FRUITS OF THE MOOD

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Shirley Eaton


Here are three lounge songs, chosen to illustrate the beauty of cult English actress Shirley Eaton.
Shirley Eaton (born in 1937) appeared regularly in British films throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and achieved notability for her performance as Bond Girl Jill Masterson in the 1964 James Bond film "Goldfinger". Preferring to devote herself to raising a family, Eaton retired from acting in 1969. She said: "The most important thing for me was being a woman and having a family more than being a very famous glamorous actress."
Eaton was born in London. Throughout her career, she appeared with many of the top British male comedy stars from the period including Jimmy Edwards, Max Bygraves, Bob Monkhouse and Arthur Askey. She often portrayed a blond bombshell. But 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. Her early roles include "Three Men In A Boat" (1956) and "Date with Disaster" (1957). She also worked with The Crazy Gang in "Life Is a Circus" (1958) and with Mickey Spillane in "The Girl Hunters" (1963) in which Spillane played his own literary creation Mike Hammer. She played also in "Around the World, Under the Sea" (1966) and "Eight on the Lam" (1967), with Bob Hope. She starred in a version of "Ten Little Indians" (1965), with Fabian and Daliah Lavi, and appeared in several early "Carry On" films. She rarely appeared on television; an exception was her work in three episodes of "The Saint", starring Roger Moore. Although not known as a singer, Eaton participated in the British heat of the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest. Eaton achieved most recognition for her performance in "Goldfinger", gaining more recognition than actress Honor Blackman who played leading Bond Girl Pussy Galore, although she has just three scenes and perhaps five minutes of screen time. She appeared on the cover of Life Magazine in her gold-painted persona. Her character's death, being painted head to toe in gold paint and suffering "skin suffocation" led to an urban myth that Eaton had died during filming. She appeared in a 2003 episode of the series MythBusters to dispel the rumour. After Goldfinger, Eaton made only a few more films, including "The Million Eyes of Su-Muru" (1969), with Frankie Avalon, and "The Girl from Rio" (1969), with George Sanders, before her retirement, after nearly 20 years as a working actress. Eaton published an autobiography in 2000 titled "Golden Girl". 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.
Enjoy Shirley Eaton's glamour!

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