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Madeline Smith in 1973
(m. 1975; died 1989)
Madeline Smith (born 2 August 1949) is an English actress. Having been a model in the late 1960s, she has appeared in many television series and stage productions, plus comedy and horror films, in the 1970s and 1980s.
She is perhaps best known for playing Bond girl Miss Caruso in Live and Let Die (1973), but also had large roles in the horror films The Vampire Lovers (1970), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Tam-Lin (1970), Theatre of Blood (1973) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974) and comedy films including Up Pompeii (1971), Up the Front (1972) and Carry On Matron (1972) amongst others. She also appeared in the films The Killing of Sister George (1968), Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970), The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972) and the musical film Take Me High (1973) with Cliff Richard.
Smith was born in Hartfield, Sussex, the only child of Robert and Ursula Smith (née Boas). Her father owned an antiques shop and painting restoration business near Kew Gardens, and her Swiss mother was a translator. After a convent-school education, in her late teens she had a temporary job at Biba, the famous boutique located on Kensington High Street, London. It was at the instigation of Barbara Hulanicki, founder of Biba, that she became a model. In the late 1960s and early '70s, she was regularly featured in the work of Disc cartoonist J Edward Oliver, who on one occasion devoted an entire strip to her entitled 'The Life and Habits of the Madeline Smith'.
Smith's first screen role was a small part in the film Escalation (1968) following this with a role in The Mini-Affair (1967), although the latter was released first. Smith first worked for Hammer Film Productions in Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969), billed as 'Maddy Smith' and playing an East End prostitute. Among her other film appearances, she played opposite Ava Gardner in Tam-Lin, Peter Cushing in The Vampire Lovers and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, Diana Dors in The Amazing Mr Blunden, Frankie Howerd in Up Pompeii and Up the Front, and Vincent Price in Theatre of Blood. In 1972, Smith appeared in Carry On Matron in a scene alongside Hattie Jacques, Barbara Windsor and Joan Sims. In 1973, she played the Bond girl Miss Caruso, in the post-opening titles sequence of Live and Let Die, the first James Bond film starring Roger Moore. Smith's role is therefore significant as Miss Caruso is the first Bond girl of the Roger Moore era. She was recommended for the role by Moore himself, having previously appeared with him in an episode of The Persuaders! on TV.
Her numerous stage credits include working with US director Charles Marowitz on Blue Comedy (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford) and The Snob (at Marowitz's Tottenham Court Road venue the Open Space). She also acted opposite Alec Guinness in the original West End production of Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus (playing Felicity Rumpers), supported Frankie Howerd again in the Volpone adaptation The Fly and the Fox (Churchill Theatre, Bromley), played Elma in a Cambridge Theatre Company revival of Frederick Lonsdale's Canaries Sometimes Sing, and spent two years playing the female lead in Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at the St Martin's Theatre.
Her television credits include Doctor at Large (1971), The Two Ronnies (appearing in the serial 'Hampton Wick', 1971), Clochemerle (1972), His and Hers (1970) with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Casanova '73 (1973) with Leslie Phillips, Steptoe and Son (1974), The Howerd Confessions (1976), Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1980) and The Steam Video Company (1984). She also featured in two episodes of All Creatures Great and Small, as two different characters (as Angela Farmer in Pride of Possession (1978) and as Anne Grantley in the 1983 Christmas special). She was a member of the regular cast of the BBC2 series The End of the Pier Show (1974) and In The Looking Glass (1978) alongside satirists John Wells and John Fortune and composer Carl Davis. Smith also starred in The Passionate Pilgrim (1984) which turned out to be the final screen appearance of Eric Morecambe.
Having given birth to a daughter, Emily, in 1984, she gradually wound down her acting career. Her husband, actor David Buck, died from cancer in 1989. Twenty years later she was interviewed in, and was the cover star of, the coffee-table book Hammer Glamour. She returned to acting in 2011. In 2015 she appeared as a contestant on the red team in the BBC antiques gameshow Bargain Hunt. In December 2018 she appeared in episode 4 of the Christmas series of Celebrity Mastermind with The History of Kew Gardens as her specialist subject.
|The Killing of Sister George||Nun|
|1969||Some Like It Sexy||Miss Beaufort-Smith|
|1970||Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You||Gwendolyn|
|Taste the Blood of Dracula||Dolly|
|The Vampire Lovers||Emma Morton|
|The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins||Girl|
|Mr. Forbush and the Penguins||Unknown||Scene cut|
|1972||Carry On Matron||Mrs. Pullitt|
|Up the Front||Fanny|
|The Amazing Mr Blunden||Bella|
|1973||The Love Ban||Miss Partridge|
|Theatre of Blood||Rosemary|
|Live and Let Die||Miss Caruso|
|Take Me High||Vicki|
|1974||Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell||Sarah|
|Percy's Progress||Miss UK|
|1976||The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones||Sophia|
|Shadows of Doubt||Girl|
|1977||Fern, the Red Deer||Mrs. Gordon|
|The Quality Connection||Wendy|
|1981||Late Flowering Love||Girl|
|1984||The Passionate Pilgrim||Damsel|
|1990||The Murder on the Links||Dulcie Duveen|
|2020||Crazy Bitch Blues||Alison|
|Jeepers Creepers||Fantasy Lover||Voice|
|1969||Who-Dun-It||Gwynneth Evans||Episode: "Murder Goes to School"|
|1970||His and Hers||Janet Burgess||6 episodes|
|1970||On the House||Angela||Episode: "A Little Bit on the Side"|
|1970||The Adventures of Don Quick||Leonie||Episode: "The Love Reflector"|
|1971||Doctor at Large||Sue Maxwell||5 episodes|
|1971||The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder||Miss Clutterbuck||Episode: "The Willing Victim"|
|1971||Hine||Patricia Harris||Episode: "The Little White Lady"|
|1971||The Two Ronnies||Henrietta Beckett||8 episodes|
|1971||The Persuaders!||Carla I||Episode: "The Long Goodbye"|
|1971||Jason King||Jonquil||2 episodes|
|1972||Clochemerle||Hortense Girodot||3 episodes|
|1972||ITV Sunday Night Theatre||Mary Todd||Episode: "Madly in Love"|
|1972||Milligan in...||Various||Episode: "Milligan in Autumn"|
|1972||Harriet's Back in Town||Diane||2 episodes|
|1973||The Fenn Street Gang||Miss Bedwell||Episode: "Business Deficiency"|
|1973||Ooh La La!||Julie||Episode: "A Pig in a Poke"|
|1973||Casanova '73||Tessa Finlay||Episode: "#1.6"|
|1974||Crown Court||Patricia Drake||Episode: "Falling Stars: Part 1"|
|1974||Wodehouse Playhouse||Aurelia Cammerleigh||Episode: "The Reverend Wooing of Archibald: Pilot"|
|1974||Comedy Playhouse||Aurelia Cammerleigh||Episode: "The Reverend Wooing of Archibald"|
|1974||Happy Ever After||Sally Thompson||Episode: "Amateur Dramatics"|
|1974||Steptoe and Son||Carol||Episode: "Back in Fashion"|
|1974-1976||The End of the Pier Show||Various||All 7 episodes|
|1975||A Touch of the Casanovas||Teresa|
|1976||My Brother's Keeper||Angela Lloyd||Episode: "Tooling Up"|
|1976||The Howerd Confessions||The Nurse||Episode: "#1.3"|
|1977||Big Boy Now!||Debbie Longhurst||Episode: "Mr and Mrs"|
|1977||Romance||Peggy||Episode: "The Black Knight"|
|1978||In the Looking Glass||Various||All 6 episodes|
|1978||All Creatures Great and Small||Angela Farmer||Episode: "Pride of Possession"|
|1980||Why Didn't They Ask Evans?||Moira Nicholson|
|1980||The Bagthorpe Saga||Aunt Celia||3 episodes|
|1981||Funny Man||Prunella||Episode: "Letting Go"|
|1982||A.J. Wentworth, B.A.||Mrs. Hillman||Episode: "Founder's Day"|
|1982-1986||Eureka||Various||All 32 episodes|
|1983||All Creatures Great and Small||Anne Grantley||Episode: "1983 Special"|
|1984||The Steam Video Company||Various||All 6 episodes|
|1985||The Pickwick Papers||Miss Nupkins||Episode: "#1.7"|
|2011||Doctors||Rita Prentice||Episode: "Whip Hand"|
|2012||Titanic: Southampton Remembers||Maud Newman|
|2013||Dancing on the Edge||Violetta||2 episodes|
|2014||Not Going Out||Joanne's friend||Episode: "Christening"|
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