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Honor Blackman (born 22 August 1925) is an English actress, who is perhaps best known for the roles of Cathy Gale in The Avengers (1962-64) and as Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964). Blackman was born in Plaistow, Newham, London. Her father was a statistician. Blackman was educated at Ealing Girls` School in Ealing, West London and trained as an actress at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, after persuading her father that an appropriate birthday gift would be acting lessons. Whilst training at the Guildhall, Honor worked as a clerical assistant at the Home Office.
Blackman`s films include Quartet (1948) and So Long at the Fair (1950) with Dirk Bogarde, the 1958 story of the Titanic`s sinking A Night to Remember (1958); Life at the Top (1965) with Laurence Harvey, The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970), and the Western films Shalako (1968) with Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot and Something Big (1971) with Dean Martin. She played the role of Hera in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). She also did an overdub for an actress in the same film providing the voice for the character of Medea. More recently, the actress has had small roles in the films Bridget Jones Diary (2001) and Jack Brown and the Curse of the Crown (also 2001). Bond film supremo Albert R. Broccoli admitted that Blackman had been cast on the back of her success in The Avengers, despite the fact that the American audience had never even seen the programme. Broccoli said, "The Brits would love her because they knew her as Mrs. Gale, the Yanks would like her because she was so good, it was a perfect combination". Blackman was the first and one of two "Bond girls" older than the actor playing James Bond, and at 39 she was the oldest actress ever to play a Bond girl.
She married twice: Bill Sankey (1946'“1956) and the British actor Maurice Kaufmann (1963'“1975), with whom she appeared in the slasher film Fright (1971). They adopted two children, Barnaby and Lottie. She enjoys watching football.
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Honor Blackman (born 22 August 1925) is an English actress, widely known for the roles of Cathy Gale in The Avengers (1962–64), Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), Julia Daggett in Shalako (1968) and Hera in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). She is also notable for her role as Laura West in the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand (1990–1996).
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