biography

Beautiful actress Shirley Eaton was born in London, England, on January 12, 1936. Her acting career began during her teenage years on early television in the BBC comedy series Parent-Craft (1951; with Robert Morley). Her film career got going a few years later, mainly in comedies, in which she often portrayed a blond bombshell; unlike many of her American contemporaries, however, she didn't portray the stereotypical dumb blonde. Standing 5'10", the statuesque actress easily found roles befitting her talent and beauty. Some of her comedies include Sailor Beware! (1956), Carry On Nurse (1959; with Kenneth Connor), and Eight on the Lam (1967; with Bob Hope). Into the 1960s, however, she began moving away from comedies and starred in a number of thrillers and action adventure flicks, such as The Girl Hunters (1963; with Mickey Spillane), Ten Little Indians (1965; with Hugh O'Brian and Fabian), and The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1967; with George Nader and Frankie Avalon).

Shirley Eaton

Beautiful late 1960s portrait of Shirley Eaton

Although Eaton starred in many films, her most famous role came in the James Bond thriller Goldfinger (1964; with Sean Connery), in which she has just three scenes and perhaps five minutes of screen time. Nevertheless, she makes quite an impact in the film.

the films of shirley eaton

The Naked Truth (1957)

Shirley Eaton

From the British comedy The Naked Truth

In the Wake of a Stranger (1958)

Tony Wright and Shirley Eaton

With Tony Wright in the British thriller In the Wake of a Stranger

Dentist on the Job (1961)

Shirley Eaton and Kenneth Connor

From the British comedy Dentist on the Job with Kenneth Connor

Nearly a Nasty Accident (1961)

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From the comedy Nearly a Nasty Accident. LEFT and CENTER: Eaton as Corporal Jean Briggs. RIGHT: With Jimmy Edwards

The Girl Hunters (1963)

Shirley Eaton and Mickey Spillane

From the Mike Hammer thriller The Girl Hunters with star and writer Mickey Spillane

Goldfinger (1964)

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From the 007 thriller Goldfinger, my favorite James Bond film. LEFT: As Jill Masterson, Auric Goldfinger has murdered Eaton by covering her body in gold paint. RIGHT: Sexy still of Eaton

Rhino! (1964)

Robert Culp and Shirley Eaton and Mickey Spillane

From the MGM adventure Rhino! with Robert Culp

The Naked Brigade (1965)

Shirley Eaton, Ken Scott, John Holland, and Mary Chronopoulou

From The Naked Brigade, which was shot in Greece. Pictured are Shirley Eaton, Ken Scott, John Holland, and Mary Chronopoulou

Ten Little Indians (1965)

Shirley Eaton

From the Agatha Christie whodunnit Ten Little Indians. This photo of Shirley Eaton was used prominently in the posters, lobby cards, and other advertising for the flick

Around the World, Under the Sea (1966)

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From MGM's adventure flick Around the World, Under the Sea. RIGHT: With Lloyd Bridges and David McCallum. CENTER: With Brian Kelly, Marshall Thompson, and Lloyd Bridges. RIGHT: With Brian Kelly and Lloyd Bridges

Eight on the Lam (1967)

Bob Hope, Shirley Eaton, Jonathan Winters, Phyllis DillerBob Hope and Shirley Eaton

From the underrated MGM comedy Eight on the Lam. LEFT: Eaton marries Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller marries Jonathan Winters at the end of the film. RIGHT: With Bob Hope

The Scorpio Letters (1967)

Shirley Eaton and Alex Cord

With Alex Cord in the NBC made-for-TV thriller The Scorpio Letters. This film was given a theatrical release in Europe and Australia

The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1967)

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Shirley Eaton portrays the title character in AIP's The Million Eyes of Sumuru. Also pictured is George Nader

shirley eaton today

In the late 1960s, following the release of The Girl from Rio (1969; with George Sanders), Eaton walked away from acting after nearly 20 years as a working actress, giving up her career to raise her two children. Married in 1958, today the still-gorgeous Eaton is a widow and remains retired from the screen but is a frequent interview subject regarding her films. Eaton published an autobiography in 2000 titled Golden Girl, which is now out of print but is available used and a must-read for her fans.

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filmography

FILM
The Girl from Rio (1969) with George Sanders
The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968) with Christopher Lee
The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1967) with Frankie Avalon, George Nader, Klaus Kinski, and Patti Chandler
Eight on the Lam (1967) with Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters, and Jill St. John
The Scorpio Letters (1967) with Alex Cord
Around the World Under the Sea (1966) with Lloyd Bridges, Brian Kelly, David McCallum, Keenan Wynn, Marshall Thompson, and Gary Merrill
Ten Little Indians (1965) with Hugh O'Brian, Fabian, and Daliah Lavi
The Naked Brigade (1965) with Ken Scott
Goldfinger (1964) with Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Frobe, Bernard Lee, and Lois Maxwell
Rhino! (1964) with Robert Culp
The Girl Hunters (1963) with Mickey Spillane and Lloyd Nolan
Our Man in the Caribbean (1962) with Carlos Thompson and Diana Rigg
What a Carve Up! (1962) with Donald Pleasence
A Weekend with Lulu (1962)
Dentist on the Job (1961)
Nearly a Nasty Accident (1961) with Jimmy Edwards
Carry On, Constable (1960) with Sid James
Carry On Nurse (1959) with Kenneth Connor
Carry On Sergeant (1958)
Further Up the Creek (1958)
In the Wake of a Stranger (1958) with Tony Wright
Life Is a Circus (1958)
Date with Disaster (1957)
The Naked Truth (1957) with Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers
Doctor at Large (1957) with Dirk Bogarde and Lionel Jeffries
Charley Moon (1956)
Sailor Beware! (1956)
Three Men in a Boat (1956) with Laurence Harvey
The Love Match (1955)
Doctor in the House (1954) with Dirk Bogarde and Kay Kendall

TELEVISION SERIES
Great Scott, It's Maynard, 1955-1956 BBC TV Series
Parent-Craft, 1951 BBC TV series. Eaton portrayed Anne Pebble
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