Photo courtesy of rightful owners and Saatchi Art.
One of the many things I admired about Martin Gardner was his allowing his mind to take him where it would. In addition to all of his contributions made to the world in the forms of recreational mathematics and scientific commentary, another way in which he displayed his acumen was through biography. He became a scholar in his own right concerning Lewis Carroll. Since Gardner’s column in Scientific American dealt with mathematical enjoyments, it was only natural that he found interest in Carroll’s background and incorporation of mathematical themes in the book that Carroll became synonymous with. One of Gardner’s grand accomplishments was to play the chief part in annotating a volume on, “Alice in Wonderland.”
Like Gardner, I have an interest in biography, but thus far, my main biographical focus has not been on that of a writer with a knowledge of mathematics. No, one of my main biographical interests emerged as a result of my interest in swashbuckling stories when I was a child. The way the historical formula has worked for the swashbuckler’s tale has been to call on the duo of both adventurer/rogue and princess/maiden as they are interwoven into the storyline. For the majority of my life, I have always felt that Ms. Ursula Andress not only had the presence to serve as the quintessential princess in the swashbuckling variety of film, but I have also felt that she has as much qualifying intellect to speak on this type of role as anyone that’s ever been asked.
Over the years, I have tried to compile biographical information about Ms. Andress in the hopes that someday, I too, could pen some form of a biography about her life, however short. At this point, I have not had time to translate all articles about the Swiss born actress so that any small outlying details might be extracted for making a more well-rounded biography. Of course, I understand that a certain kind of ribbing comes along with my taking on such a project since Ms. Andress has held the title of being the most beautiful woman in the world. But, if one understands the role of the female lead in a swashbuckling tale, then they can quickly understand just how qualified Ms. Andress has always been for such a casting. She could have been another Maureen O’ Hara, in my opinion, and I can only wish that cinematically the movie studios had felt the same way.
Ms. Andress speaks multiple languages, and, for the life of me, I can’t understand why one of the criticisms she had to face in the advent of her career was her accent. I have always felt that her accent, when she is speaking English, is equally as lovely as are all aspects of her persona. Additionally, she is very knowledgeable about art and antiques, two other interests of which I have, but my knowledge in comparison to hers pales by far. And, athletically speaking, Ms. Andress could have learned any sword fighting choreography necessary for the telling of an adventure story. Her horseback riding skills are also far superior to my own. I know how the term, “princess,” can be considered and used to be an offensive term, but when considering the qualifications for royalty, whether on screen or in royal lineages, I always felt that Ms. Andress was as close to an actual princess as the world has ever seen (and I state these words in as complimentary and as flattering a fashion towards Ms. Andress as I can earnestly make them).
At this point you have the beginnings of an outline for a thesis on why Ms. Andress can speak so intelligently to the adventure tale. There is even a quote out there where she expresses admiration for Albert Einstein. Anyone who knows Ms. Andress can attest to her remarkable intelligence. Having a scholastic discussion of the form that I am referencing is easily accomplished with her.
Ms. Andress turned eighty-four years old today. Since I will always be a swashbuckler at heart, I thought I would send her a heartfelt happy birthday via the land of the blog. What is amazing is that immediately after I speak to her being deserving of the title of, “princess,” her true charm lies in the fact with how down to earth she truly is. Regardless of one’s station in life, based on everything I’ve gathered, her warmth wins over the room and she can be just as endearing with us common folk as she was when she met the Queen of England.
Ms. Andress meeting Queen Elizabeth II. Photo courtesy of Worthpoint.
I suppose the question, at this point, is what does this blog entry have to do with a discussion about ghosts? Well, somewhere back in my inaugural post, I believe I mentioned that I would, on occasion, venture off into other areas. However, there is an easy tie-in to make here with ghosts. If you have ever seen the ghost hunting television programs invite a celebrity to go along on their broadcasted hunts, then we have a chance at making a connection here. If Ms. Andress had ever wanted to be an assistant ghost hunter on a cable TV show, the ghost hunters and production crew should have jumped at the chance for one very simple reason. Ms. Andress is FUN. She will have you laughing, and where she is, the room is guaranteed to have electricity. If there is an endeavor she is a part of, it is a known fact that there will be no concern for dull moments.
Happy Birthday, Ms. Andress.
The world needs a princess.