Claire Gordon. Actress. January 16, 1941 - April 13, 2015. Aged 74.

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Claire Gordon. Actress. January 16, 1941 - April 13, 2015. Aged 74.

CLAIRE GORDON was a well-known actress throughout the 1950s and 1960s and continued to perform in later years.

Starlet and actress Claire Gordon was the first British actress to appear completely naked on stage

Starlet and actress Claire Gordon was the first British actress to appear completely naked on stage

She was best known for the films Konga and Beat Girl and claimed to be the first British actress to appear completely naked on stage in a 1966 production of The Three Musketeers, produced by her husband-to-be William Donaldson.

Gordon was born in Cambridge to a doctor and a make-up artist.

She was spotted as a teenager at the Queens Ice Rink in London's Bayswater.

This led to her photograph appearing on the cover of monthly magazine Lilliput.

A five-year film contract followed with the agent Bill Watts.

A role as a harem girl in a Bernard Bresslaw film called I Only Arsked! followed, as did her first stage appearance in Meet The Cousin.

The latter led to a meeting with Donaldson, who was starting out as a theatrical producer. He was later better known as the letter-writing Henry Root.

A career followed in films and the West End.

"Watch out for the bath scene, it's a breakthrough," said New Statesman of her role in The Three Musketeers in which she played Lady Fifi de Winter.

She married Donaldson in 1967 after which they gave extravagant parties (Gordon was with Stephen Ward the night he met Christine Keeler).

However the marriage was a difficult one and the couple divorced.

In later years Gordon took a degree in English and American history and literature and played the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella.

She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December while living in El Gouna, Egypt, but returned to the UK.

She died peacefully in her sleep at an Acton nursing home.

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