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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 18 May 1911Brooklyn, New York, USA
Date of Death 14 August 1969Mexico City, Mexico  (embolism)
Birth NameSigrid Gurie Haukelid
Nickname The Norwegian Garbo

Mini Bio (1)

Sigrid Gurie was a very talented artist and devoted her time in San Miguel Allende to painting and drawing and to her friends who adored her. She was a fine human being and well loved and missed after her death. She had been estranged from her brother for many years, as his treatment of her had been cold and even cruel.

Although she was married three times she had no fond feelings for her ex-husbands. She credited the strain of living in Hollywood at that time and the difficulties of her failed marriages as contributing to her health problems.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lydia L. Kramer

Spouse (3)

Lynn Abbott (1958 - 1961) (divorced)
Dr. Lawrence Spangard (August 1939 - 1948) (divorced)
Thomas Stewart (1935 - c. 1938) (divorced)

Trivia (6)

Twin sister to Knut Haukelid.
Sigrid and her family went back to Norway in 1912 and were not too far away from The Titanic when it sank.
Sigrid Gurie came to Hollywood in 1936 as a newly discovered talent whom Samuel Goldwyn introduced in the 1937 production of The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938). Strangly enough, he promoted her a Norwegian goddess but made her an oriental princess teamed with Gary Cooper.
She made a sensation in the early 1940s when the press found out she was born in Brooklyn and not in Norway.
Imported to Hollywood by Samuel Goldwyn
In a strange twist of fate, her twin brother Knut suffered an embolism in Oslo in 1969 after learning of his sister's death, also from an embolism in Mexico City. He recovered and died in 1994. Knut Haukelid gained fame as a war hero. A leader of the Norwegian Resistance during WWII, his story was eventually told in the movie The Heroes of Telemark (1965). He was portrayed by Richard Harris (as Knut Straud).

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