Ursula Thiess
German actor
Ursula Thiess
Ursula Thiess was a German film actress who had a brief Hollywood career in the 1950s Thiess began her career on the stage in her native Germany and by dubbing female voices in American films as Ursula Schmidt.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 85
    Thiess died of natural causes in an assisted living care facility in Burbank on June 19, 2010, at the age of 86.
    More Details Hide Details She was survived by three of her four children, Manuela, Terry, and Tessa.
  • FORTIES
  • 1973
    Age 48
    After Taylor's death, she was obliged to sell their ranch. She moved to Bel Air, and in 1973, she married film distributor Marshall Schacker, and they stayed married until his death from cancer in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Ursula was known to be an excellent home decorator, gourmet cook, shadow box maker, and UCLA Children's Hospital volunteer. As the wife to Robert Taylor, she gave up her acting career to become a full-time mother and homemaker, though she generally accompanied her husband on film locations, often with her two younger children by Taylor. She was also known to go hunting and fishing with Taylor, who was a passionate sportsman. Ursula Thiess wrote her autobiography, But I Have Promises to Keep: My Life Before, With and After Robert Taylor.
  • 1969
    Age 44
    Her son, Michael, who had served a year in a German prison for attempting to poison his natural father, died shortly before Robert Taylor's death, in 1969 of drug overdose.
    More Details Hide Details Ursula discovered him dead when she stopped by his motel to drop him off some medication.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1956
    Age 31
    They moved with Ursula's two children from her previous marriage, to their ranch in Brentwood, California, in 1956, and lived there until Taylor's death from cancer in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Ursula's two children, Manuela and Michael, had many adjustment problems adapting to their new life, and were often in trouble with the police, causing the family to suffer bad publicity as a result.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1954
    Age 29
    She met and eventually married Robert Taylor in 1954 and virtually abandoned her film career to become a mother and housewife.
    More Details Hide Details The Taylors had two children Terry and Tessa.
    Thiess began her career on the stage in her native Germany and by dubbing female voices in American films as Ursula Schmidt. After she married Georg Otto Thiess, she became Ursula Thiess and was featured in many German magazines, including several cover photos, as well as the cover of Life magazine, 1954, as an upcoming model, and she was dubbed the "most beautiful woman in the world."
    More Details Hide Details She left postwar Germany at the urging of Howard Hughes and signed up with RKO. She co-starred with Robert Stack in The Iron Glove (1952), Rock Hudson in Bengal Brigade (1954), Glenn Ford in The Americano (1955), and Robert Mitchum in Bandido (1956). Ursula was born in 1924 to Wilhelmine Lange and Hans Schmidt. At age 17, for refusing to join the Hitler Youth, she was drafted into service working as farm labor. After that, she returned to do acting on stage, where she met and married her first husband, German film producer Georg Otto Thiess. They had two children, Manuela and Michael.
  • 1947
    Age 22
    That marriage dissolved in 1947, and in 1948, she began a modeling career in Berlin.
    More Details Hide Details Her unusual beauty caught the eye of Howard Hughes, who made her a contract offer to join RKO Studios.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Born
    Born on May 15, 1924.
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