'Goldfinger' actress Margaret Nolan dead at 76


Actress and model Margaret Nolan, known for her role in “Goldfinger” and “A Hard Day’s Night,” died on Oct. 5 at age 76.

Filmmaker Edgar Wright first reported the news with a touching tribute on Twitter in which he both announced the news of Nolan’s passing as well as eulogized the late actress, who he worked with for the upcoming film “Last Night in Soho.”

“It's my sad duty to report that actress and artist, the magnificent Margaret Nolan has passed away. She was the middle of Venn diagram of everything cool in the 60s; having appeared with the Beatles, been beyond iconic in Bond and been part of the Carry On cast too,” he began a lengthy thread.

“She was the gold painted model in the iconic Goldfinger title sequence and poster (she also played Dink in the movie), she appeared in the classic A Hard Day's Night, Carry On Girls, No Sex Please We're British & many others, frequently sending up her own glamourpuss image,” he added. “She also appeared in five Spike Milligan Q series, Steptoe & Son, The Likely Lads, Morecambe & Wise and The Sweeney. She became deeply involved in political theatre and more recently created visual art; deconstructed her own glamour modelling in a series of photomontages.”

Wright concluded his thread about Nolan by talking about his personal experience working with her.

 “I worked with her last year as she plays a small role in Last Night In Soho. She was so funny, sharp and, as you might imagine, full of the most amazing stories," he wrote. "I’m so glad I got to know her. My heart goes out to her family and all that loved her. She will be much missed.”

The English actress got her start as a model under the name Vicky Kennedy in the early 1960s before going back to her birth name as she began to pursue acting, according to Variety. She got her big break in 1964 when she appeared in both The Beatles’ film “A Hard Day’s Night” as well as Dink, James Bond’s masseuse, in “Goldfinger” that same year.

However, in addition to her small role in the 007 classic, she notably appeared in the title sequence and subsequent posters and promotional material as the woman painted from head-to-toe in gold along with a gold bikini. 

The ad campaign made such an impression that she was asked to pose for Playboy magazine, which also led her to a role in the Gerry and the Pacemakers’ film “Ferry Cross the Mersey” and Marcel Carne’s “Three Rooms in Manhattan” the following year.

The outlet reports that she took a break from acting in the 1980s, returning to the screen in 2011 as Dame Margaret in Yvonne Deutschman’s “The Power of Three.” Her later life was marked by photo projects that she worked on while in Spain that took her old vintage modeling shots and manipulated them for displays in London.  She is survived by her two sons, Oscar Deeks and Luke O’Sullivan.


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Vietnam veteran's ID tag returned to North Dakota widow after found in Russia

An American citizen traveling in Russia found the tags and bought it off a vendor

By Louis Casiano | Fox News

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An Army identification tag lost by an American soldier when he was wounded by a grenade blast in Vietnam was returned Wednesday to his widow after it was found by an American traveling in Russia.

Gov. Doug Burgum presented the tag -- referred to as dog tags -- to Ruth Hepper, of Bismarck, N.D. Her husband, Ronald Hepper, 58, died in 2007, Burgum's office said in a news release.

"We are eternally grateful for the courageous service and sacrifices made by Ron Hepper and all North Dakotans who proudly served their country in the Vietnam War, as well as their families, especially those whose loved ones never came home,” Burgum said. “While we wish we were able to return these tags to Ron himself, we are thankful for the opportunity and tremendous honor to present this keepsake to Ruth on behalf of a grateful state and nation.”

Hepper, nicknamed "Cowboy" by his fellow soldiers, voluntarily enlisted in the Army in 1967 after graduating high school and served in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. He had been in Vietnam a few months on June 11, 1969 when he was injured by a hand grenade. The blast blew off his boots where he placed a set of dog tags.

Afterward, he woke up in a hospital without his boots or tags. He spent three months in an amputee ward but doctors were able to save his legs, which were filled with shrapnel. He was awarded the Purple Heart and returned home to Isabel, S.D., after his military service.

Hepper and his wife moved to Bismarck a few months before his death to be closer to relatives.

An American came upon the tag while traveling in Russia, the release said. It did not specify when it was discovered. The person purchased the tag from a vendor in Moscow and delivered it to the American Embassy, which forwarded it to the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

“VA records reflect that Mr. Hepper served with great distinction and sacrifice during the Vietnam War," VA Asst. Secretary James Hutton wrote in a letter to Ruth Hepper. "The opportunity to return the tag is extremely meaningful as VA and the Department of Defense are currently honoring the heroes of Vietnam Era Veterans and their families.”

It was unclear how the tag ended up in Russia but Ruth Hepper has a theory. She believes Russian soldiers fighting alongside the North Vietnamese military may have collected them. American military artifacts were sought in Russia and China after the Cold War, the news release said.