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Movie Urban Legends

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'Goldfinger' (1964)

Legend: Shirley Eaton, an actress in the 1964 James Bond installment "Goldfinger," accidentally died from asphyxiation after being completely covered in thick gold paint.

True or False?: This legend is FALSE.

In the 1960s it was wrongly believed that humans breathed through their skin, and that a portion of the skin's surface needed to be left open at all times in order to survive. It was not a big surprise that this rumor took off after "Goldfinger" was released. Without easy access to the Internet to set the record straight, fans were left believing that Eaton really passed away on the set after the rumor caught fire.

The movie villain Auric Goldfinger did kill his secretary, played by Eaton, by covering her body in gold paint, but the actress certainly went on to live another day. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: Eon Productions)

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