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29 OCTOBER 2013
A CELEBRATION OF BOND GIRL MARGARET NOLAN

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2012-11-13
A celebration of Margaret Nolan, the British actress who portrayed "Dink" in Goldfinger (1964) (1964), the third James Bond film and by many considered to be the best.

With this dedicated page, we would like to celebrate Margaret Nolan on her birthday.

"Dear Maggie, happy birthday and much love from Sweden."

About Margaret Nolan: (official biography)
Margaret Nolan was born ten minutes after her paternal twin sister, Geraldine, at home in Hampstead, London in 1943. Margaret's father was a clerk in the Army and her mother took her and their brother to the country in Waterford, Ireland, to where she grew up until the war was over. They returned in 1946 to Hampstead where she still lives.

Maggie (as she is called by friends) was training to be a school teacher when she met her first husband, Tom Kempinski, who was an actor with the National Theatre at the time. He convinced her that she could be an actress. She loved dancing and the theatre. Both parents were musical. Geraldine and she were encouraged to entertain at family gatherings Together they produced a play for their school friends when they were 10 years old.

As many had done before her, she started by getting work as a model and it wasn't long before her picture was shown to the producer of The Saint (1963) who offered her the role of "Daisy" in the first series. This was the first of many different parts and for several years she worked for BBC in numerous soaps, plays, series and comedy shows. She was a regular in five series with Spike Milligan.

It was Oscar Lewenstien who, after seeing her at The Ambiance Theatre, gave her the first West End play 'The Giveaway' by Anne Jellicoe and directed by Richard Eyre in 1969. She appeared in several Brian Rix farces on stage and TV. One of these was 'She's Done it Again' in which she played the juvenile lead for 9 months at The Garrick Theatre in the West End. At the same time she was working with Roland Reese and Patrick Dromgoole at The Ambiance Theatre in Queensway doing some of the most innovative fringe theatre and a season of American political drama. Her husband was working with Peter Brook in Paris during the 'uprising' of 1968. In fact, they were both appearing in 'cutting edge' theatre at this culturally rich period.

Television drama was pretty hot at the time and she was also involved in The Wednesday Play, Armchair Theatre and 30 Minute Theatre. The latter went out live as did some of the series she appeared in! Leading parts followed in Fox (1980) with Peter Vaughn, Black and Blue (1973) with Anthony Hopkins and Charlie Was a Rich Man (1981) for Granada TV. She retired soon after this.

Margaret had many portraits taken during her acting career and she found herself wondering what to do with them all. She began cutting and pasting those she had several copies of into photomontages to more accurately reflect an image of the 60's and 70's than the originals in their context. Please visit Margaret Nolan Art for more information.

Photo above:
Margaret Nolan in a promotion photo for Goldfinger. © 1964 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

For more information about Margaret Nolan's career and current projects, visit her website:

www.margaretnolan.co.uk

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