Actress May Britt reading over pool (1957). Photographer: Leonard McCombe. LIFE.
Maybritt Wilkens, as she was known originally, was discovered as a teenager by Italian filmmakers, Carlo Ponti and Mario Soldati, in 1951. She was an assistant to a Stockholm photographer. She made her movie debut as the leading actress in Jolanda, the Daughter of the Black Corsair (1952).