Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Girls of Grindhouse: Britt Ekland

I know what you're thinking.  Britt Ekland?  She's a Bond girl, not one of the Girls of Grindhouse.  Au contraire, mon frere for she has been in more than a couple of grindhouse films.

Britt Ekland was born in Stockholm, Sweden on October 6, 1942.  In her youth she attended a drama school which eventually led to her joining a traveling acting group where she gained some measure of fame in Italy, but it wasn't until she became the significant other of British actor and comedian Peter Sellers that she became a celebrity.

After seeing her photograph in a newspaper, Sellers arranged a meeting in London and was immediately smitten.  The two married shortly thereafter and it is said that he had a heart attack on their wedding night, but that can't be confirmed.  He did however suffer from thirteen heart attacks in a matter of days shortly after they were married.

The two made a daughter and a couple of films together.  The little girl was called Victoria and the films were called Caccia alla volpe (1966) or After the Fox which was written by Neil Simon, and The Bobo (1967).  They divorced in 1968.

After gaining attention for her performance as an Amish striptease artist in 1968's The Night They Raided Minsky's, Ekland was offered many more roles but these were often because of her looks instead of her acting ability.  She did star in some first rate films including Get Carter (1971) and The Wicker Man (1973), but her most famous role came in 1974 when she played Bond girl Mary Goodnight in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Around this time she became romantically involved with rock/disco/whatever star Rod Stewart and temporarily left her acting career to focus on the relationship.  Things didn't work out and the two separated after living together for two years.  In 1979 she started seeing and eventually became engaged to glam metal vocalist Phil Lewis.  They broke up in 1981.  In 1984 she married rocker Slim Jim Phantom, who was almost twenty years younger. They had a son, Thomas Jefferson in 1988 but they divorced in 1992.

Britt Ekland was one of the biggest celebrities of the 1970s but by the mid 1980s the quality of the film roles offered to her had diminished significantly.  Besides made for TV movies she starred in some cinematic crap like Fraternity Vacation (1985) and Beverly Hills Vamp (1989).

In the 2004 film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers the role of Ekland was played by Charlize Theron and later, Ekland accompanied Theron to the Cannes Film Festival as her date. Also in 2004, she was diagnosed with osteoporosis after falling and fracturing both her wrist and ankle at an awards show.  Today she is involved with both osteoporosis and Alzheimer's organizations.  Even with her health concerns, Ekland is still a regular fixture on the British rock'n'roll social scene.

And if you're wondering which of her films are considered "grindhouse" films, The Grindhouse Cinema Database says Get Carter (1971), The Wicker Man (1973),  Asylum (1972),  Machine Gun McCain (1968), and Slavers (1978).





Here's Rod Stewart's package to haunt your dreams.











See all of Britt's nude scenes at MrSkin.com!

Love ScenesMachine Gun McCain The Wicker Man

31 comments:

Zombie said...

That is a creepy looking guy...

Trey said...

Is Wicker Man really grindhouse? Anyway, no matter. Good salute to Eklund.

Banacek said...

@Trey Yep. According to the Grindhouse Cinema Database it is.

ed said...

looks like her good days are over

The Angry Lurker said...

She was a beauty in her day.

Bart said...

id still hit it. and im drinking water so i can start my jeep...

LoneIslander said...

Awesome movies, awesome chicks

zepdragon said...

Well done posting sir

Ray Rousell said...

Nice post, she sure was a great looking girl, I like the Christine Keeler esq photo!

Colin Biano said...
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Astronomy Pirate said...

Dat butt. Those photos look kinda dated now though. So, I'm sure she doesn't look that good now.

Rob said...

She's very sexy, very good post!

Shutterbug said...

That pic of Rod is so sleazy, it hurts my eyes!

Banacek said...

@Shutterbug You said you wanted some eye candy!

D4 said...

I was thinking what Colin was thinking. I also love that she gave birth to Thomas Jefferson. Automatically bad-ass right there.

And thanks for the Rod Stewart nightmares, Banacek. Really. I appreciate that in some sick way.

Banacek said...

@Colin Biano They can't all be busty doe-eyed brunettes! I'll keep that in mind for future posts though. :)

Biff Tanner said...

They are haunted sir!

Jay said...

you ruined it with rod stewart. :|

Alphalpha said...

Ahhh and I just ran out of lotion!! That's okay though, the guy's a boner-killer...

Laughing Vault said...

she is so fucking hot

Bonjour Tristesse said...

The first picture is incredible.

The last one... Terrifying.

thenitefalls said...

Swedish girls are hot, I need to move to Sweden!

Kicking Rocks said...

sexy! and im not talking about rod stewarts package!

JayPower said...

Damnnn she's so fine ;D

BTN Hip Hop said...

man, id grind her house. if you get my drift

Solsby Kid said...

Wow, shes hooooot!!

Living cheap said...

pretty! love her

**Hype.Planet** said...

love it!

Alphabeta said...

I hate you.
I was all mmm...Britt...mmmmBritt...mm...ACK! ROD!

Anonymous said...

That stripy picture of Rod Stewart - Hot yuck! Gross! It'll give me nightmare!

sundersartwork said...

Ah Rod...literally. I wish i could scrub my brain out now. Britt Eckland was not that bad of an actor really, not talented, just not terrible. She did star in two great ones as you pointed out. I remember her in 'The Profumo Affair' starring Joun Hurt, and she starred in an orgy with gold painted nipples. Shame she can't find a happy marriage.

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