On Wednesday, sad news emerged about a famous film star from the '50s and ‘60s. Danish actress Greta Thyssen passed away in her Manhattan apartment on Sunday night.
Greta’s only child, Genevieve, was the one to confirm the news about her mother’s death. Greta was 90 years old at the time of her death and it reportedly came after years of suffering on and off from pneumonia.
Throughout her life, Thyssen was known as a “Marilyn Monroe double.” Beyond her looks, however, she was constantly praised for her wit and poise. In 1952, she was crowned Miss Denmark. After the win, she went straight to Hollywood where fans fell in love.
While Thyssen found herself in several acting roles, she was known more for her looks and who she was dating than for her acting skills. The actress continued to rise to fame when she began dating Cary Grant. Additionally, she co-starred with him in “The Three Stooges" shorts. Greta's daughter said that Grant and her mother's relationship ended after the latter opened up to the public about what it was like to date the famous actor. Grant reportedly was "furious that she had shared that publicly."
Thyssen appeared in several films, including the 1959 “Terror Is A Man,” and the 1961 “Three Blondes in His Life.” According to Express, Thyssen’s most memorable roles were in 1958 with "The Three Stooges" shorts.
In “Quiz Whizz,” the actress knocked out her fellow actors with a baseball bat before having a cake thrown in her face. In “Pies and Guys,” she participated in a cream pie fight.
In 1967, Thyssen finished her career as an actress. She decided to settle down and be with her husband, Theodore Guenther. In 1969, the couple gave birth to their only child, Genevieve.
Toward the end of her life, Thyssen focused on her family including her daughter, son-in-law, and one grandchild. Additionally, she spent her time painting in her New York apartment.
When speaking about her mother’s life, Genevieve said, “My mother was a very clever woman and extremely well read. If she had been born in a different era, I think she could have been a lawyer or professor.”
“I think that she always felt a bit embarrassed about the movie persona that she adopted as this kind of voluptuous, glamorous Danish pastry with nothing between her head except silk and feathers,” she concluded.
Please be praying for Genevieve and her child during this sad time in their lives. A loss is difficult, no matter the age or circumstance. In other recent news, a megachurch leader is in hot water after confessing to the assault of a teenager.