Thursday, 24 March 2011

Shirley Eaton Golden Girl

 The lovely Shirley Eaton was born on 12 /01/37 in Edgware. Throughout her career, she appeared with many of the top British male comedy stars from the period including Jimmy Edwards, Max Bygraves, Bob Monkhouse and Arthur Askey. Her female co-stars included Peggy Mount, Thora Hird and Dora Bryan among others. Her early roles include Three Men In A Boat (1956) and Date with Disaster (1957), in which she co-starred with Tom Drake. She also worked with The Crazy Gang in Life Is a Circus (1958) and with Mickey Spillane in The Girl Hunters (1963) in which Spillane played his own literary creation Mike Hammer.
She appeared in several early Carry On films., and rarely appeared on television; an exception was her appearances in three episodes of The Saint, starring Roger Moore.
Although not known as a singer, Eaton took part in the British heat of the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest.
Eaton’s  most recognised and iconic role was  as Jill Masterson in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, gaining more recognition than actress Honor Blackman who played leading Bond Girl Pussy Galore. She appeared on the cover of Life Magazine in her gold-painted persona. After Goldfinger, Eaton made only a few more films, including The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1969), before her retirement.

Eaton retired from acting to raise her family and later commented in an interview with journalist James Davies on 18 June 2008, "The most important thing for me was being a woman and having a family more than being a very famous glamorous actress."
Jill Masterson
Selected filography
The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968) as Black Widow
Around the World Under the Sea (1966/I) as Dr. Margaret E. 'Maggie' Hanford
Goldfinger (1964) as Jill Masterson
Rhino! (1964) as Miss Arleigh
Dentist on the Job (1961) as Jill Venner
Carry on Constable (1960) as Sally Barry
Carry on Nurse (1959) as Staff Nurse Dorothy Denton
Carry on Sergeant (1958) as Mary Sage
The Naked Truth (1957) as Melissa Right
Doctor at Large (1957) as Nan
Three Men in a Boat (1956) as Sophie Clutterbuck
Sailor Beware! (1956) as Shirley Hornett
Charley Moon (1956) as Angel Dream
The Belles of St Trinian's (1954) (uncredited) as Sixth Former
Doctor in the House (1954) as Milly Groaker


  1. As a real curiosity I'd have to add to that list of films THE GIRL HUNTERS where Mike Hammer (played by Mickey Spillane himself) quite literally does the dirty on her in the final scene. Beautiful woman.


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