Penny Brahms (left) and Edwina Carroll in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
We have just noticed that this blog has had 2001 comments so what more appropriate way to celebrate than with the cool, elegant space stewardesses from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey. Despite their practical uniforms in the film, stewardesses in the sixties were supposed to be pretty and they certainly chose two lovely actresses for the gravity defying Velcro-shod women.
Brahms, left, in The Wrong Box (1966)
Penny Brahms had done some TV work in the three years before 2001 usually, as afterwards, in uncredited pretty girl roles. In 1966 she got her first small feature film role in the underrated Bryan Forbes Victorian-set comedy The Wrong Box. Starring a just post Zulu and The Ipcress File Michael Caine, it featured a host of British character actors and comedians.
Her next film, also uncredited, was playing one of the 'slaygirls' in the Dean Martin Matt Helm 007 spoof The Ambushers. These decorative Bond-girl types didn't get any dialogue they just had to look nice as, indeed, Brahms did.
More small roles on TV and film followed her 2001 appearance, including an appearance as a Vestal Virgin in the TV comedy series Up Pompeii! and a small appearance in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) at the cinema.
Brahms strips off in The Games Lovers Play
The following year she got her biggest role as the joint lead in Games that Lovers Play (1971). Also known as Lady Chatterly versus Fanny Hill this British exploitation comedy was set in the nineteen twenties and was about two brothel madams, Chatterly and Hill, vying to sleep with the most unappealing men to win a bet.
Brahms (right, above) played Constance Chatterly while Fanny Hill was played by none other than British national treasure Joanna Lumley (right above) in a film she won't speak about today.
Brahms' last film appearance was in the Hammer horror Dracula AD 1972 which foolishly tried to update their Dracula format to swinging London.
Sadly, after that our lovely astronaut disappeared into the ether and we can find nothing more about her.
In publicity stills (far left) for Blue Murder at St Trinian's
The other space stewardess in our still at the top was Edwina Carroll and her screen career started ten years earlier than Brahms' with a bit, but credited, part in A Town Like Alice (1956).
Third from right in St Trinian's
In her next film she didn't receive a credit although she was on screen quite a bit in Blue Murder at St Trinian's (1957) where she played one of the politically incorrect sixth formers. Her exotic looks and diminutive (5' 2") make her easy to spot.
Centre in another St Trinian's publicity shot
Strangely, although she is often on screen in the first two thirds of the film in the last part, where the girls go to Rome, she has disappeared from the group of sixth-formers causing havoc on the continent.
Advertising carpets in 1967
She had a number of parts in films after this, usually playing a Chinese girl, including an appearance in The World of Suzie Wong (1960).
Carrying a blue feathered staff in Carry on up the Jungle
After 2001 more TV followed before another background part in Carry On up the Jungle (1970) where she played a Hammer cavegirl type member of the Lubby-Dubby tribe under Queen Valerie Leon.
Edwina on the cover of Parade, April 1970
Her final screen appearance also had a space theme, as she was in an episode of Gerry Anderson's UFO in 1970. After this, like Penny Brahms she simply disappeared from view. Perhaps they were both abducted by aliens?