Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills (born 18 April 1946) is an English actress. The daughter of Sir John Mills and Mary Hayley Bell, and younger sister of actress Juliet Mills, Mills began her acting career as a child and was hailed as a promising newcomer, winning the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in the British crime drama film Tiger Bay (1959), the Academy Juvenile Award for Disney's Pollyanna (1960) and Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress in 1961. During her early career, she appeared in six films for Walt Disney, including her dual role as twins Susan and Sharon in the Disney film The Parent Trap (1961). Her performance in Whistle Down the Wind (a 1961 adaptation of the novel written by her mother) saw Mills nominated for BAFTA Award for Best British Actress.
During the late 1960s Mills began performing in theatrical plays, and played in more mature roles. The age of contracts with studios soon passed. For her success with Disney she received the Disney Legend Award. Although she has not maintained the box office success or the Hollywood A-list she experienced as a child actress, she has continued to make films and TV appearances, including a starring role in the UK television mini-series The Flame Trees of Thika in 1981, the title role in Disney's television series Good Morning, Miss Bliss in 1988, and as Caroline, a main character in Wild at Heart (2007–2012) on ITV in the UK.
Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills
18 April 1946
|Education||Elmhurst Ballet School|
(m. 1971; div. 1977)
|Partner(s)||Leigh Lawson (1975–1984)|
Firdous Bamji (1997–present)
|Children||2, including Crispian Mills|
|Parent(s)||Sir John Mills|
Mary Hayley Bell
|Relatives||Juliet Mills (sister)|
Mills was born in Marylebone, London. She was 12 when she was discovered by J. Lee Thompson, who was initially looking for a boy to play the lead role in Tiger Bay, which co-starred her father, veteran British actor Sir John Mills. The movie was popular at the box office in Britain.
Bill Anderson, one of Walt Disney's producers, saw Tiger Bay and suggested that Mills be given the lead role in Pollyanna. The role of the orphaned "glad girl" who moves in with her aunt catapulted Mills to stardom in the United States and earned her a special Academy Award (the last person to receive the Juvenile Oscar). Because Mills could not be present to receive the trophy, Annette Funicello accepted it for her.
Disney subsequently cast Mills as twins Sharon and Susan who reunite their divorced parents in The Parent Trap. In the film, Mills sings "Let's Get Together" as a duet with herself. The film was a hit around the world, reaching number 8 on a US TOP TEN list.
Mills received an offer to make a film in Britain for Bryan Forbes, Whistle Down the Wind (1961), about some children who believe an escaped convict is Jesus. It was a hit at the British box office and Mills was voted the biggest star in Britain for 1961.
Mills returned to Disney for an adventure film, In Search of the Castaways (1962) based on a novel by Jules Verne. It was another popular success and Mills would be voted the fifth biggest star in the country for the next two years.
Ross Hunter hired her for a British-American production, The Chalk Garden (1964), playing a girl who torments governess Deborah Kerr. Back at Disney she was in a film about jewel thieves, The Moon-Spinners (1964), getting her first on screen kiss from Peter McEnery.
Mills had a change of pace with Sky West and Crooked (1965), set in the world of gypsies, written by her mother and directed by her father. It was not very popular. In contrast, her last film with Disney, the comedy That Darn Cat!, did very well at the box office.
During her six-year run at Disney, Mills was arguably the most popular child actress of the era. Critics noted that America's favourite child star was, in fact, quite British and very ladylike. The success of "Let's Get Together" (which hit No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, No. 17 in Britain and No. 1 in Mexico) also led to the release of a record album on Disney's Buena Vista label, Let's Get Together with Hayley Mills, which also included her only other hit song, "Johnny Jingo" (Billboard No. 21, 1962). In 1962 British exhibitors voted her the most popular film actress in the country.
For Universal, Mills made another movie with her father, The Truth About Spring (1965), co-starring Disney regular James MacArthur as her love interest. It was mildly popular. However The Trouble with Angels (1966), was a huge hit; Mills played as a prankish Catholic boarding school girl with "scathingly brilliant" schemes, opposite screen veteran Rosalind Russell, and directed by another Hollywood veteran, Ida Lupino. She then provided a voice for The Daydreamer (1966).
Shortly thereafter, Mills appeared alongside her father and Hywel Bennett in director Roy Boulting's critically acclaimed film The Family Way (1966), a comedy about a couple having difficulty consummating their marriage, featuring a score by Paul McCartney and arrangements by Beatles producer George Martin. She began a romantic relationship with Roy Boulting, and they eventually married in 1971.
Mills made another movie for Boulting, the controversial horror thriller Twisted Nerve in 1968, along with her Family Way co-star Hywel Bennett. She made a comedy, Take a Girl Like You (1970) with Oliver Reed, and made her West End debut in The Wild Duck in 1970. She worked for Boulting again on Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971), replacing the original female lead.
In 1972 Mills again acted opposite Hywel Bennett in Endless Night along with Britt Ekland, Per Oscarsson and George Sanders. It is based on the novel Endless Night by Agatha Christie. She made two films for Sidney Hayers, What Changed Charley Farthing? (1974) and Deadly Strangers (1975). After The Kingfisher Caper in 1975, co-written by Boulting, Mills dropped out of the film industry for a few years.
In 1981 Mills returned to acting with a starring role in the UK television mini-series The Flame Trees of Thika, based on Elspeth Huxley's memoir of her childhood in East Africa. The series was well received, prompting Mills to accept more acting roles. She then returned to America and made two appearances on The Love Boat.
Always welcomed at Disney, Mills narrated an episode of The Wonderful World of Disney, sparking renewed interest in her Disney work. In 1985, Mills was originally considered to voice Princess Eilonwy in Disney's 25th animated feature film The Black Cauldron but was later replaced by the veteran British voice actress Susan Sheridan. Later, Mills reprised her roles as twins Sharon and Susan for a trio of Parent Trap television films: The Parent Trap II, Parent Trap III, and Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon. Mills also starred as the title character in the Disney Channel-produced television series Good Morning, Miss Bliss in 1987. The show was cancelled after 13 episodes and the rights were acquired by NBC, which reformatted Good Morning, Miss Bliss into Saved by the Bell. In recognition of her work with The Walt Disney Company, Mills was awarded the Disney Legends award in 1998.
Mills recalled her childhood in the 2000 documentary film Sir John Mills' Moving Memories which was directed by Marcus Dillistone and written by her brother Jonathan. In 2005 Mills appeared in the acclaimed short film, Stricken, written and directed by Jayce Bartok. In 2007 she began appearing as Caroline in the ITV1 African vet drama, Wild at Heart; her sister Juliet Mills was a guest star in series 4 of the drama.
In 2010 Mills appeared in Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure, based on one of the popular Mandie novels of Lois Gladys Leppard.
Mills made her stage debut in a 1966 West End revival of Peter Pan. In 2000 she made her Off-Broadway debut in Sir Noël Coward's Suite in Two Keys, opposite American actress Judith Ivey, for which she won a Theatre World Award. In 1991 she appeared as Anna Leonowens in the Australian production of The King and I. In December 2007, for their annual birthday celebration of "The Master", The Noël Coward Society invited Mills as the guest celebrity to lay flowers in front of Coward's statue at New York's Gershwin Theatre, thereby commemorating the 108th birthday of Sir Noel.
In 1966 while filming The Family Way, the 20-year-old Mills met 53-year-old director Roy Boulting. The two married in 1971, and owned a flat in London's Chelsea. They later purchased Cobstone Windmill in Ibstone, Buckinghamshire. Their son, Crispian Mills, is the lead singer and guitarist for the raga rock band Kula Shaker. The couple divorced in 1977.
Mills had involvement with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (the "Hare Krishna" movement). She wrote the preface to the book, The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking, published in 1984. However, in a 1997 article of People magazine, Mills stated that "she is 'not a part of Hare Krishna', though she delved into Hinduism and her own Christianity for guidance."
In 1988 Mills co-edited, with Marcus Maclaine, the book My God, which consisted of brief letters from celebrities on their beliefs, or lack thereof, regarding God and the afterlife. Mills has been a pescetarian since the late 1990s.
On 18 April 2008, Mills was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery and started, but quickly abandoned, chemotherapy after only three sessions due to the severity of side effects. Mills credits her survival to the alternative treatments she tried out. She told Good Housekeeping magazine in January 2012 that she had fully recovered.
Mills is a trustee of the children's arts charity Anno's Africa.
References to Mills sometimes appear in fiction and music. The 1985 song 'Goodbye Lucille' by the British band Prefab Sprout refers in passing to Mills.
|1959||Tiger Bay||Gillie Evans||Won BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles|
|1960||Pollyanna||Pollyanna Whittier||Won an Academy Juvenile Award|
|1961||The Parent Trap||Susan Evers / Sharon McKendrick|
|1961||Whistle Down the Wind||Kathy Bostock|
|1962||In Search of the Castaways||Mary Grant|
|1963||Summer Magic||Nancy Carey|
|1964||The Chalk Garden||Laurel|
|1964||The Moon-Spinners||Nikky Ferris|
|1965||The Truth About Spring||Spring Tyler||Alternate titles: The Pirates of Spring Cove and Miss Jude|
|1965||Sky West and Crooked||Brydie White||Alternate title: Gypsy Girl|
|1965||That Darn Cat!||Patricia "Patti" Randall|
|1966||The Trouble with Angels||Mary Clancy|
|1966||The Daydreamer||The Little Mermaid||Voice role|
|1966||The Family Way||Jenny Fitton|
|1967||Pretty Polly||Polly Barlow||Alternate title: A Matter of Innocence|
|1968||Twisted Nerve||Susan Harper|
|1970||Take a Girl Like You||Jenny Bunn|
|1971||Mr. Forbush and the Penguins||Tara St. John Luke||Alternate title: Cry of the Penguins|
|1972||Endless Night||Fenella 'Ellie' Thomsen|
|1975||Deadly Strangers||Belle Adams|
|1975||The Kingfisher Caper||Tracey Van Der Byl||Alternate title: Diamond Hunters and Diamond Lust|
|1974||What Changed Charley Farthing?||Jenny||Alternate title: The Bananas Boat|
|1988||Appointment with Death||Miss Quinton|
|1990||After Midnight||Sally Ryan|
|1994||A Troll in Central Park||Hillary||Voice role|
|2010||Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure||Mary Elizabeth Taft|
|2011||Foster||Mrs. Lange||Alternate title: Angel in the House|
|1974||Thriller||Samantha Miller||Episode: "Only a Scream Away"|
|1979||The Love Boat||Cheryl Tyson||Episode: "Designated Lover"|
|1980||Saturday Night at the Mill||Herself - Guest host|
|1980||The Love Boat||Leila Stanhope||Episode: "Haven't We Met Before?"|
|1981||The Flame Trees of Thika||Tilly Grant||Miniseries (7 episodes)|
|1983||Tales of the Unexpected||Claire Hawksworth||Episode: "A Sad Loss"|
|1984||The Storybook Series with Hayley Mills||Herself - Host||13 episodes|
|1985||The Love Boat||Dianne Tipton||Episodes: "The Perfect Divorce" (Parts 1 & 2)|
|1986||The Parent Trap II||Susan Carey / Sharon Ferris||Movie|
|1986||Murder, She Wrote||Cynthia Tate||Episode: "Unfinished Business"|
|1986||Amazing Stories||Joan Simmons||Episode: "The Greibble"|
|1987–89||Good Morning, Miss Bliss||Miss Carrie Bliss||Main role (14 episodes)|
|1989||Parent Trap III||Susan Evers / Sharon Grand||Movie|
|1989||Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon||Susan Wyatt / Sharon Grand||Movie|
|1990||Back Home||Mrs. Peggy Dickinson||Movie|
|2007–12||Wild at Heart||Caroline Du Plessis||Regular role (39 episodes)|
|2014||Midsomer Murders||Lizzy Thornfield||Episode: "Wild Harvest"|
|2014||Moving On||Madge||Episode: "Madge"|
|2019||Pitching In||Iona||Main cast|
|1969||Peter Pan||Peter Pan|
|1970||The Wild Duck||Hedvig|
|1972||Trelawny of the 'Wells'||Rose Trelawny|
|1975||A Touch of Spring||Alison|
|1977||Rebecca||Mrs. De Winter|
|1978||My Fat Friend|
|1979||The Importance of Being Earnest||Gwendolina|
|1980||The Summer Party|
|1983||Dial M for Murder||Margot Wendice|
|1985||Toys in the Attic||Carrie|
|1991||The Kidnap Game|
|1991||The King and I||Anna|
|1994||A Midsummer Night's Dream|
|1994||The Card||Countess of Chell|
|1997||The King and I||Anna|
|2000||Two Can Play|
|2015||Legends!||Leatrice Monsee||With Juliet Mills|
|1959||Berlin International Film Festival||Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize of the Jury||Tiger Bay||Won|
|1959||BAFTA Awards||Most Promising Newcomer to Film||Tiger Bay||Won|
|1961||BAFTA Awards||Best British Actress||Pollyanna||Nominated|
|1961||Laurel Awards||Top Female New Personality||Won|
|1961||Academy Award||Juvenile Award||Pollyanna||Won|
|1961||Golden Globe Award||Most Promising Newcomer – Female||Won|
|1962||Golden Globe Award||Best Motion Picture Actress – Musical/Comedy||The Parent Trap||Nominated|
|1962||BAFTA Awards||Best British Actress||Whistle Down the Wind||Nominated|
|1964||Golden Globe Award||Best Motion Picture Actress – Musical/Comedy||Summer Magic||Nominated|
John Edward Boulting (21 November 1913 – 17 June 1985) and Roy Alfred Clarence Boulting (21 November 1913 – 5 November 2001), known collectively as the Boulting brothers, were English filmmakers and identical twins who became known for their popular series of satirical comedies in the 1950s and 1960s. They produced many of their films through their own production company, Charter Film Productions, which they set up in 1937.Deadly Strangers
Deadly Strangers is a 1975 British psychological thriller film directed by Sidney Hayers and starring Hayley Mills, Simon Ward and Sterling Hayden.Good Morning, Miss Bliss
Good Morning, Miss Bliss (also known as Saved by the Bell: The Junior High Years) is an American teen sitcom that aired on the Disney Channel from 1988 to 1989 (and later in syndication as part of the Saved by the Bell rerun package), starring Hayley Mills as a teacher at John F. Kennedy Junior High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. After one season on the air on the Disney Channel the show was retooled as Saved by the Bell, which aired on NBC.
The show was the first program produced by a major television network for cable TV, in this case NBC having produced it for the Disney Channel.Hayley
Hayley (pronounced ) is an English given name.
It is derived from the English surname Haley, which in turn was based on an Old English toponym, a compound of heg "hay" and leah "clearing or meadow".While it can be used for males, Hayley is most commonly a female given name. This use became popular following the surge to prominence of child actress Hayley Mills (b. 1946), but the name was not used with any frequency prior to the 1980s. Its popularity saw a sudden peak during the 1990s, but since the 2000s has again declined significantly. Hayley is one of the top 1,500 female names in the US today.In Search of the Castaways (film)
In Search of the Castaways is a 1962 Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Hayley Mills and Maurice Chevalier in a tale about a worldwide search for a shipwrecked sea captain. The film was directed by Robert Stevenson from a screenplay by Lowell S. Hawley freely based upon Jules Verne's 1868 adventure novel Captain Grant's Children. The film was Mills' third of six for the Disney Studios.Let's Get Together (Hayley Mills song)
"Let's Get Together" is a song written by Robert and Richard Sherman for the 1961 Disney film The Parent Trap. It was sung in the film by teen actress Hayley Mills, using double-tracking because she played both the roles of twin sisters, which was a technical feat in the early 1960s. Her British accent is only heard in the spoken line which concludes the bridge section: "Nothing could be greater, say 'Hey Alligator'!!!"
Annette Funicello and Tommy Sands also did a version of the song in the film, which is heard during the dance at the summer camp.
When released on disc, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1961 (b/w "Cobbler, Cobbler") and went on to become a top 10 hit, peaking at number 8. The credit on the single reads "Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills", a tongue-in-cheek reference to Mills apparently singing a duet with herself. Released in the UK, it reached the top 20, peaking at number 17. In 1963, the song reached #1 in Mexico. The song's success led Mills to record an album, Let's Get Together with Hayley Mills, which included "Let's Get Together" and Mills' only other hit song, "Johnny Jingo."
A homage to the original appeared in the 1998 remake of the film, with Lindsay Lohan singing the title line, and Nobody's Angel performing the soundtrack version.A Spanish-language cover of the song, titled "Vayamos Juntos" and recorded by Las Hermanas Jiménez, was one of the most successful recordings of 1963 in that country.The Go-Go's performed a cover on DisneyMania 5 and a live version recorded by Oh-OK is compiled on The Complete Recordings.Mr. Forbush and the Penguins
Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (also known as Cry of the Penguins) is a 1971 British film, directed by Arne Sucksdorff, Alfred Viola and Roy Boulting. It stars John Hurt, Hayley Mills, Dudley Sutton and Tony Britton.It was also known as Cry of the Penguins.Pretty Polly (film)
Pretty Polly (also known as A Matter of Innocence) is a 1967 British film, directed by Guy Green and based on the short story, Pretty Polly Barlow, by Noël Coward. It stars Hayley Mills, Shashi Kapoor, Trevor Howard, and Brenda De Banzie. The film is largely set in Singapore.Summer Magic
Summer Magic is a 1963 Walt Disney Productions family musical film directed by James Neilson, and starring Hayley Mills, Burl Ives, and Dorothy McGuire in a story about an early 1900s Boston widow and her children taking up residence in a small town in Maine. The film was based on the novel Mother Carey's Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin. It was the fourth of six films that Mills appeared in for Disney, and the young actress received a Golden Globe nomination for her work.
Mills later said it was the worst of the movies she made for Disney.Take a Girl Like You (film)
Take a Girl Like You is a 1970 British comedy film directed by Jonathan Miller and starring Hayley Mills, Oliver Reed and Noel Harrison. Based on the 1960 novel Take a Girl Like You by Kingsley Amis, it was adapted by George Melly.A television adaptation was broadcast in 2000.The Chalk Garden (film)
The Chalk Garden is a 1964 British-American film directed by Ronald Neame. It stars Deborah Kerr and Hayley Mills and is an adaptation of the 1955 play of the same name by Enid Bagnold. DVD Release 1.10.14The Family Way
The Family Way is a 1966 British comedy-drama film about the marital difficulties of a young newlywed couple living in a crowded house with the husband's family. Based on Bill Naughton's play All in Good Time (1963), the film began life in 1961 as a television play, Honeymoon Postponed.The film was produced and directed by John and Roy Boulting, respectively, and starred father and daughter John Mills and Hayley Mills. Naughton adapted the play himself.The Kingfisher Caper
The Kingfisher Caper (released as Diamond Hunters in South Africa and as Diamond Lust on video) is a 1975 South African film directed by Dirk DeVilliers for Kavalier Films Ltd. It stars Hayley Mills (as Tracey van der Byl), David McCallum (Benedict van der Byl), Jon Cypher (Johnny Lance), Volente Bertotti (Ruby Lance), Barry Trengove (Cappy) and Bill McNaught (Hendrich van der Byl).The Moon-Spinners
The Moon-Spinners is a 1964 American Walt Disney Productions action adventure feature film starring Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach and Peter McEnery in a story about a jewel thief hiding on the island of Crete. The film was based upon a 1962 suspense novel by Mary Stewart and was directed by James Neilson. The Moon-Spinners was Mills' fifth of six films for Disney, and featured the legendary silent film actress Pola Negri in her final screen performance.The Parent Trap (1961 film)
The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney Technicolor film. It stars Hayley Mills (in a dual role), Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith in a story about teenage twins on a quest to reunite their divorced parents. The screenplay by the film's director David Swift was based upon the 1949 book Lottie and Lisa (German: Das Doppelte Lottchen) by Erich Kästner. The Parent Trap was nominated for two Academy Awards, was broadcast on television, saw three television sequels, was remade in 1998 with Lindsay Lohan, and has been released on digital stereo LaserDisc format in 1986 as well as VHS and DVD in 2002. The original film was Mills' second of six films for Disney.The Truth About Spring
The Truth about Spring (also known as The Pirates of Spring Cove or Miss Jude) is a 1965 film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Hayley Mills, John Mills and James MacArthur. It is a romantic comedy adventure. It was released by Universal.Tiger Bay (1959 film)
Tiger Bay is a 1959 British crime drama film based on the short story "Rodolphe et le Revolver" by Noel Calef. It was directed by J. Lee Thompson, produced by John Hawkesworth, and co-written by John Hawkesworth and Shelley Smith (pseudonym of Nancy Hermione Bodington). It stars John Mills as a police superintendent investigating a murder; his real life daughter Hayley Mills, in her first major film role, as a girl who witnesses the murder; and Horst Buchholz as a young sailor who commits the murder in a moment of passion.
The film was shot mostly on location in the Tiger Bay district of Cardiff, at Newport Transporter Bridge in Newport (12 miles from Cardiff) and at Avonmouth Docks in Bristol. It features many authentic scenes of the children's street culture and the black street culture of the time, along with many dockside shots and scenes in real pubs and the surrounding countryside. It marks a vital transitional moment in the move towards the British New Wave cinema exemplified a few years later by A Taste of Honey.What Changed Charley Farthing?
What Changed Charley Farthing? (also known as The Bananas Boat), is a 1974 British comedy film directed by Sidney Hayers and starring Doug McClure, Lionel Jeffries, and Hayley Mills.Whistle Down the Wind (film)
Whistle Down the Wind is a 1961 British film, directed by Bryan Forbes, and with screenplay by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall. The film is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Mary Hayley Bell, and stars her daughter, Hayley Mills. Mills was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Actress. In 2005, the British Film Institute included it in their list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.
Awards for Hayley Mills