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Gwili Andre

Full Name  Gurli Andresen
Name  Gwili Andre
Nationality  Danish
Role  Actress
Occupation  Model, actress
Children  Peter Lance Cross
Years active  1932–1942

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Born  4 February 1908 (1908-02-04) Copenhagen, Denmark
Cause of death  Injuries sustained in house fire
Other names  Gwili Mlotkowski Gwili A. Cross
Died  February 5, 1959, Venice, California, United States
Spouse  William Dallas Cross, Jr. (m. 1940–1948), Stanislaw Mlotkowki (m. 1929–1935)
Movies  Roar of the Dragon, No Other Woman, Secrets of the French Police, A Woman's Face, Meet the Boy Friend
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Gwili Andre (4 February 1908 – 5 February 1959) was a Danish model and actress who had a brief career in Hollywood films. (Another source gives her birth date as 4 February 1907.)

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Born Gurli Andresen in Copenhagen, she had two sisters. Her father was an artist.

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Andre came to Hollywood in the early 1930s with the intention of establishing herself as a film star after working as model in Europe. In 1930, she moved to New York City with her first husband where she was reportedly spotted by David O. Selznick at the premiere of a Broadway show. Selznick was taken by her beauty and arranged for a screen test.

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She was signed to RKO Studio and, in the 1932, appeared in Roar of the Dragon and Secrets of the French Police. While her striking looks were likened to that of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, her acting garnered poor reviews. One newspaper columnist called her "stiff, colorless and completely talentless performer." Despite the poor reviews of her acting, RKO began using her glamorous looks to promote her career. A widespread publicity campaign ensured that her name and face became well known to the American public, but her next role in No Other Woman (1933), opposite Irene Dunne, was not the success the studio expected. Over the next few years she was relegated to supporting roles which included a role in the Joan Crawford picture A Woman's Face (1941).

Personal life

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Andre was married twice. She was married to realtor Stanisław Mlotkowski in 1929. They separated in 1930, and divorced in 1935. Andre then married engineer William Dallas Cross, Jr. in 1943. They had a son, Peter Lance Cross, in February 1944. They divorced in 1948.

Later years and death

By the early 1940s, Andre's film career had come to a stand still. Her final role was a minor part in one of the popular Falcon series, The Falcon's Brother in 1942. She did not return to the screen, although she spent the rest of her life trying to orchestrate a comeback. Andre returned to her native Denmark with her son after her divorce from William Cross, Jr. but returned to New York City in 1954. She eventually moved back to California.

On 5 February 1959, Andre died in a fire that started in her Venice, California apartment where she lived alone. The cause of the fire was never determined.


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