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).

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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.

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The Naked Truth (1957) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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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) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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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) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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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Doctor In The House [DVD](1954) DVD
The original British comedy that spawned a slew of sequels and a popular TV series stars Dirk Bogarde as medical student Simon Sparrow, who must overcome the womanizing and carousing of his three comrades if any of them hope to graduate. Following young Sparrow's adventures will give you an incurable case of the giggles! With Kenneth More, Kay Kendall. 92 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; photo gallery.
The Complete Doctor Collection [DVD] DVD
Seven-disc set includes "Doctor in the House," "Doctor at Sea," "Doctor at Large," "Doctor in Love," "Doctor in Distress," "Doctor in Clover," and "Doctor in Trouble."
Three Men In A Boat [DVD](1956) DVD
Fun-filled romantic comedy from England about a man who joins two friends on a boating trip along the Thames after he's been put under the gun to get married. The trio expects to do some male bonding and get some rest, but women soon complicate their trip. Laurence Harvey, Jimmy Edwards, David Tomlinson, and Jill Ireland star. 85 min. Soundtrack: English.
Doctor At Large [DVD](1957) DVD
No sooner does Dr. Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) graduate and seek gainful employment than he finds complications at work with his hospital superiors. After the eager young surgeon gets into hot water with an important colleague, he's got to heal his reputation despite his popularity among the ladies on staff. Charming comedy co-stars Shirley Eaton, James Robertson Justice. 98 min. Standard and Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; photo gallery.
The Naked Truth [DVD](1957) DVD
A British scandal magazine is about to publish lurid stories about some prominent citizens, but when the editor blackmails them, they try to bump him off instead. Delightfully droll comedy stars Peter Sellers, Terry-Thomas, Dennis Price, Shirley Eaton. AKA: "Your Past Is Showing." 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.
Carry On Sergeant [DVD](1958) DVD
The long-running "Carry On" series got its start with this deft service comedy, which chronicles the misadventures of Sergeant Grimshawe (William Hartnell) and his hapless platoon of soldiers. Bumbling their way through basic training, these guffaw-producing grunts still dream of achieving their fair share of military glory! Shirley Eaton, Kenneth Williams, and Eric Barker co-star. 81 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; theatrical trailer.
Further Up The Creek [DVD](1958) DVD
This sequel to "Up the Creek" was Peter Sellers-less, but much of the cast did return for this comic romp about the Royal Navy. As obsolete ships are sold off to the Arabs, the crew of the U.S.S. Aristotle makes a bid for some quick cash by passing off their vessel as a luxury liner and selling tourist seats aboard their voyage through the Mediterranean! Frankie Howerd, David Tomlinson, and Shirley Eaton star. 91 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Carry On Nurse [DVD](1959) DVD
From England's madcap "Carry On" comedy film series comes this tale of hospital hijinks. The workers take on the administration, the interns take on the doctors, and the men's ward takes on the nurses. What results is a prescription for big laughs! Kenneth Connor, Shirley Eaton, Charles Hawtrey star. 84 min. Soundtrack: English; theatrical trailers.
What A Carve Up! [DVD](1961) DVD
The clan of a deceased eccentric gather at his spooky mansion to hear the will and are confronted by every horror cliche known to man. One of the funniest British genre spoofs, this loose remake of 1932's "The Ghoul" stars Kenneth Connor, Donald Pleasence, Shirley Eaton and pop star Adam Faith. AKA: "No Place Like Homicide." 88 min. Soundtrack: English.
Goldfinger [DVD](1964) DVD
The quintessential Bond film has it all...Sean Connery, Odd Job and his deadly hat, the beautiful Pussy Galore, the Aston Martin stunt car, John Barry's score and Goldfinger...the man with the plan to irradiate Fort Knox and corner the world's gold market. With Gert Frobe, Honor Blackman, Harold Sakata. 110 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French.
Goldfinger [Blu-ray](1964)
The quintessential Bond film has it all...Sean Connery, Odd Job and his deadly hat, the beautiful Pussy Galore, the Aston Martin stunt car, John Barry's score and Goldfinger...the man with the plan to irradiate Fort Knox and corner the world's gold market. With Gert Frobe, Honor Blackman, Harold Sakata. 110 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin; audio commentary; featurettes; interviews; "making of" documentary; radio interview; screen tests; TV spots; theatrical trailers.
Ten Little Indians [DVD](1965) DVD
A dinner party in a remote Alpine retreat becomes a search for a murderer when, one by one, the guests of the unseen host are killed. Hugh O'Brian, Shirley Eaton, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Dennis Price, and Fabian star in this variation of the Agatha Christie thriller. 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Around The World Under The Sea (Remastered Edition) [DVD](1966) DVD
The production crew behind TV's "Sea Hunt" and "Flipper" took the big-screen plunge with this exciting sci-fi adventure, as a squad of scientists braves the planet's depths and its dangers on a mission to plant a sophisticated earthquake detection system across the world's oceans. Lloyd Bridges, David McCallum, Shirley Eaton, Keenan Wynn, Marshall Thompson star. 117 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; featurette.
Eight On The Lam [DVD](1967) DVD
Bob Hope is a widowed bank teller with seven children who can't believe his good fortune when he finds a ton of money in the bank parking lot. However, his luck quickly changes when he's accused of embezzlement. Hope must then go on the lam with the entire family to find the real culprit while being pursued by bumbling cop Jonathan Winters. Phyllis Diller, Jill St. John, and Shirley Eaton co-star in this hysterical farce. 106 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Blood Of Fu Manchu (Kiss And Kill) [DVD](1968) DVD
The evil Fu Manchu plans to murder several world leaders by seducing them first with slave girls. Scotland Yard is called on to stop his diabolical scheme, but can they get to Fu in time? Christopher Lee, Richard Greene star. AKA: "Against All Odds." 94 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; interviews; theatrical trailers; poster gallery; photo gallery; biographies.
The Christopher Lee Collection [DVD] DVD
Four-disc boxed set includes "Circus of Fear," "The Blood of Fu Manchu," "The Castle of Fu Manchu," and "The Bloody Judge."
The Girl From Rio (Future Women) (Widescreen Version) [DVD](1969) DVD
Bond beauty Shirley Eaton ("Goldfinger") is Sumitra, sultry leader of the all-girl country of Femina, who plans to turn the world's men into slaves with the help of her warrior women. Twisted '60s slice of action, science fiction and softcore fun from director Jess Franco also stars Maria Rohm, Richard Wyler and George Sanders. AKA: "Rio 70," "The Seven Secrets of Sumuru." 94 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; interview; photo gallery; biography.

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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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