Greta Gynt

Greta Gynt (November 15, 1916 – April 2, 2000), born Margrethe Woxholt, was a Norwegian singer, dancer and actress. Greta Gynt was born Margrethe Woxholt in Oslo, Norway. As a child, she came with her parents to England and started dancing lessons at the age of 5. Eventually, they moved back to Norway. At age 12, she started out as a dancer at the Chat Noir shows in Oslo. After the Swedish film Sången till henne (1934), her mother, costume designer Kirsten Woxholt, felt her daughter would have better luck in England. She got a letter of recommendation from Fox Film and moved to the UK. She played lead roles in minor British films in the 1930s and 40s. The Rank Organisation was trying to market her as the British Jean Harlow. She also tried an unsuccessful career in the US, and went back to England afterwards. Her most famous film is the 1939 Bela Lugosi film The Dark Eyes of London. In the film, she plays Diana Stewart and her portrayal is not a cowardly leading lady à la Fay Wray in King Kong (1933) or Lugosi's other leading ladies. Gynt's Diana is a headstrong woman and stands up to him.


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