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Overview (3)

Born in Stockholm, Sweden
Birth NameBritt-Marie Eklund
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Britt Ekland was born in Sweden and grew up to be the poster girl for beautiful, big-eyed Scandinavian blondes. She attended a drama school and then joined a traveling theater group. With her looks as her passport, Britt entered films and became a star in Italy. When Peter Sellers met her in a hotel, he fell hard for her and they soon married. The combination of Sellers' stardom and her stunning beauty contributed to her fame (the fact that Sellers suffered a heart attack in bed on their wedding night did not hurt, either). She appeared in two films with her husband: After the Fox (1966), written by Neil Simon, and the forgettable The Bobo (1967). Her claim to fame would come as the young girl who invented the striptease in The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968). After that, she appeared in a string of movies that were built around her looks and not much else. She did appear in some first-rate productions over the years, though, two of them being Get Carter (1971) and the cult classic The Wicker Man (1973). The high point in her career would be her role as Bond girl Mary Goodnight in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). After her much publicized breakup with rocker Rod Stewart in 1977, Britt continued to make movies--both features and made-for-TV films--and tried the stage. By that time, the quality of her film projects had decreased markedly, and she was reduced to appearing in things like Fraternity Vacation (1985) and Beverly Hills Vamp (1989).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Family (2)

Spouse Slim Jim Phantom (20 March 1984 - 1992)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Peter Sellers (19 February 1964 - 18 December 1968)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Parents Sven Eklund
Maj-Britt Eklund

Trade Mark (3)

Platinum blonde hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Deep sultry voice

Trivia (34)

Auctioned some belongings at Christies for $146,000. [December 1996]
Fractured her ankle and broke her wrist at the Kerrang! Music Awards in London when she fell as she was heading towards the stage to present the Hall of Fame award to Marilyn Manson. Osteoperosis contributed to this which she is still dealing with. [August 2000]
Had an affair with rocker Rod Stewart in the mid-'70s, and sang French on his smash hit "Tonight's the Night". When she found out he was unfaithful to her, she filed a $12.5-million palimony suit, claiming that she gave up much of her career for him and that she deserved a large portion of his income as compensation. The lawsuit was dismissed by the courts.
Daughter with Peter Sellers: Victoria Sellers (born January 20, 1965).
Son with Lou Adler: Nic Adler (born June 10, 1973).
Son with Slim Jim Phantom: T.J. McDonnell (born March 31, 1988).
Was one of the judges in the Miss Universe pageant in 1976.
Lost her mother in May 1995 to Alzheimer's Disease after a lengthy illness. Britt is currently involved with the Alzheimer's Disease Association, trying to spread awareness, etc., of this illness.
Her voice was dubbed by Annie Ross in The Wicker Man (1973).
She was pregnant at the time she was filming The Wicker Man (1973), and as a result, a body double had to be used for some of the rear shots during the sequence where her character is dancing around naked and singing in an attempt to seduce Edward Woodward's character.
According to her autobiography, she was approached by Dino De Laurentiis for the role of "Dwan" in King Kong (1976) but turned him down.
Ex-stepmother of Michael Sellers and Sarah Sellers.
Married Peter Sellers after 10 days.
Her parents were Sven and Mae Britt.
She has three younger brothers, one of whom is Carl Eklund.
Her teenage ambition was to be a veterinarian.
Her son T.J. McDonnell's initials stand for Thomas Jefferson.
As a teenager, she had a resemblance to Brigitte Bardot and got work as a lookalike.
Her ears used to stick out. When she was 40 years of age she had an operation to correct them, which she later said she regretted.
She was originally cast as Ottilie Harsham Trafford in Quest for Love (1971) but she was replaced by Joan Collins.
Became a grandmother ("at last!") in August 2013 when daughter-in-law Alison Adler gave birth to a boy named Cash, short for Cassius. Second grandson Lucas was born in April 2017.
She said being the leading lady in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) neither helped nor hurt her career. Still, it was the happiest time in her life, since she looked beautiful, and her children were with her.
Was replaced by Mia Farrow for the role of Karen Eriksson in Guns at Batasi (1964).
Quit smoking in 1979.
Shares three ex-boyfriends in common with fellow former Bond girl Ursula Andress (Helmut Berger, Ron Ely, Ryan O'Neal); two in common with fellow former Bond girl and Demon Rage (1982) co-star Lana Wood (O'Neal and Warren Beatty); two in common with Michelle Phillips (Beatty and Lou Adler); and three in common with Julie Christie (Adler, Beatty, O'Neal).
Two of her ex-boyfriends have been married to Alana Stewart: George Hamilton and Rod Stewart.
Although Britt and Slim Jim Phantom separated in 1992, they didn't divorce until 2006.
Good friends with fellow Bond girl Luciana Paluzzi.
At 15 appeared in a toothpaste commercial . After 2 years at drama school had small parts in films and television the toured Sweden with a travelling theatre company.
She can speak English, Italian, French and German.
Loves skiing on both snow and water.
Became close to her fellow Swedish co-star Maud Adams during the filming of the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).

Personal Quotes (11)

The ideal man doesn't exist. A husband is easier to find.
I said I don't sleep with married men, but what I meant was I don't sleep with happily married men.
[on Peter Sellers] I would squirm with embarrassment at the demeaning lengths he would go to in order to ingratiate himself with the Royal Family.
[on Warren Beatty] Warren is the most divine lover of all. His libido was as lethal as high-octane gas. I had never known such pleasure of passion in my life.
I just like someone who satisfies me sexually and is fun, but puts no demands on me and who disappears out of my life when I like them to disappear out of my life.
[on how lover Warren Beatty handled her like an elevator] He knew exactly where to locate the top button. One flick and we were away.
In the old days bachelors were men who had the best of everything. They had girlfriends. They ate and drank and skied and went to the south of France and drove beautiful cars. They were set in their ways, they weren't gay, they just didn't want to get married. And that's where I am today. I am like an old-fashioned bachelor.
I told all my children: don't do what I did. Meet someone, travel with them, go on holiday, have fun, party. Don't fall in love and have a baby. So they didn't. My son is 40 having his first baby. He took the advice very seriously. And Victoria is not going to have any children now. She's too old, but she didn't want any. My youngest is 25 and much too young to think about it.
I had such a protected, happy childhood. Nothing bad had ever happened in my life. I had never seen blood. I had never known death or sickness, although that came years later when my mother was struck down by Alzheimer's. She suffered dreadfully - it's one of the reasons I take care of myself now because I don't want to end up as she did; it was heartbreaking.
Cosmetic surgery is a very personal thing, it's almost like talking about your underwear. Too many young people think you have to have it but at my age you really have the right to go out and pull your skin up.
[2017, on Roger Moore's passing]: His friendship is one I shall always cherish. He was 'my' Bond but he was the world's Bond. He will for ever be remembered in the movies. And I will carry him in my heart for ever.

Salary (1)

The Double Man (1967) $20,000 .00

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