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Honor Blackman

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Honor Blackman

Honor Blackman (born in London on 12 December 1927, although many sources incorrectly list her date of birth as August 1926) is a British actress. She is mostly remembered for the roles of Cathy Gale in The Avengers and as Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Age 36 when she filmed Goldfinger, Blackman as of 2005 remains the oldest actress to play a Bond girl.

Blackman trained as an actress at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 1963, she married the actor, Maurice Kaufmann, and they appeared together in the film, Fright (1971); they divorced in 1975. Following her early career as a glamorous leading lady, she returned to television in the ITV sitcom, The Upper Hand, during the 1990s. After her appearance in Goldfinger, Blackman recorded a full album of songs entitled Everything I've Got.

A song she recorded with Patrick MacNee in the 1960s, Kinky Boots, was a surprise hit in 1990 after it was played incessantly by Radio 1 breakfast show presenter Simon Mayo.

She is said to have declined a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) honour in 2002.

In September 2004 she briefly joined the Coronation Street cast.

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