Moira Lister

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Moira Lister
Moira Lister 2 Allan Warren.jpg
Born (1923-08-06)6 August 1923
Cape Town, South Africa
Died 27 October 2007(2007-10-27) (aged 84)
Cape Town, South Africa
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Jacques de Gachassin-Lafite, Vicomte d’Orthez

Moira Lister de Gachassin-Lafite, Vicomtesse d’Orthez (6 August 1923 – 27 October 2007) was an South African -born, English film, stage and television actress, and writer.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cape Town to Major James Lister and Margaret (née Hogan), Lister was educated at the Parktown Convent of the Holy Family, Johannesburg.[1]

Career[edit]

She began her acting career on stage in South Africa and then went on to act in the London theatre at the age of 18.[2] Lister began working in films in 1944, and appeared in such films as The Limping Man, The Cruel Sea and The Deep Blue Sea.

She had a regular role in the first series of the BBC radio comedy Hancock's Half Hour in 1954-55 [3] and was also one of the girl friends in A Life of Bliss starring George Cole as David Bliss, a perpetual bachelor. She starred in the BBC television series The Whitehall Worrier and The Very Merry Widow from 1967 to 1968.[4] (Later series of this programme were titled The Very Merry Widow — and How!) Lister also appeared on various other British TV series such as Danger Man. In 1980, she made a guest appearance as film star Gloria Robbins in the sitcom Only When I Laugh.

Lister was performing until three years before her death, touring with her highly successful one-woman show about Noël Coward.

Affiliations[edit]

She belonged to the British Catholic Stage Guild.

Naledi Award[edit]

She had been awarded the Naledi Award, a lifetime achievement award for her services to the theatre in South Africa.[5]

Honours[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In 1951, Moira Lister married Jacques de Gachassin-Lafite Vicomte d’Orthez, a French officer of the Spahis, owner of a champagne vineyard and hero of the Rif War; they had two daughters, Chantal and Christobel. Moira also had two grand-daughters, Christina d'Orthez and Marina d'Orthez.

Death[edit]

Moira Lister died at the age of 84 in 2007. Both she and her husband are interred in the churchyard of St Edward's Catholic church in Sutton Green, Surrey.

Publications[edit]

  • The Very Merry Moira (1971)

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moira Lister (obituary) 30 October 2007. The Telegraph.
  2. ^ Jani Allan (1980s). Face Value. Longstreet. 
  3. ^ Moira Lister (obituary) The Guardian. 30 October 2007
  4. ^ Moira Lister (obituary) The Times. 30 October 2007
  5. ^ Moira Lister (obituary) The Independent. 29 October 2007

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