickenpickers was her last film appearance.

In the early 1970s, she appeared in a few wink-wink stage comedies such as “Pajama Tops”. After retiring from acting, she moved to New York City and became a successful painter, combining representational nude figures with surrealistic allegories.

Personal Life

Greta Thyssen was married four times in her life. First to Al Trilla from 1952 to 1953, then businessmen Ralph Padula (1953 to 1955). After the divorce from Padula, Thyssen married actor George Ronald Starr in 1959, and this marriage lasted only for two years. In 1963, she married mining engineer, Theodore Roy with whom she had a daughter, Genevieve Juliette Guenther. They remained married until he died in 2001. Thyssen died of pneumonia at the age of 90 in Manhattan on 6 January 2018. Her son-in-law and grandchild survived her.

Below are some glamorous photos of Greta Thyssen from her acting and modeling career.

#5 Greta Thyssen attends the Publicists’ Ballyhoo Ball in Los Angeles, 1955.

#8 Greta Thyssen in the movie ‘Terror is a Man’, 1959.

#9 Greta Thyssen poses at home for a portrait session in Los Angeles, 1956.

#26 Greta Thyssen posing near the swimming pool, 1956.

#27 Greta Thyssen posing near the swimming pool, 1956.

#29 Greta Thyssen posing near the swimming pool, 1956.

#30 Greta Thyssen posing near the swimming pool, 1956.

#38 Greta Thyssen posing in front of the window, 1955.

#39 Greta Thyssen at 21st Annual Tony Awards on March 26, 1967 at the Shubert Theater in New York City.

#40 Greta Thyssen at 21st Annual Tony Awards on March 26, 1967.

#42 Greta Thyssen at the premiere of ‘The Game Is Over’ on January 8, 1967 at the Trans-Lux Theater in New York City.

#43 Greta Thyssen attends the premiere party for ‘Camelot’ on October 25, 1967 at the Americana Hotel in New York City.

#45 Greta Thyssen with Anthony Perkins and Tina Louise at the debut of “Desire Under the Elms” at the Odeon Theatre.

#46 Greta Thyssen being measured with distortion analyzer by Dr. Vincent J. O’Neill, President of Chiropractic Association of New York State.

#47 Greta Thyssen smiles as she stands near American novelist, short story writer, and playwright Truman Capote, 1970s.

Written by Orla Morris

Full-time dress and costume designer, Half Persian half Italian. I still don’t know how to write, but i'm writing and you are reading :)

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