Gita Hall (1933 - 2016)
By: Legacy Staff
1 year ago
Gita Hall, a Swedish-born model turned actress whose film credits include "The Gun Runners" and "Wolf Larsen," died Aug. 13, 2016, according to multiple news sources. She was 82.
Hall made news in 2013 by suing, and then settling with, Lionsgate, the production company backing TV's "Mad Men." The show had used an image of Hall in its opening credits. The image had been taken from a Revlon ad that the photographer Richard Avedon had shot during the 1960s.
Hall was born Birgitta Wetterhall Sept. 6, 1933, in a town in central Sweden. She had small roles in Swedish films during the early 1950s. The beauty won the Miss Stockholm pageant in 1953.
After making her way to Hollywood, she appeared in the 1958 films "The Gun Runners" and "Wolf Larsen." The latter motion picture — an adaptation of the Jack London adventure novel "The Sea-Wolf" — starred Barry Sullivan in the title role alongside Peter Graves, of "Mission Impossible" fame, and Hall. Later that year, Hall married Sullivan, but they soon split up, eventually divorcing in 1961.
When she first filed for divorce, in June 1959, she made news by requesting a modest sum of money from Sullivan.
“Ten months of marriage doesn’t entitle a woman to a big hunk of alimony," she said at the time. "I wouldn’t stick a man if I could. My property settlement with Barry will be a modest one, according to Hollywood standards. "The split is definite. We just don’t have enough in common to be happy together.”
Hall is survived by a daughter, Tracie May.
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