Linda Christian's best remembered film role is probably as Mara in Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948). She has additionally a place in history as the first "Bond girl," in a 1954 television version of Casino Royale.
She was born in Tampico, Mexico, of a Mexican mother and a Dutch father, and worked with Luis Bunuel during his Mexican exile, on The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Crus (1955).
She married Tyrone Power and their children were actress Taryn Power and singer Romina Power. In her later years Linda returned to Mexico where she had plenty of work as a soap star.
Here she is in her Hollywood heyday with her pet chihuahua. In 1954 in Spain, this dog met with a rather thrilling tragedy in that he was extremely jealous of Linda and would lose his senses over her.
He saw his mistress in the street, while looking down from a hotel balcony. As she was flirting with bullfighters, the little alpha male dog took an angry headlong leap from the balcony intending to scare the men away, but went splat instead. News stories of the day declared it a love-suicide because Linda was unfaithful to him.