Honor Blackman (22 August 1925 – 5 April 2020) was an English actress, widely known for the roles of Cathy Gale in The Avengers (1962–1964), Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), Julia Daggett in Shalako (1968) and Hera in Jason and the Argonauts (1963).
Comparing this sultry-eyed blonde to Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich may seem a bit overzealous, but Honor Blackman's stylish allure cannot be denied. One of four children, Blackman was born in London's East End, to Edith Eliza (Stokes), a homemaker, and Frederick Thomas Blackman, a statistician employed with the civil service.
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Apr 06, 2020 · Actress Honor Blackman, best known as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, has died at age 94. In a statement to U.K. newspaper the Guardian, the British star’s family said: “It’s with great sadness that we...
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Apr 06, 2020 · Honor Blackman, Star of 'The Avengers' and 'Goldfinger,' Dies at 94 Honor Blackman, the beguiling British actress who portrayed the leather-clad Cathy Gale on TV's The Avengers and then Bond girl...
Honor Blackman was born in Plaistow, London in 1925. Enrolling in elocution lessons aged 16, she was encouraged to try out for the Guildhall School Of Music And Drama which she subsequently attended part-time while working as an office clerk in the Home Office. Upon graduation, she won the role of the understudy in The Guinea Pig in the West End.
Apr 06, 2020 · Honor Blackman, the actress best known for her role as Pussy Galore in the James Bond film “Goldfinger,” has died. She was 94. Blackman’s family says she died of natural causes unrelated to the...
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Apr 06, 2020 · Honor Blackman, the actor best known for playing the Bond girl Pussy Galore, has died aged 94. Blackman, who became a household name in the 1960s as Cathy Gale in The Avengers and had a career...
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One of four children, Blackman was born in London's East End to a statistician father employed with the civil service and a homemaker mother. She received diction lessons as a teenager and later attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She temporarily followed in her father's footsteps with a job in the civil service, and then was, of all things, a dispatch rider during World War II. This is where she developed some of her trademark athleticism.
Blackman received her first acting work on stage in London's West End as an understudy for \\"The Guinea Pig\\". She continued with roles in \\"The Gleam\\" (1946) and \\"The Blind Goddess\\" (1947), before moving into film. She debuted with Fame Is the Spur (1947), starring Michael Redgrave. In that picture, Blackman dies from a horse-riding accident. This film established the strange pattern wherein many of her movie characters meet untimely deaths. Signed up with the Rank Organisation, Blackman joined several other starlet hopefuls who were being groomed for greater fame. She was initially cast as demure, pleasant young things or \\"English Rose\\" types and received dependable but unmemorable costar billing in films such as Daughter of Darkness (1948) (1948), Quartet (1948), A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949) (1949), So Long at the Fair (1950) (1950) and Green Grow the Rushes (1951) (1951), the last starring a young Richard Burton. Hollywood also took brief notice when she was cast as the second lead femme in MGM's Conspirator (1949) (1949), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Taylor.
The stress and struggles of advancing her career coupled with a divorce from her first husband, Bill Sankey, caused Blackman to suffer a nervous collapse in the mid-1950s. After a brief time recovering in a hospital, she regained her health and began rebuilding her career with rather obligatory B-level fare, at first. That reentry culminated with a costarring role in one of the more famous retellings of the tragic \\"Titanic\\" tale, A Night to Remember (1958) (1958), costarring Kenneth More and David McCallum. Developing a solid footing again, she filmed The Square Peg (1958) (1959) with comedian Norman Wisdom and A Matter of WHO (1961) (1961) with Terry-Thomas. TV series work then also came her way, notably with the highly popular The Avengers (1961), costarring Patrick Macnee as John Steed. As the leather-clad \\"Mrs. Cathy Gale\\", Blackman showcased her incredible beauty, self-confidence, and athletic derring-do. Her admirable qualities made her not only a catch for the men, but also an inspirational figure for the 1960s feminist movement. Blackman left the show at its peak, however, and was replaced by the equally assertive and popular Diana Rigg as \\"Mrs. Emma Peel\\".
Not out of work long, Blackman took on the role of Greek goddess \\"Hera\\" in popular movie adventure Jason and the Argonauts (1963) (1963) with marvelous Ray Harryhausen and melodrama Life at the Top (1965) (1965) with Laurence Harvey. She then filmed the most popular role of her career: \\"Pussy Galore\\". In the classic \\"James Bond\\" movie Goldfinger (1964) (1964), Blackman went toe to toe with Sean Connery's womanizing \\"007\\" and created major sparks on screen, managing to outclass the (wink-wink) double meaning of her character's name.
That resurgence of popularity should have led to better film opportunities but did not. Blackman toiled for the most part in low-level melodramas and routine adventures. She earned raves on stage, however, as the blind heroine of the thriller \\"Wait Until Dark\\" as well as for her dual roles in \\"Mr. and Mrs.\\", a production based on two of Noël Coward's plays. She also enjoyed working occasionally with her second husband, actor Maurice Kaufmann, in the play \\"Move Over, Mrs. Markham\\" and the film thriller Fright (1971) with Susan George. On stage, she became a throaty-voiced sensation in various musicals, such as \\"A Little Night Music\\", \\"The Sound of Music\\", \\"On Your Toes\\", and \\"Nunsense\\". Divorced from Kaufmann in 1975 (he died in 1997), Blackman never remarried. The couple adopted two children in the late 1960s, Lottie and Barnaby. Now an octogenarian, the ever-lovely and still glamorous star performs frequently, more recently working in the long-running English hit comedy series The Upper Hand (1990) and in her one-woman stage show, \\"Wayward Ladies\\".
Honor Blackman is a veteran British stage, TV, and film actor, best recognized for her accomplishment as ‘Cathy Gale’ in ‘ITV’s revolutionary series ‘The Avengers.’ She was a daredevil in the truest sense. Tough, headstrong, and adventurous, Blackman became the epitome of female heroism on screen.