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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 12, 1927 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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Lovely, seductive, and absolutely able to take care of herself in a jam, Honor Blackman helped to establish the tough girl persona that would be adopted and honed in later decades by successors like Milla Jovovich and Kate Beckinsale. The London native moved from stage to screen for roles in features like "Quartet" (1948) and "A Night to Remember" (1958), but would first find genuine fame on television with the droll adventure series "The Avengers" (ITV, 1961-69). As leather-clad tough girl Cathy Gale, Blackman wowed viewers with her femininity and physicality, and that appealing combination led her to be cast in the classic James Bond film "Goldfinger" (1964) as the memorably monikered Pussy Galore. Although many of the female leads in 007 adventures fell victim to the so-called "Bond Girl Curse," Blackman's career moved along in the wake of "Goldfinger," though the majority of her subsequent films proved to be minor and/or forgettable. She instead found satisfaction working on the stage in productions like "Wait Until Dark" and made periodic appearances on both American and British television. Although Blackman never became a top-tier star, she essayed two iconic characters and proved to be a...

Lovely, seductive, and absolutely able to take care of herself in a jam, Honor Blackman helped to establish the tough girl persona that would be adopted and honed in later decades by successors like Milla Jovovich and Kate Beckinsale. The London native moved from stage to screen for roles in features like "Quartet" (1948) and "A Night to Remember" (1958), but would first find genuine fame on television with the droll adventure series "The Avengers" (ITV, 1961-69). As leather-clad tough girl Cathy Gale, Blackman wowed viewers with her femininity and physicality, and that appealing combination led her to be cast in the classic James Bond film "Goldfinger" (1964) as the memorably monikered Pussy Galore. Although many of the female leads in 007 adventures fell victim to the so-called "Bond Girl Curse," Blackman's career moved along in the wake of "Goldfinger," though the majority of her subsequent films proved to be minor and/or forgettable. She instead found satisfaction working on the stage in productions like "Wait Until Dark" and made periodic appearances on both American and British television. Although Blackman never became a top-tier star, she essayed two iconic characters and proved to be a dependable and desirable performer, expanding her already impressive résumé with assignments right up through her mid-eighties.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 I, Anna (2013)
3.
 Color Me Kubrick (2006)
4.
 Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) Penny Husbands-Bosworth
6.
 To Walk With Lions (1999) Joy Adamson
7.
 Secret Garden, The (1994) Voice Of Mrs Medlock
8.
 Cat and the Canary, The (1979) Susan Sillsby
9.
 Age of Innocence (1977) Mrs Boswell
10.
 To the Devil, a Daughter (1976) Anna Fountain
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Raised in Chiswick, west London
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Taught to box by father at age five
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Was working as an understudy in the West End when picked by Rank for grooming as a starlet in late 1940s
1946:
Stage debut, "The Gleam"
1947:
Film debut in "Fame is the Spur"
1954:
TV debut as series regular on "The Vise" (ABC)
1958:
Appeared in early Titanic film, "A Night to Remember"
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Starred on British TV in "The Avengers", exited after 52 episodes, before the series arrived on American screens; played Catherine Gale
1963:
Played Hera in Don Chaffey's "Jason and the Argonauts"
1964:
Delivered memorable turn as villainous martial arts expert Pussy Galore in "Goldfinger", starring Sean Connery as James Bond
1965:
Acted "Life at the Top", a sequel to "Room at the Top"
1968:
Reteamed with Chaffey for "A Twist of Sand"
1968:
Worked again with Connery in "Shalako"
1971:
Kidnapped by Dean Martin in Andrew McLaglen's questionable comedy-western, "Something Big"
1975:
Portrayed Margaret Stevenson in "The Rebel" (CBS), the third presenatation of a four-part series on Benjamin Franklin
1979:
Last feature to date, "The Cat and the Canary"
1984:
Played Ursula Schumann in NBC miniseries, "The First Olympics: Athens 1896"
1984:
Appeared in ABC miniseries "Lace"
1987:
Acted in "The Secret Adversary", a two-part adapatation of the Agatha Christie story airing on "Mystery!" (PBS)
1990:
Portrayed Doris Asterman in two-part syndicated "Voice of the Heart"
1990:
Began as Laura on "The Upper Hand", an anglicized version of American TV's "Who's the Boss"; Blackman gave a lusty performance as a character with a passion for anything wearing pants
1994:
Provided the voice of Mrs. Medlock for ABC's animated musical version of "The Secret Garden"
1995:
Interviewed for Fox's "The World of James Bond"
1999:
Portrayed Joy Adamson in the feature "To Walk With Lions"
2001:
Played supporting role of Penny, a family friend, in "Bridget Jones's Diary"
2007:
Co-starred in "Colour Me Kubrick," the true story of a man who posed as director Stanley Kubrick
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Education

Guildhall School of Music and Drama: London , England -

Notes

"Actually I hate to be referred to as a 'Bond girl'. What does that mean? I wasn't a bimbo. It was a very good character. She didn't fall flat on her back when she clapped eyes on him ... she turned out to be quite a moral person." --Honor Blackman quoted in London's The Sunday Times, July 30, 2000.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Bill Sankey. Married in 1946; divorced in 1956.
husband:
Maurice Kaufmann. Actor. Married in 1963; divorced in 1975.

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daughter:
Lottie Kaufmann.
son:
Barnaby Kaufmann.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Honor Blackman's Book of Self-Defence"

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