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Shirley Eaton
English actress

Shirley Eaton

Shirley Eaton
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Intro English actress
Is Actor
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 12 January 1937, London, Greater London, London, England
Age 86 years
Height: 1.7018 m
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Shirley Eaton (born 12 January 1937) is an English actress. She was a sex symbol in the 1960s.

Eaton appeared regularly in British films throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and achieved notability for her performance as Bond Girl Jill Masterson in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger. Eaton also had notable roles in the early Carry On films. Preferring to devote herself to bringing up a family, Eaton retired from acting in 1969.

Life and career

Early life

Eaton was born on 12 January 1937 in Edgware General Hospital, Middlesex, and brought up in the suburb of Kingsbury. She attended Roe Green Primary School on Princes Avenue, and although living close to both Kingsbury County Grammar School and Tylers Croft Secondary Modern School, won a place at the Aida Foster Theatre School, a specialist drama school, and remained there until she was sixteen. Her stage debut was in Benjamin Britten's Let's Make an Opera! and her West End debut was in 1954 in Going to Town.

All through the 1950s she was a singing star both on the stage and on television, appearing with her own act in variety shows all over the country and starring at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London in her own solo singing act, as well as appearing in many films. 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. She made three episodes of The Saint, starring Roger Moore. Eaton participated in the British heat of the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest.

Eaton achieved most recognition for her performance as Jill Masterson in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, gaining more recognition than actress Honor Blackman, who played famed Bond Girl Pussy Galore. She appeared on the cover of Life Magazine in her gold-painted persona. Her character's death, being painted head to toe in gold paint and suffering "skin suffocation" led to an urban myth that Eaton had died during filming. She appeared in a 2003 episode of the series MythBusters to dispel the rumour. Her voice was dubbed by Nikki van der Zyl.

After Goldfinger, Eaton made only a few more films, including the 1965 version of the Agatha Christie mystery Ten Little Indians co-starring Hugh O'Brian and in a 1967 Bob Hope comedy, Eight on the Lam, plus the spy story The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1967), before her retirement. In a 2014 interview, she explained: "After I finished The Million Eyes of Sumuru and The Girl from Rio and was coming home in the plane was when I made the decision to quit. I hated being away from my baby Jason and his brother Grant. However, I did enjoy being the wicked lady Sumuru in two rather bad films, which I had not had the chance to be before. I do believe they have become cult films now."

Personal life

Eaton was married to Colin Lenton Rowe from 1957 until his death in 1994. The couple had two children, Grant and Jason. Eaton retired from acting to bring up her family and later commented in a 1999 interview with Steve Swires of Starlog magazine, "A career is a career, but you're a mother until you die". She repeated this statement in an interview with the journalist James Davies on 18 June 2008, adding, "The most important thing for me was being a woman and having a family more than being a very famous glamorous actress".

Eaton published an autobiography in 1999 titled Golden Girl. Her two newer books (Golden Girl Shirley Eaton Her Reflections) a picture book of all her film photos throughout her career and the second book, (Shirley Eaton Bonds Golden Girl; her own ART Gallery) is full of her painting and sculptures over a lifetime and more recently her art and photography. She also has an official website.


Film Year Role
Parent-Craft 1951 Anne Pebble (TV series)
A Day to Remember 1953 Young Woman on Ferry (uncredited)
You Know What Sailors Are 1954 Palace Girl (uncredited)
Doctor in the House 1954 Milly Groaker
The Belles of St Trinian's 1954 Sixth Former (uncredited)
And So to Bentley 1954 1 episode
The Love Match 1955 Rose Brown
Charley Moon 1956 Angel Dream
Sailor Beware! 1956 Shirley Hornett
Three Men in a Boat 1956 Sophie Clutterbuck
Doctor at Large 1957 Nan
Date with Disaster 1957 Sue
The Naked Truth 1957 Melissa Right
Carry On Sergeant 1958 Mary Sage
Further Up the Creek 1958 Jane
Carry On Nurse 1959 Staff Nurse Dorothy Denton
In the Wake of a Stranger 1959 Joyce Edwards
Life Is a Circus 1960 Shirley Winter
Carry On Constable 1960 Sally Barry
Nearly a Nasty Accident 1961 Cpl. Jean Briggs
Dentist on the Job 1961 Jill Venner
A Weekend with Lulu 1961 Deirdre Proudfoot
What a Carve Up! 1961 Linda Dickson
The Saint 1962-1968 Adrienne Halberd/Gloria Uckrose/Reb Denning (3 episodes)
Our Man in the Caribbean 1962 Lee
Man of the World 1962 Lee (1 episode)
The Girl Hunters 1963 Laura Knapp
Rhino! 1964 Miss Arleigh
Goldfinger 1964 Jill Masterson
The Naked Brigade 1965 Diana Forsythe
Ten Little Indians 1965 Ann Clyde
Around the World Under the Sea 1966 Dr. Margaret E. 'Maggie' Hanford
Eight on the Lam 1967 Ellie Barton
The Million Eyes of Sumuru 1967 Sumuru
The Blood of Fu Manchu 1968 Black Widow
The Seven Secrets of Sumuru/The Girl from Rio 1969 Sumuru/Sumitra
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