Sigrid Gurie

Sigrid Gurie

Sigrid Gurie was born  in Brooklyn in 1911.   When she was a child her parents returned to their homeland of Norway where she was educated.   She came to Hollywood in 1936.   Two years later she was cast opposite Gary Cooper in “The Adventures of Marco Polo”.   Her other films include “Algiers”, “Three Faces West” and in 1944 “Voice in the Wind”.   Her last film was made in Norway in 1948.   She died in Mexico City at the age of 58 in 1969.   Webpage on Sigrid Gurie can be accessed here.

“Wikipedia” entry:

She was born  in Brooklyn, New York, to Bjørulf Knutson Haukelid (1878–1944) and Sigrid Johanne Christophersen (1877–1969).   Her father was a civil engineer who worked for the New York City Subway from 1902 to 1912. Since Sigrid Gurie and her twin brotherKnut Haukelid were born in America, the twins held dual Norwegian-American citizenship. In 1914 the family returned to Norway. Sigrid Gurie subsequently grew up in Oslo and was educated in Norway, Sweden, and Belgium.[ In 1935 Gurie married Thomas Stewart of California; she filed for divorce in 1938.[ Her brother became a noted member of the Norwegian resistance movementduring World War II.

In 1936, Gurie arrived in Hollywood. Film magnate Sam Goldwyn reportedly took credit for discovering her, promoting his discovery as “the new Garbo” and billed her as “the siren of the fjords”. When the press discovered Gurie’s birth in Flatbush, Goldwyn then claimed “the greatest hoax in movie history.” She starred as Kokashin, daughter of Kublai Khan, in the 1938 production of The Adventures of Marco Polo, and went on to give worthwhile performances in such films as Algiers (1938), Three Faces West (1940) and Voice in the Wind (1944). She had a minor role in the classic Norwegian film Kampen om tungtvannet (1948). The movie was based principally on the book Skis Against the Atom which was written by her brother.

The above “Wikipedia” entry can also be accessed online here.

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