Traumatic lip surgery threatened screen career, admits Britt Ekland
Actress Britt Ekland has said a traumatic surgical procedure on her lips nearly ruined her screen career.
Celebrated for her beauty in the 1960s and 1970s, the former Bond girl, who starred alongside Roger Moore in The Man With The Golden Gun, said she never thought of herself as beautiful.
The 73-year-old opened up about her cosmetic surgery experience on Thursday's edition of ITV's Loose Women.
Ekland revealed she had the surgery after her marriage to Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom, who is almost two decades her junior, broke down.
"After I split up with Jim, sometime in the 90s, I did a terrible thing," she told fellow panellists Andrea McLean, Sherrie Hewson and Jane Moore.
"They put a lot of stuff in my lips and I've had to live with it."
Ekland continued: "Now I've taken it away - they give you injections to melt it - I still have a bit, but I've had to live with newspapers printing horrible pictures of me saying, 'Oh God, look at Britt Ekland. Why did she do this?'"
The Swedish star said the person who did the procedure "used me as some sort of experiment".
Ekland added: "For a very long time, I couldn't really do television or films.
"When you're in the theatre, you're very lucky because you have a distance so you can present yourself with something else.
"But it's been very, very traumatic in my life."
Born in Stockholm, Ekland's list of screen credits includes 1971's Get Carter and The Wicker Man.
Her four-year marriage to much-loved comedian Peter Sellers in 1964 and a romance with Rod Stewart added to her fame.
Ekland discussed the pressure on actresses to look beautiful and said it is especially noticeable in American TV shows.
She said: "Go look at all these CSI shows. The women in these shows are all copies of each other.
"They're all taut, they are smooth - maybe they had Botox, I don't know, but everyone is smooth - and the bodies are tight.
"But they're all copies. There's no individuality any more."
She told the panellists that she is comfortable with herself now and does not even have Botox these days.