Bond Girl Shirley Eaton

Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 1, 2008

Whatever happened to the beautiful actress Shirley Eaton, who was painted gold in the movie Goldfinger?
—Linda Thompson, Williams, Ariz.

Hollywood's literal "golden girl" in the 1964 James Bond classic, London-born Eaton, now 72, was covered head-to-toe in paint so her character could be murdered through "skin suffocation" by the movie's namesake villain. She retired from acting a few years later after a brief but undistinguished movie career. She published a book of original poetry in 2006 and sometimes appears at film festivals, where enthusiastic fans fondly recall her gold-plated moment in the spotlight.