London-born Shirley Eaton became a well known face in a number of British comedy films during the 1950s.
However, it is as Jill Masterson in Goldfinger (1964) that Shirley Eaton is most well known. It is really only a small part, but the scene where she dies covered from head to toe in gold paint, has become one of the great iconic film images.
Her final screen appearance was in The Seven Secrets Of Sumuru (1969) where, as Sumuru, she leads an army of women 'warriors', out to replace men and take over the world! When the film was finished, she gave up acting to devote all her time to her family.
She was at Kempton Park a few weeks later, and it was there that she signed my 'Carry On' poster.
Shirley Eaton has three 'Carry On' films to her name, including the very first one in the series Carry On Sergeant (1958) in which she played Mary Sage. The other two were Carry On Nurse (1959) and Carry On Constable (1960).
Her first professional film appearance was in Doctor In The House (1954) with Dirk Bogarde, and then followed roles in other comedies including Doctor At Large (1957) and The Naked Truth (1957).
The first time that I met Shirley was at Autographica in 2004. I met her again at Pinewood in July 2006, for the Bond Girls day where she put her arms round me for this interesting pose!
in The Naked Truth
Shirley Eaton with TerryThomas
Shirley Eaton as Nurse Dorothy Denton
in Carry On Nurse
Shirley Eaton as Sally Barry with Leslie Phillips
in Carry On Constable
Jill Masterson killed by Oddjob in Goldfinger
The Golden Girl!
Shirley Eaton signed this photograph
for me in my Bond Girls book
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