British actress Honor Blackman died April 6, 2020 at her home in Sussex, England at the age of 94. He family stated that Blackman died of natural causes. The family said that the Covid-19 virus was not a factor in her death.

Blackman is known to millions of James Bond fans as Pussy Galore in “Goldfinger” starring Sir Sean Connery. She also starred as Cathy Gale in the 60’s British spy show “The Avengers”. At the time of her death, Blackman was the oldest surviving member of “The Avengers” cast.

Appearing in over 100 film and television productions, Blackman made her screen debut in 1947 in an uncredited role in “Fame is the Spur”. Her first credited role came the following year in “Daughter of Darkness”. Her other roles include “The Three Musketeer’s”, “A Night to Remember”, “The Saint”, “Jason and the Argonauts”, 43 episodes of “The Avengers”, “Columbo”, “Doctor Who”, 95 episodes of “The Upper Hand”, “Bridget Jone’s Diary”, “Coronation Street”, and her final role in 2015 in “You, Me, and Them”.

She was born in East London on August 22, 1925, the daughter of a civil servant. She later attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During World War II she worked as a motorcycle dispatch rider.

She began her acting career in London’s West End. An understudy for “The Guinea Pig”, who got her big break when the star became sick and Blackman stepped into the role. Her other theatrical roles include “The Sound of Music”, “A Little Night Music”, “On Your Toes”, “Nunsense”, “Cabaret”, and the touring production of “My Fair Lady”. Blackman also starred in her own one woman show “Honor Blackman as Herself”.

Married and divorced twice, Blackman is survived by her children Lottie and Barnaby and four grandchildren – Daisy, Oscar, Olive, and Toby.


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