Urs, The Swiss Black Boy

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Urs, The Swiss Black Boy

A Rollercoster between the High Life and Bankruptcy

Authored by Urs Althaus
Translated by Barbara Swayne

Nr. 8 Swiss Bestseller List

Originally, Urs Althaus wanted to become a professional footballer. But what actually happened, nobody in Altdorf, where he grew up with his single mother, could have anticipated.
The illegitimate child of a Nigerian medical student, who he never met and a Swiss mother, stormed the world's fashion catwalks. He walked for designers like Calvin Klein, Valentino, Armani, Kenzo, Yves Saint Laurent. He was the first black male model who made it on the cover of the American fashion magazine GQ.
As an actor, he was in front of the camera with Marcello Mastroianni and in the film adaptation of Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose" with Sean Connery. He could have gone far if it hadn't been for his carefreeness and gullibility. That he didn't take off in his best days and didn't go under in his worst - that is thanks to his safe haven at Lake Lucerne and his mother.

Urs Althaus, born in 1956 in Herliberg in Switzerland, grew up as the only black and Protestant child in Altdorf, in Catholic historic Switzerland, having a much easier time than one would have assumed. After school, he started a football career first with FC Basel and then with FC Zürich, which he had to give up due to an injury. During his commercial training, he got his first modelling job by chance and flew to Tokio. What occured afterwards is a life between fairy tale and nightmare. After many happy as well as unhappy years abroad, Urs Althaus now lives in Switzerland again and - as an actor - time and again in Italy.

Publication Date:
1523298375 / 9781523298372
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage

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