January 12, 1937

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Nostalgia Editor

Born in Edgware, Middlesex, on January 12, 1937, Shirley Jean Eaton began on stage as a youth, making her debut at age 12 in "Set to Partners" (1949) and after a string of other hit roles, achieved international status when she played Jill Masterson in the James Bond film, Goldfinger (1964). At the time of the film's release, she lived in Oxhey.

And 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.

For rare pictures of Ms Eaton handing out road safety certificates at Bushey council offices not long after Goldfinger appeared at the cinemas, click HERE

 

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