This biography of Honor Blackman provides detailed information about her childhood, life, achievements, works, timeline, James Bond, Age, Height, Wife, Parents, Facts and Net Worth.
|Date of Birth||22 August 1925|
|Died||5 April 2020 (aged 94)
Lewes, Sussex, England
(m. 1948; div. 1956)
(m. 1961; div. 1975)
Who is Honor Blackman?
Honor Blackman was born August 22, 1925 to 5th April 2020. She was an English actress, widely known for playing the role of Cathy Gale’s in The Avengers (1962–1964), the daughter of Pussy Galore’s Bond in Goldfinger (1964), Julia Daggett in Shalako (1968) and Hera in Jason and the Argonauts (1963).
She is also known for her role as Laura West in the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand (1990–1996).
Honor Blackman Early Life and Education
Blackman was born in Plaistow. Her father, Frederick Blackman, was a civil service statistician. She attended North Ealing Primary School and Ealing County Girls Grammar School.
For her 15th birthday, her parents gave her acting lessons and began her training at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1940. While attending Guildhall School, Blackman worked as a clerical assistant for the Home Office.
Following graduation, she was an understudy in the West End drama The Guinea Pig. In 1947 he appeared in Patrick Hastings’ play The Blind Goddess at the Apollo Theater.
Honor Blackman Movie Career
The appearance of Blackman’s film was a landmark in Fame Is the Spur (1947). Her other films include Quartet (1948), based on short stories by W. Somerset Maugham; So Long at the Fair (1950), where he appeared with Dirk Bogarde; A Night to Remember (1958), the story of the Titanic disaster; the comedy The Square Peg (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.
Albert R. Broccoli said that Blackman was cast opposite Sean Connery in the James Bond films based on her success in the British television series The Avengers.
He knew that most American audiences would not have seen the program. 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”.
During the 1960s, Blackman practiced judo in the Budokwai dojo. This helped her prepare for her roles as Cathy Gale in The Avengers and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.
1964, At 38, she was one of the oldest actresses to play Bond’s daughter, five years older than Sean Connery.
In 1968, Blackman appeared opposite John Neville and Hylda Baker in the musical Mr & Mrs, based on Noël Coward’s plays. In the late 1970s, he toured Australia and New Zealand with Michael Craig and Colleen Clifford in the comedy comedy Move Over, Mrs Markham.
In February 1979, he starred in Stephen Barry’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Night and Day at the Perth Playhouse, coinciding with Stoppard’s presence as a participant in the Perth Festival.
Blackman began acting on television in the recurring role of “Nicole”, Dan Dailey’s secretary / character assistant from Tim Collier in the television series The Four Just Men (1959).
In an episode of The Saint entitled “The Arrow of God” (1962), Blackman played an adulterous personal secretary named Pauline Stone, who became one of several suspects in the murder of a contemptible gossip columnist.
Blackman’s recording with The Avengers co-star Patrick Macnee of “Kinky Boots” (1964), referring to the shoes she wore at the show, was a big surprise.
In 1990 it resurfaced on the chart, peaking at No. 5 after being unnecessarily played by BBC Radio 1 breakfast show presenter Simon Mayo. After her appearance at Goldfinger, she recorded an album full of songs called Everything appearing.
In 1968, Blackman released I’ll Always Be Loving You, which featured in the musical Mr & Mrs. In 1983 he sang as Juno in a special television production of Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld.
On July 6, 2009, Blackman released a new single, “The Star Who Fell from Grace”, composed by Jeff Chegwin and Adrian Munsey. He also competed in the James Bond Prom, part of the “Welsh Proms” concert series in 2009.
Honor Blackman Personal life
Blackman was twice married. She was married to Bill Sankey between 1948 and 1956.
After their divorce, She married the British actor Maurice Kaufmann (1961-75). They appeared together in the slasher film Fright (1971) and some stage productions. They adopted two children, Lottie (1967) and Barnaby (1968)
After her divorce from Kaufmann, she never remarried and stated that she preferred to be single. She enjoyed watching football.
Blackman owned a summer house in Islesboro, Maine, United States.
Honor Blackman Net Worth
According to informations on the internet, Honor Blackman has an estimated sum of $14million
Honor Blackman Death
Blackman died at her home in Lewes on 5 April 2020, at the age of 94, from natural causes.
The statement issued by the Blackman family said: “As well as being a loving mother and grandmother, Honor was an actor with immense creative talent.
“With an extraordinary combination of beauty, brain and physical ability, combined with her unique voice and dedicated work ethic, she achieved iconic status in film and entertainment.
“With a total commitment to his craft and complete professionalism in all his endeavors, she contributed to some of the great films and theater productions of our time.
“We ask you to respect our family’s privacy at this difficult time.”
Some of her movies
Honor Blackman appeared in the following films:
- Fame Is the Spur (1947) – Emma (uncredited film debut)
- Quartet (1948) – Paula
- Daughter of Darkness (1948) – Julie Tallent
- Diamond City (1949) – Mary Hart
- A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949) – Susie Bates
- Conspirator (1949) – Joyce
- So Long at the Fair (1950) – Rhoda O’Donovan
- Green Grow the Rushes (1951) – Meg Cuffley
- Come Die My Love (1952) – Eva
- The Delavine Affair (1954) – Maxine Banner
- The Rainbow Jacket (1954) – Mrs. Tyler
- Diplomatic Passport (1954) – Marcelle
- Breakaway (1955) – Paula Grant/Paula Jackson
- The Glass Cage (1955) – Jenny Pelham
- Suspended Alibi (1957) – Lynn Pearson
- You Pay Your Money (1957) – Susie Westlake
- Account Rendered (1957) – Sarah Hayward
- African Patrol (TV, 1958-1959) – Pat Murray
- A Night to Remember (1958) – Liz Lucas
- Danger List (short, 1959) – Gillian Freeman
- The Square Peg (1959) – Leslie Cartland
- A Matter of WHO (1961) – Sister Bryan
- Serena (1962) – Ann Rogers
- The Saint (TV series) (1962) – Pauline Stone
- The Avengers (TV series, 1962–1964) – Cathy Gale
- Jason and the Argonauts (1963) – Hera
- Goldfinger (1964) – Pussy Galore
- The Secret of My Success (1965) – Baroness Lily von Luckenberg
- Moment to Moment (1965) – Daphne Field
- Life at the Top (1965) – Norah Huxley
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