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SpouseLennart Ringquist, Sammy Davis Jr., Edwin J. Gregson
FactWas considered for the leading female role in the Elvis Presley picture G.I. Blues (1960), but the role was eventually played by Juliet Prowse.

May Britt (born 22 March 1934) is a Swedish actress. She began her film career in Sweden, appearing in a number of Ingmar Bergman’s films. She moved to the United States in the early 1960s, where she appeared in such films as The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Great Escape (1963), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).

Britt was born in Stockholm, Sweden, the daughter of Anna (née Söderström), a social worker, and Sven Ake Viktor Johansson, a journalist. She had a sister, Ingrid, who was also an actress. Britt studied acting at the Dramatens elevskola, the Royal Dramatic Theatre’s acting school.

Britt’s first film role was in Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night (1955). She went on to appear in a number of Bergman’s films, including The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), and The Magician (1958). In 1960, she moved to the United States to star in The Magnificent Seven.

Britt’s other American films include The Great Escape (1963), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), and Mackenna’s Gold (1969). She returned to Sweden in the 1970s, appearing in such films as Cries and Whispers (1972) and Scenes from a Marriage (1973).

In the 1980s, Britt appeared in a number of American television movies and miniseries, including North and South (1985) and Ellis Island (1984).

Britt has been married three times. Her first husband was actor Harry Belafonte, with whom she had one daughter, Shari Belafonte. Her second husband was actor Roger Smith, with whom she had two sons, Anthony and Robert. She has been married to actor Ingvar Kamprad since 2006.

Britt has a net worth of $5 million.

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Full NameMay Britt
EducationUniversity of Oslo


SpouseLennart Ringquist, Sammy Davis Jr., Edwin J. Gregson
ChildrenTracey Davis, Mark Davis, Jeff Davis


AwardsNobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize
MoviesThe Young Lions, War and Peace, The Hunters, The Blue Angel, Murder, Inc., The Unfaithfuls, She Wolf, Jolanda, the Daughter of the Black Corsair, Fatal Desire, Funniest Show on Earth, Modern Virgin, Haunts, Revelation

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1Grandmother of Sam Garner, and Montana Garner.
2Mother, with Sammy Davis Jr., of daughter Tracey Davis.
3May Britt has some thoroughbred horse connections. In 1958 she was briefly married to actor and future horse-trainer Edwin Gregson, trainer of 1982 Kentucky Derby winner Gato Del Sol. Since 1993 she has been married to Lennart Ringqust, who was the second husband of Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat.
4Was considered for the leading female role in the Elvis Presley picture G.I. Blues (1960), but the role was eventually played by Juliet Prowse.




Probe1988TV SeriesHelga
The Partners1971TV Series
The Most Deadly Game1971TV SeriesLili
Mission: Impossible1969TV SeriesEva Gollan
The Danny Thomas Hour1968TV SeriesAnna
Murder, Inc.1960Eadie Collins
The Blue Angel1959Lola-Lola
The Hunters1958Kristina 'Kris' Abbott
The Young Lions1958Gretchen Hardenberg
War and Peace1956Sonia Rostova
Prigionieri del male1955Nadia Ulianova, giornalista Sovietica
L'ultimo amante1955Maria Spanisch
Ça va barder1955Gina
Vergine moderna1954Claudia Bardi
The Ship of Condemned Women1953Consuelo
Il più comico spettacolo del mondo1953Brigitte, la domatrice
She Wolf1953Maria Maricchia
Jolanda la figlia del corsaro nero1953Jolanda
The Unfaithfuls1953Liliana Capacci Rodgers
Fatal Desire1953Santuzza


Murder, Inc.1960performer: "Hey! Mister"
The Blue Angel1959performer: "Lola-Lola", "Falling in Love Again"


Unsung Hollywood2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Brando2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHerself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1976TV Series documentaryHerself
The 18th Annual Tony Awards1964TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Bob Hope Show1959TV SeriesHerself - Guest

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Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 21999TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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