Gwili Andre

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Gwili Andre
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Andre in 1932
Born Gurli Andresen
(1908-02-04)4 February 1908
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died 5 February 1959(1959-02-05) (aged 51)
Venice, California, U.S.
Cause of death Injuries sustained in house fire
Nationality Danish
Other names Gwili Mlotkowski
Gwili A. Cross
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 1932–1942
Spouse(s) Stanisŀaw Mlotkowski (m. 1929; div. 1935)
William Dallas Cross, Jr. (m. 1940; div. 1948)
Children 1

Gwili Andre (4 February 1908 – 5 February 1959) was a Danish model and actress who had a brief career in Hollywood films.


Born Gurli Andresen in Copenhagen, 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.[1]

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.[2] 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).[citation needed]

Personal life

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.[1] They had a son, Peter Lance Cross, in February 1944. They divorced in 1948.[2]

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, the day after her 51st birthday, she died in a fire that started in her Venice, California apartment where she lived alone. The cause of the fire was never determined.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1932 Roar of the Dragon Natascha
1932 Secrets of the French Police Eugenie Dorain
1933 No Other Woman Margot
1937 Meet the Boyfriend Vilma Vlare
1937 The Girl Said No Gretchen Holman
1941 A Woman's Face Gusta
1942 The Falcon's Brother Diane Medford


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wollstein, Hans J. (1994). Strangers in Hollywood: The History of Scandinavian Actors in American Films From 1910 To World War II. Scarecrow Press. pp. 18–20. ISBN 0-810-82938-X.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "The Private Life and Times of Gwili Andre". Retrieved 1 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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