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Biography

Shirley Eaton Biography

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Shirley Eaton's facts

Date of Birth 1937-01-12
Nationality British
Profession Actress
Marital Status Married
Married on 1957
Children Grant and Jason
Name on Birth Shirley Eaton
Height 5'7'' (1.7 m)
Place of Birth Edgeware, Middlesex, England, UK

Shirley Eaton an English actress by her profession. During her career as an actress, she was considered as a sex symbol. To date, Shirley has appeared regularly in British films throughout ther 1950s and 1960s. She has been successful in achieving notability for her performance as Bond Girl Jill Masterson in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger. Eaton retired from acting in 1969 preferring to devote herself to her family.

Eaton was born o January 12, 1937 in Edgware General Hospital, Middlesex and it is stated that she was brought up in the suburb of Kingsbury. For her education, she attended Roe Green Primary School on Princes Avenue. She lived close to both Kingsbury Country Grammar School and Tylers Croft Secondary Modern School. She has wont the 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.

Shirley Jean Eaton began on stage as a youth, making her debut at age 12 in "Set to Partners" (1949) and following it up the following year with Benjamin Britten's "Let's Make an Opera". Her first on-camera work was on TV in 1951, but it didn't take long before the pretty teen began to provide fleeting, decorative interest on film. Under contract to Alexander Korda in her early career, she found an encouraging break with minor parts in such comedies as Doctor in the House (1954) and The Love Match (1955). She quickly rose to co-star status in the droll features, Panic in the Parlor (1956), Three Men in a Boat (1956), Your Past Is Showing (1957) and Doctor at Large (1957), while appearing opposite such top stars as Peter Sellers and Dirk Bogarde, among others.

Her status hit international status after she played Jill Masterson, one of a bevy of beauties linked to titular archvillain Gert Fröbe in the film, Goldfinger (1964). After that , like many of the Bondian girls before and since, her character dearly paid for her furtive romantic clinches with Sean Connery's magnetic "James Bond". Shirley's memorable 24-karat gold death scene (she was found by Bond, painted head to toe in gold paint, and had "died of skin suffocation"), became the eye-catching draw for the movie. The image was splattered everywhere -- on movie posters, in press junkets and in publicity campaigns. Despite the formidable attention the movie received in the form of Honor Blackman's high-kicking "Pussy Galore" character and Shirley Bassey's famous rendition of the title song playing the airwaves, it was Eaton's gilded visuals that became THE iconic image of not only the movie but the whole "007" phenomena.

She has been famous for her dedication in acting career, which fact can be justified by her numerous wins to date. After her success in international basis, she won a number of female leads in melodrama, crime yarns, war stories and rugged adventures. Adding to the mesmerizing Ivan Tors scenery in such movies as Rhino! (1964) and the underwater epic, Around the World Under the Sea (1966), she appeared opposite some of Hollywood best-looking and talented leading men, including Harry Guardino and Robert Culp of the afore-mentioned Rhino! (1964), and Hugh O'Brian in the classic whodunnit, Agatha Christie's 'Ten Little Indians' (1965). During this highly productive time, her co-stars ranged from comedy legend Bob Hope in Eight on the Lam (1967) to horror icon Christopher Lee in The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968). Shirley's film career ended with her participation as "Sumuru", the ambitious leader of an all-woman's society called "Femina", in both The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967) and Rio 70 (1969).

She announced her retirement in 1957. She was wanted to dedicate herself to her family and wanted to live a normal life. she had married Colin Rowe who died in 1957. She has two sons at present, Grant and jason. She is also a proud grandmother of five children.