Richard Burton, CBE was a Welsh actor. Noted for his mellifluous baritone voice, Burton established himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s, he gave a memorable performance of Hamlet in 1964, he was called "the natural successor to Olivier" by dramaturge Kenneth Tynan. An alcoholic, Burton's failure to live up to those expectations disappointed critics and colleagues and fuelled his legend as a great thespian wastrel. Burton never won an Oscar, he was a recipient of BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Tony Awards for Best Actor. In the mid-1960s, Burton ascended into the ranks of the top box office stars. By the late 1960s, Burton was one of the highest-paid actors in the world, receiving fees of $1 million or more plus a share of the gross receipts. Burton remains associated in the public consciousness with his second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor; the couple's turbulent relationship was out of the news. Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr. on 10 November 1925 in a house at 2 Dan-y-bont in Pontrhydyfen, Wales.
He was the twelfth of thirteen children born to Edith Maude Jenkins. Jenkins Sr. called Daddy Ni by the family, was a coal miner, while his mother worked as a barmaid at a pub called the Miner's Arms, the place where she met and married her husband. According to biographer Melvyn Bragg, Richard is quoted saying that Daddy Ni was a "twelve-pints-a-day man" who sometimes went off on drinking and gambling sprees for weeks, that "he looked much like me", he remembered his mother to be "a strong woman" and "a religious soul with fair hair and a beautiful face". Richard was two years old when his mother died on 31 October, six days after the birth of Graham, the family's thirteenth child. Edith's death was a result of postpartum infections. According to biographer Michael Munn, Edith "was fastidiously clean", but that her exposure to the dust from the coal mines resulted in her death. Following Edith's death, Richard's elder sister Cecilia, whom he affectionately addressed as "Cis", her husband Elfed James a miner, took him under their care.
Richard lived with Cis and their two daughters and Rhianon, in their three bedroom terraced cottage on 73 Caradoc Street, Taibach, a suburban district in Port Talbot, which Bragg describes as "a tough steel town, English-speaking and grime". Richard remained forever grateful and loving to Cis throughout his life going on to say: "When my mother died she, my sister, had become my mother, more mother to me than any mother could have been... I was immensely proud of her... she felt all tragedies except her own." Daddy Ni would visit the homes of his grown daughters but was otherwise absent. Another important figure in Richard's early life was his brother, 19 years his senior. A miner and rugby union player, Ifor "ruled the household with the proverbial firm hand", he was responsible for nurturing a passion for rugby in young Richard. Although Richard played cricket and table tennis, biographer Bragg notes rugby union football to be his greatest interest. On rugby, Richard said he "would rather have played for Wales at Cardiff Arms Park than Hamlet at The Old Vic".
The Welsh rugby union centre, Bleddyn Williams believed Richard "had distinct possibilities as a player". From the age of five to eight, Richard was educated at the Eastern Primary School while he attended the Boys' segment of the same school from eight to twelve years old, he took a scholarship exam for admission into Port Talbot Secondary School in March 1937 and passed it. Biographer Hollis Alpert notes that both Daddy Ni and Ifor considered Richard's education to be "of paramount importance" and planned to send him to the University of Oxford. Richard became the first member of his family to go to secondary school, he displayed an excellent speaking and singing voice since childhood winning an eisteddfod prize as a boy soprano. During his tenure at Port Talbot Secondary School, Richard showed immense interest in reading poetry as well as English and Welsh literature, he earned pocket money by running messages, hauling horse manure, delivering newspapers. Richard wanted to repeat his success.
He chose to sing Sir Arthur Sullivan's "Orpheus with his Lute", which biographer Alpert thought "a difficult composition". He requested the help of his schoolmaster, Philip Burton, but his voice cracked during their practice sessions; this incident marked the beginning of his association with Philip. Philip recalled, "His voice was tough to begin with but with constant practice it became memorably beautiful." Richard made his first foray into theatre with a minor role in his school's production of the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw's The Apple Cart. He decided to leave school by the end of 1941 and work as a miner as Elfed was not fit due to illness, he worked for the local wartime Co-operative committee, handing out supplies in exchange for coupons. He simultaneously considered other professions for his future, including boxing and singing, it was during this period that Richard took up smoking and drinking despite being underage. When he joined the Port Talbot Squadron 499 of the Air Training Corps section of the Royal Air Force as a cadet, he re-encountered Philip, the squadron commander.
He joined the Taibach Youth Center, a youth drama group founded by Meredith Jones and led by Leo Lloyd, a steel worker and avid amateur thespian, who taught him the fundamentals
The Little Hut
The Little Hut is a 1957 British-American romantic comedy film made by MGM starring Ava Gardner, Stewart Granger and David Niven. It was directed by Mark Robson, produced by Robson and F. Hugh Herbert, from a screenplay by Herbert, adapted by Nancy Mitford from the play La petite hutte by André Roussin. Sir Philip Ashlow, his neglected wife, Lady Susan Ashlow and his best friend Henry Brittingham-Brett are shipwrecked on a desert island. Susan feels neglected and has been trying to make Philip jealous by demonstrating a romantic interest in Henry, who begins taking her seriously. Now that they are alone on the island, Philip constructs a large hut for his wife and himself and a little hut for Henry, but before long Henry is suggesting they share not only food and water but Susan as well. Opposed to this, Susan is offended by Philip's indifferent reaction to Henry's indecent proposal; the quarrel escalates until Philip declares that, as captain of their ship, he feels entitled not only to perform marriages but to grant divorces.
He awaits Susan's decision on whether the men should share alike. This potential ménage à trois where the two men are competing for the lady's attention is interrupted by a fourth visitor; the stranger is dressed in native garb and takes Susan captive, but is soon revealed to be Mario, the chef from their yacht, indulging a whim. The laughter from inside the hut between Susan and Mario is misinterpreted by Henry and her husband as being romantic in nature, arousing jealousy from both men. After their rescue and return to society, Henry comes to visit Susan to propose they be together, but when he finds her and Philip in domestic repose, Susan knitting baby booties, he knows the battle for her love is lost. Ava Gardner as Lady Susan Ashlow Stewart Granger as Sir Philip Ashlow David Niven as Henry Brittingham-Brett Walter Chiari as Mario Finlay Currie as The Reverend Bertram Brittingham-Brett Jean Cadell as Mrs. Hermione Brittingham-Brett Jack Lambert as Captain MacWalt Henry Oscar as Mr. Trollope Viola Lyel as Miss Edwards Jaron Yaltan as Indian Gentleman Richard Wattis as Official The script of The Little Hut was written by the French writer André Roussin, based on his own play La petite hutte.
Both play and script are based on another play in Catalan, written by the novelist and playwright Carles Soldevila: Civilitzats tanmateix. This play was known in France through a translation by Adolphe de Faigairolle and Francesc Presas, published in 1927 in the magazine Candide; the play ran for over 1500 performances in Paris, was translated into English by Nancy Mitford and ran for three years in the West End, starting in 1950 with Robert Morley and David Tomlinson at the Lyric Theatre before being made into the film. The play flopped on Broadway in 1953. In 1955 F Hugh Herbert and Mark Robson announced they had formed a company to purchase the film rights to the play and make a movie from it; the film was shot at the Cinecittà Studios in Rome. In 2010 the play was revived starring Janie Dee. According to MGM records the film earned $2,085,000 in North America and $1,515,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $340,000, it did not perform well at the French box office with admissions of only 591,767.
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Sir Alec Guinness, was an English actor. After an early career on the stage, Guinness was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played nine different characters, he is known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations, Fagin in Oliver Twist, Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai, Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia, General Yevgraf Zhivago in Doctor Zhivago, Professor Godbole in A Passage to India, he is known for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy. Guinness was one of three British actors, along with Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud, who made the transition from Shakespearean theatre to blockbuster films after World War II. Guinness served in the Royal Naval Reserve during the war and commanded a landing craft during the invasion of Sicily and Elba. During the war he was granted leave to appear in the stage play Flare Path about RAF Bomber Command.
Guinness won a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Tony Award. In 1959, he was knighted by Elizabeth II for services to the arts, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement in 1980 and the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 1989. Guinness appeared in nine films that featured in the BFI's 100 greatest British films of the 20th century, which included five of Lean's films. Guinness was born at 155 Lauderdale Mansions South, Lauderdale Road, Maida Vale, as Alec Guinness de Cuffe, his mother's maiden name was Agnes Cuff. She was born 8 December 1890 to Mary Ann Benfield. On Guinness's birth certificate, the space for the mother's name shows Agnes de Cuffe; the space for the infant's name says Alec Guinness. The column for name and surname of father is blank; the identity of Guinness's father has never been confirmed. From 1875, under English law, when the birth of an illegitimate child was registered, the father's name could be entered on the certificate only if he were present and gave his consent.
Guinness himself believed that his father was a Scottish banker, Andrew Geddes, who paid for Guinness's public school education at Fettes College. Geddes visited Guinness and his mother, posing as an uncle. Guinness's mother had a three-year marriage to a Scottish army captain named Stiven. Guinness first worked writing advertising copy, his first job in the theatre was on his 20th birthday, while he was still a drama student, in the play Libel, which opened at the old King's Theatre and transferred to the Playhouse, where his status was raised from a walk-on to understudying two lines, his salary increased to £1 a week. He appeared at the Albery Theatre in 1936 at the age of 22, playing the role of Osric in John Gielgud's successful production of Hamlet. In 1936, Guinness signed on with the Old Vic, where he was cast in a series of classic roles. In 1939, he took over for Michael Redgrave as Charleston in a road-show production of Robert Ardrey's Thunder Rock. At the Old Vic, Guinness worked with many actors and actresses who would become his friends and frequent co-stars in the future, including Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft, Anthony Quayle, Jack Hawkins.
An early influence was film star Stan Laurel. Guinness continued playing Shakespearean roles throughout his career. In 1937, he played Aumerle in Richard II and Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice under the direction of John Gielgud, he starred in a 1938 production of Hamlet. He appeared as Romeo in a production of Romeo and Juliet, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, as Exeter in Henry V in 1937, both opposite Laurence Olivier, Ferdinand in The Tempest, opposite Gielgud as Prospero. In 1939, he adapted Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations for the stage; the play was a success. One of its viewers was a young British film editor, David Lean, who would have Guinness reprise his role in Lean's 1946 film adaptation of the play. Guinness served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in the Second World War as a seaman in 1941, before receiving a commission as a Temporary Sub-lieutenant on 30 April 1942 and a promotion to Temporary Lieutenant the following year. Guinness commanded a landing craft at the Allied invasion of Sicily, ferried supplies and agents to the Yugoslav partisans in the eastern Mediterranean theatre.
During the war, he was granted leave to appear in the Broadway production of Terence Rattigan's play, Flare Path, about RAF Bomber Command, with Guinness playing the role of Flight Lieutenant Teddy Graham. Guinness returned to the Old Vic in 1946 and stayed until 1948, playing Abel Drugger in Ben Jonson's The Alchemist, the Fool in King Lear opposite Laurence Olivier in the title role, DeGuiche in Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Ralph Richardson in the title role, starring in an Old Vic production as Shakespeare's Richard II. After leaving the Old Vic, he played Eric Birling in J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls at the New Theatre in October 1946, he played the Uninvited Guest in the Broadway production of T. S. Eliot's The Cocktail Party, he played Hamlet under his own direction at the New Theatre in the West End in 1951. Invited by his friend Tyrone Guthrie to join the premiere season of the Stra
Private Lives is a 1930 comedy of manners in three acts by Noël Coward. It concerns a divorced couple who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, discover that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. Despite a perpetually stormy relationship, they realise that they still have feelings for each other, its second act love scene was nearly censored in Britain as too risqué. Coward wrote one of his most popular songs, "Some Day, for the play. After touring the British provinces, the play opened the new Phoenix Theatre in London in 1930, starring Coward, Gertrude Lawrence, Adrianne Allen and Laurence Olivier. A Broadway production followed in 1931, the play has been revived at least a half dozen times each in the West End and on Broadway; the leading roles have attracted a wide range of actors. Directors of new productions have included Howard Davies and Richard Eyre; the play has been adapted several times for television and radio. Coward was in the middle of an extensive Asian tour.
He spent the better part of his two-week convalescence sketching out the play and completed the actual writing of the piece in only four days. He cabled Gertrude Lawrence in New York to ask her to keep autumn 1930 free to appear in the play. After spending a few more weeks revising it, he typed the final draft in The Cathay Hotel in Shanghai and sent copies to Lawrence and his producer and manager, John C. Wilson, with instructions to cable him with their reactions. Coward received no fewer than 30 telegrams from Lawrence about the play, she first said that she had read the play and there was "nothing wrong with it that can't be fixed." Coward "wired back curtly that the only thing, going to be fixed was her performance." Lawrence was indecisive about. Coward responded that he planned to cast the play with another actress. By the time he returned to London, he found Lawrence not only had cleared her schedule but was staying at Edward Molyneux's villa in Cap-d'Ail in southeastern France learning her lines.
Coward joined her, the two began rehearsing the scenes they shared. At the end of July they returned to London. Coward played the part of Elyot Chase himself, Adrianne Allen was his bride Sibyl, Lawrence played Amanda Prynne, Laurence Olivier was her new husband Victor. Coward wrote Sibyl and Victor as minor characters, "extra puppets wooden ninepins, only to be knocked down and stood up again", he insisted, that they must be credible new spouses for the lead characters: "We've got to have two people as attractive as Larry and Adrianne were in the first place, if we can find them."Rehearsals were still under way when the Lord Chamberlain took exception to the second act love scene, labelling it too risqué in light of the fact the characters were divorced and married to others. Coward went to St. James's Palace to plead his case by acting out the play himself and assuring the censor that with artful direction the scene would be presented in a dignified and unobjectionable manner. Coward repeats one of his signature theatrical devices at the end of the play, where the main characters tiptoe out as the curtain falls – a device that he used in Present Laughter, Hay Fever and Blithe Spirit.
The play contains one of Coward's most popular songs, "Some Day I'll Find You". The Noël Coward Society's website, drawing on performing statistics from the publishers and the Performing Rights Society, ranks it among Coward's ten most performed songs. Act 1Following a brief courtship and Sibyl are honeymooning at an hotel in Deauville, although her curiosity about his first marriage is not helping his romantic mood. In the adjoining suite and Victor are starting their new life together, although he cannot stop thinking of the cruelty Amanda's ex-husband displayed towards her. Elyot and Amanda, following a volatile three-year-long marriage, have been divorced for the past five years, but they now discover that they are sharing a terrace while on their honeymoons with their new and younger spouses. Elyot and Amanda separately beg their new spouses to leave the hotel with them but both new spouses refuse to co-operate and each storms off to dine alone. Realising they still love each other and regretting having divorced and Amanda abandon their spouses and run off together to Amanda's flat in Paris.
Act 2After dinner at the Paris flat several days Elyot and Amanda use their code word "Solomon Isaacs", soon abbreviated to "Sollocks", to stop their arguments from getting out of hand. They kiss passionately, but the harmony cannot last: while Elyot and Amanda cannot live without each other, neither can they live with each other, they argue violently and try to outwit each other, just as they had done during their stormy marriage. Their ongoing argument escalates to a point of fury, as Amanda breaks a record over Elyot's head, he retaliates by slapping her face, they seem to be trapped in a repeating cycle of love and hate as their private passions and jealousies consume them. At the height of their biggest fight and Victor walk in. Act 3The next morning, Amanda tries to sneak away early, but is surprised to find Sibyl and Victor there; as they talk, Elyot comes in, he and Amanda start bickering again. It has been decided that neither of the new spouses will grant a divorce for a year, to give Amanda
James David Graham Niven was an British actor and novelist. His many roles included Squadron Leader Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death, Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, Sir Charles Lytton in The Pink Panther, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Separate Tables. Born in London, Niven attended Heatherdown Preparatory School and Stowe before gaining a place at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. After Sandhurst, he joined the British Army and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Highland Light Infantry. Having developed an interest in acting, he left the army, travelled to Hollywood and had several minor roles in film, he first appeared as an extra in the British film. From there, he hired an agent and had several small parts in films from 1933 to 1935, including a non-speaking role in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Mutiny on the Bounty; this brought him to wider attention within the film industry and he was spotted by Samuel Goldwyn. Upon the outbreak of the Second World War, Niven returned to Britain and rejoined the army, being recommissioned as a lieutenant.
In 1942 he co-starred in the morale-building film about the development of the Supermarine Spitfire fighter, The First of the Few, enthusiastically endorsed by Winston Churchill. Niven resumed his acting career after his demobilisation, was voted the second-most popular British actor in the 1945 Popularity Poll of British film stars, he appeared in A Matter of Life and Death, The Bishop's Wife with Cary Grant, Enchantment, all of which received critical acclaim. Niven appeared in The Elusive Pimpernel, The Toast of New Orleans, Happy Go Lovely, Happy Ever After and Carrington V. C. before scoring a big success as Phileas Fogg in Michael Todd's production of Around the World in 80 Days. Niven appeared in nearly a hundred films, many shows for television, he began writing books, with considerable commercial success. In 1982 he appeared in Blake Edwards' final "Pink Panther" films Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, reprising his role as Sir Charles Lytton. James David Graham Niven was born in Belgrave Mansions, London, to William Edward Graham Niven and his wife, Henrietta Julia Niven.
He was named David after his birth on 1 March. Niven claimed that he was born in Kirriemuir, in the Scottish county of Angus in 1909, but his birth certificate shows this was not the case. David Niven's mother, was of French and Welsh ancestry, she was born in Wales, the daughter of army officer William Degacher, married to Julia Caroline Smith, the daughter of Lieutenant General James Webber Smith. Niven's maternal grandfather, William Degacher, was killed in the Battle of Isandlwana, during the Zulu War. Born William Hitchcock, he and his brother Henry had followed the lead of their father, Walter Henry Hitchcock, in assuming their mother's maiden name of Degacher in 1874. David Niven's father, William Niven, was of Scottish descent. William served in the Berkshire Yeomanry in the First World War and was killed during the Gallipoli campaign on 21 August 1915, he was buried in Green Hill Cemetery, Turkey, in the Special Memorial Section in Plot F. 10. Niven's mother, Henrietta Niven, remarried Sir Thomas Comyn-Platt in London in 1917.
Graham Lord and biographer, suggested in Niv: The Authorised Biography of David Niven, that Comyn-Platt and Mrs. Niven had been having an affair for some time before her husband's death. Furthermore, some believe; this supposition has some support among Henrietta's children. A reviewer of Lord's book stated that its photographic evidence showing a strong physical resemblance between Niven and Comyn-Platt "would appear to confirm these theories, though photographs can be misleading."David Niven had three older siblings: Margaret Joyce Henry Degacher Grizel Rosemary Graham. English private schools at the time of Niven's boyhood were noted for their strict and sometimes brutal discipline. Niven suffered many instances of corporal punishment owing to his inclination for pranks, which led to his expulsion from Heatherdown Preparatory School at the age of 10½; this ended his chances for a significant blow to his family. After failing to pass the naval entrance exam because of his difficulty with maths, Niven attended Stowe School, a newly created public school led by headmaster J. F. Roxburgh, unlike any of Niven's previous headmasters.
Thoughtful and kind, he addressed the boys by their first names, allowed them bicycles, encouraged and nurtured their personal interests. Niven wrote, "How he did this, I shall never know, but he made every single boy at that school feel that what he said and what he did were of real importance to the headmaster." He attended the Royal Military College, graduating in 1930 with a commission as a second lieutenant in the British Army. He did well at Sandhurst, which gave him the "officer and gentleman" bearing, his trademark, he requested assignment to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders or the Black Watch jokingly wrote on the form, as his third choice, "anything but the Highland Light Infantry". He was assigne
Michael Culver is an English actor. He was born in Hampstead, the son of actor Roland Culver and casting director Daphne Rye, he was educated at Gresham's School. Culver's aunt, father and brother all had theatrical careers. Culver gained experience at Dundee Rep and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Culver has appeared in several television series in recurring roles, as Squire Armstrong in The Adventures of Black Beauty, Major Erwin Brandt in the BBC drama Secret Army, crooked banker Ralph Saroyan in the second series of The House of Eliott and the strict Prior Robert in Cadfael, his guest roles include an episode of The Sweeney as Dave Leeford, The Professionals as Lawson, Miss Marple "The Moving Finger" as Edward Symmington and as Sir Reginald Musgrave, in the episode "The Musgrave Ritual" in the Granada Television series The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Culver has appeared in two uncredited roles in James Bond films. In From Russia With Love, he played a man in a punt, followed as the co-pilot of Avro Vulcan, in Thunderball.
Other film roles are Captain Needa in The Empire Strikes Back and a major part in A Passage to India as a bigoted police inspector. In 2008, he appeared in a guest role in the first episode of Wallander. Culver was in the first episode of New Tricks in 2003 as a corrupt dinosaur detective, he performed in three of Tricycle Theatre’s Tribunal Plays: Nuremberg. They were directed by Nicolas Kent; the Colour of Justice and Half the were broadcast by the BBC Television. Two Plays for Gaza, 2009 1989–1990; the Little Heroine by Nell Dunn. Directed by Ian Watt-Smith. Michael Culver played Hugo. Cast included: Katharine Schlesinger, Greg Cruttwell, Jonathan Coyne, Georgina Hale. Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward. Terra Nova by Ted Tally. Directed by Michael AttenboroughMichael Culver played Roald Amundsen; the rest of the cast was: Robert Powell, Stephanie Beacham, Bill Stewart, Donald Gee, Neil Philips and David Troughton. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, at the Theatre Royal, Berkshire, 1979. Directed by Joan RileyMichael Culver as Lord Goring.
Other cast members included: Lucinda Curtis, Harold Reese, Anthony Howden, Raymond Graham, John Counsell, Jenny Quayle, Mary Kerridge, Wendy Williams and John Humphry. Macbeth by William Shakespeare Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, 1978. Directed by John Tydeman. Michael Culver played Young Macduff; the cast included: Hubert Gregg, Clive Wood, Donald Burton, Brian Jackson, Colin Baker, Nigel Bennett, Terry Mason, Adrian Scarborough and Heather Sears. Time and the Conways by J. B. Priestley, Royal Exchange, Manchester.
Honor Blackman is an English actress known for the roles of Cathy Gale in The Avengers, Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, Julia Daggett in Shalako and Hera in Jason and the Argonauts. She is notable for her role as Laura West in the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand. Blackman was born in Plaistow, her father, Frederick Blackman, was a civil service statistician. She attended Ealing County Grammar School for Girls. For her 15th birthday, her parents gave her acting lessons and she started training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1940. While attending the Guildhall School, Blackman worked as a clerical assistant for the Home Office. Blackman's film debut was a nonspeaking part in Fame Is the Spur. Other films include Quartet, based on short stories by W. Somerset Maugham, she played Hera in Jason and the Argonauts, well known for the stop-motion animation and effects of Ray Harryhausen. She had roles in the Curse of the Crown. Albert R. Broccoli said Blackman was cast opposite Sean Connery in the James Bond films based on her success in the British television series The Avengers.
He knew. 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 practised judo at the famous Budokwai dojo; this helped. At 38, she was one of the oldest actresses to play a Bond girl, five years older than Sean Connery. In 1968 Blackman appeared opposite John Neville and Hylda Baker in the musical play Mr & Mrs, based on the plays of Noël Coward. In the late 1970s she toured Australia and New Zealand with Michael Craig and Colleen Clifford in the comedy play Move Over, Mrs Markham. In February 1979, she 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 Festival of Perth. In 1981, she appeared in the London revival of The Sound of Music opposite Petula Clark; the production opened to rave reviews and the largest advance sale in British theatre history to that time.
She spent most of 1987 at the Fortune Theatre starring as the Mother Superior in the West End production of Nunsense. Blackman returned to the theatre in 2005, touring through 2006 with a production of My Fair Lady, in which she played Mrs. Higgins, she developed a one-woman show, Word of Honor, which premiered in October 2006. In April 2007, Blackman took over the role of Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret at the Lyric Theatre in London's West End, she left the show at the end of September 2007. Blackman started acting on television in the recurring role of "Nicole", secretary/assistant to Dan Dailey's character of Tim Collier on the 1959 television series The Four Just Men. In a 1962 episode of The Saint titled "The Arrow of God", Blackman played an adulterous personal secretary named Pauline Stone, who became one of several suspects in the murder of a despised gossip columnist. In an episode of The Avengers, "Too Many Christmas Trees", John Steed received a Christmas card from Cathy Gale. Reading the envelope, he says in a puzzled voice, "Whatever can she be doing at Fort Knox...?"
It was an inside joke. In December 1969 and in February 1993 Blackman was taken by surprise as the subject of This Is Your Life. In 1972, Blackman and Richard Basehart played a married pair of Shakespearean actors who commit murder in the American crime mystery series Columbo. In 1983, she appeared in a film production of Agatha Christie's novel, The Secret Adversary, in the role of Rita Vandemeyer. In 1986, she had a role in "Terror of the Vervoids", a segment of the Doctor Who serial The Trial of a Time Lord. From 1990 to 1996, she appeared as Laura West on The Upper Hand. In 2003, Blackman took a guest role on Midsomer Murders, as ex-racing driver Isobel Hewitt in the episode "A Talent for Life". In September 2004, she joined the Coronation Street cast in a storyline about wife swapping. In 2007, she participated in The Verdict, she was one of 12 well-known figures. The series was designed to explore the jury system, she was sworn in as a juror as "Honor Kaufmann". In 2013, she guest-starred in the BBC medical drama Casualty and in By Any Means.
Blackman appeared in a number of episodes of "Never The Twain" with Donald Sinden and Windsor Davies as vet Veronica Barton. Blackman's recording with The Avengers co-star Patrick Macnee of "Kinky Boots", referring to the boots she wore in the show, was a surprise hit. In 1990 it resurfaced on the chart, peaking at No. 5 after being played incessantly by BBC Radio 1 breakfast show presenter Simon Mayo. After her appearance in Goldfinger, she recorded a full album of songs titled Everything. In 1968 Blackman released a 45 of "Before Today"/"I'll Always Be Loving You", which were featured in the musical play Mr & Mrs. In 1983 she sang as Juno in a special TV production of Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld. On 6 July 2009, Blackman released a new single, "The Star Who Fell from Grace", c