Lois Chiles

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Lois Chiles
Lois Cleveland Chiles

(1947-04-15) April 15, 1947 (age 73)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActress, model
Years active1972–2006
m. 2005; his death 2020)

Lois Cleveland Chiles (born April 15, 1947)[1] is an American actress and former fashion model known for her roles as Dr. Holly Goodhead in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker, and as a hit-and-run driver in 1987's Creepshow 2, as well as such films as The Great Gatsby, The Way We Were, Death on the Nile, and Broadcast News.

Early life[edit]

Chiles was born in Houston, the daughter of Marion Clay Chiles and Barbara Wayne Kirkland Chiles. Her paternal uncle was oil tycoon and Texas Rangers owner Eddie Chiles.[2][3] She had two brothers: Clay Kirkland Chiles (died 1979[4]), and William Edmonds Chiles, president and CEO of Bristow Group, Inc. She was raised in Alice, Texas.

Chiles studied at the University of Texas at Austin and the former Finch College in New York City, where she was discovered by a Glamour editor looking for a young woman to feature on the cover of the magazine's annual college issue.[1] She landed the job and soon had contracts with Wilhelmina Models in New York and Elite Models in Paris. Later, she studied acting under Roy London.[5] She dated Don Henley but the relationship ended, and in 2005, she married money manager Richard Gilder.[6] They are both honorary co-chairs of Northfield Mount Hermon, a school in Massachusetts. Gilder donated money to the school and they named the Chiles Theater after her.[7]


In the early 1970s, Chiles enjoyed a successful modeling career. She made her big-screen debut in Together for Days in 1972, followed by 1973's The Way We Were, in which she played opposite Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand, as Carol Ann, the college sweetheart of Redford's character. She was then cast as Jordan Baker in 1974's The Great Gatsby, alongside Mia Farrow and, again, Robert Redford.[8]

In 1978, she appeared in the film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile as the murder victim Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, and in 1979, she appeared in what is perhaps her most famous role, that of NASA astronaut, scientist and Bond girl Dr. Holly Goodhead opposite Roger Moore's James Bond in Moonraker. It was Moore's fourth performance as Bond, the final 1970's Bond film, and the third (and final) Bond film that Lewis Gilbert directed, following You Only Live Twice (1967, Sean Connery) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977, Roger Moore). Chiles had initially been approached to star in the previous Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, but she declined the role as she was taking a break from acting at the time.[1] She also appeared in a small role in the noted thriller Coma (1978), one of the many films in which she played a murder victim.[9]

Chiles lost her youngest brother to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1979, which contributed to her decision to take a three-year hiatus from acting just as her career seemed to be blossoming. Her film career never fully recovered, and she struggled to find roles of the caliber she had previously enjoyed, although film critic Pauline Kael gave her good notices for her performances in Alan Alda's Sweet Liberty (1986).[citation needed] Her portrayal of reporter Jennifer Mack in James L. Brooks' Broadcast News (1987) was also well received, as was her turn in George A. Romero's horror flick Creepshow 2 in 1987, as a hit-and-run driver.[10] In 1989, she appeared uncredited in a short but effective cameo as the estranged mother of Ione Skye's character in Say Anything... (1989).[8]

She has since appeared as a stuffy high-school principal in the 1996 Disney film Wish Upon a Star, and as a frightened cruise passenger in the critically panned Speed 2: Cruise Control in 1997. She made a cameo appearance in the international release of the 1997 Bond spoof Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, though her scene was cut in the United States release.[8]

She has worked in television, playing J.R. Ewing's love interest Holly Harwood in the 1982–1983 season of Dallas and guest appearances in series such as Hart to Hart (as a psychotic split-personality model), In the Heat of the Night, Murder, She Wrote, and The Nanny (with another Bond girl, Ivana Miličević). Later career high points included the indie films Diary of a Hitman (1991) and Curdled (1996).[1] In 2005, friend Quentin Tarantino, with whom she had previously worked on the set of Curdled, recruited her to appear in the two-episode finale of season five of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which he wrote and directed.[8]

In the spring of 2002, she taught a course in film acting at the University of Houston.[5] Unlike some "Bond girls", Chiles has said that "being a Bond girl is a fun way to be remembered", although she jokes that being asked to sigh "Oh, James" is as annoying as "you can't live up to people's fantasies".[11]


Year Title Role Notes
1972 Together for Days Shelley
1973 The Way We Were Carol Ann
1974 The Great Gatsby Jordan Baker
1978 Coma Nancy Greenly
1978 Death on the Nile Linnet Ridgeway
1979 Moonraker Dr. Holly Goodhead
1981 Hart to Hart Mary Scott / Scottie TV series,Season 2(1 episode)
1982–1983 Dallas Holly Harwood TV series,Season 6(22 episode) and Season 7(2 episode)
1984 Courage Ruth
1986 Sweet Liberty Leslie
1986 Dark Mansions Jessica Drake TV movie
1987 Creepshow 2 Annie Lansing (segment "The Hitchhiker")
1987 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: A Table at Ciro's Lita Nathan TV movie
1987 Broadcast News Jennifer Mack
1989 Say Anything... Diane's Mother (uncredited)
1989 Twister Virginia
1990 Burning Bridges Claire Morgan TV movie
1990 In the Eye of the Snake Claire Anzer—Marc's Mother
1990 Murder, She Wrote Millie Bingham Stafford TV series,Season 7(1 episode)
1991 Veronica Clare TV series,Season 1(1 episode)and Season 2(1 episode)
1991 Bis ans Ende der Welt Elsa Farber
1991 Diary of a Hitman Sheila
1992 Obsessed Louise TV movie
1993 In the Heat of the Night Muriel Gray TV series,Season 6(1 episode)
1993 Civil Wars Alexandra Phelps TV series,Season 2(1 episode)
1993 Crossroads Renee TV series,Season 1(1episode)
1993 Lush Life Lucy TV movie
1994 L.A. Law Camilla Greer TV series,Season 8(1 episode)
1995 The Babysitter Bernice Holsten
1995 Flipper Allison Van Rijn TV series,Season 1(1 episode)
1996 Curdled Katrina Brandt
1996 Wish Upon a Star Mittermonster TV movie
1997 Bliss Eva
1997 The Nanny Elaine TV series,Season 4(1 episode)
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Steamrolled Henchman's Wife (uncredited)
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control Celeste
1998 Black Cat Run Ada Bronnel
2000 Eventual Wife Susan's Mother short
2002 Any Day Now Judge TV series,Season 4(1 episode)
2002 Warning: Parental Advisory Susan Baker TV movie
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jillian Stokes TV series,Season 5 (episode: "Grave Danger")
2006 Kettle of Fish Jean


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  2. ^ Profile, Yahoo.com; accessed April 9, 2016. Archived 2011-05-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "If you don't have an oil well, get one!", barrypopik.com; accessed April 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "Clay Kirkland Chiles (1954-1979)", Find a Grave; accessed January 10, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Profile, mfah.org; accessed April 9, 2016.
  6. ^ Lattman, Peter (November 7, 2012). "Lois Chiles Talks About Being a Bond Girl". New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-14. Retrieved 2017-09-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ a b c d Lois Chiles on IMDbLois Chiles on IMDb[unreliable source?]
  9. ^ Profile, Cinemorgue.com; accessed April 9, 2016.[unreliable source?]
  10. ^ Creepshow 2 review Archived 2009-02-13 at the Wayback Machine, barnesandnoble.com; accessed April 9, 2016.[unreliable source?]
  11. ^ Talking to Bond Girls Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, stumpedmagazine.com; accessed August 3, 2014.[unreliable source?]

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