Lister in 1973
6 August 1923|
Cape Town, South Africa
27 October 2007 (aged 84)|
Cape Town, South Africa
|Spouse(s)||Vicomte d’Orthez (1951–1989) (his death) (2 children)|
Moira Lister de Gachassin-Lafite, Vicomtesse d’Orthez (6 August 1923 – 27 October 2007) was a South African-born, English film, stage and television actress and writer.
Born in Cape Town to Major James Lister and Margaret (née Hogan), Lister was educated at the Parktown Convent of the Holy Family, Johannesburg. She was a theatre student of Anna Romain Hoffman, who with her husband Arthur Hoffman built up The Johannesburg Repertory Theatre.
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. Lister began working in films in 1943, and appeared in such films as The Limping Man (1953), The Cruel Sea (1953) and The Deep Blue Sea (1955).
She had a regular role in the first series of the BBC radio comedy Hancock's Half Hour in 1954–55, and was also one of the girlfriends 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. (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 and The Avengers ("The See-Through Man", 1967). In 1980, she made a guest appearance as a film star in the sitcom Only When I Laugh.
In 1946, Lister went on a date in London with Neville Heath, a former South African Air Force captain who murdered two women in London only months later. Heath was convicted after a sensational trial, and he was hanged in October 1946.
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. Lister also had two grand-daughters, Christina d'Orthez and Marina d'Orthez.
- Naledi Award, a lifetime achievement award for her services to the theatre in South Africa.
- Best Actress of the Year (1971)
- Freedom of the City of London (2000)
|1944||A Lady Surrenders||Carol|
|1945||My Ain Folk||Joan Mackenzie|
|1945||Don Chicago||Telephone Operator|
|1945||The Agitator||Joan Shackleton|
|1946||Wanted for Murder||Miss Willis||AKA, A Voice in the Night|
|1948||So Evil My Love||Kitty Feathers|
|1948||Uneasy Terms||Corinne Alardyse|
|1949||Maniacs on Wheels||Dotty Liz|
|1949||A Run for Your Money||Jo|
|1951||Files from Scotland Yard||Joanna Goring|
|1951||Pool of London||Maisie|
|1951||My Seal and Them||Diana|
|1951||White Corridors||Dolly Clark|
|1952||Something Money Can't Buy||Diana Haverstock|
|1953||The Cruel Sea||Elaine Morell|
|1953||Wicked Wife||Babs Coates|
|1953||The Limping Man||Pauline French|
|1953||Trouble in Store||Peggy Drew|
|1955||John and Julie||Dora|
|1955||The Deep Blue Sea||Dawn Maxwell|
|1957||Seven Waves Away||Edith Middleton||AKA, Abandon Ship|
|1964||The Yellow Rolls-Royce||Lady Angela St. Simeon|
|1965||Joey Boy||Lady Thameridge|
|1967||The Double Man||Mrs. Carrington|
|1973||Not Now, Darling||Maude Bodley|
|1989||Ten Little Indians||Ethel Mae Rodgers|
|1949||And So to Bed||Mrs. Pepys||TV film|
|1950||Sunday Night Theatre||Senora Maria||"The Bridge of Estaban"|
|1951||Joseph Proctor's Money||Poppy Marsh||TV film|
|1954||The Concert||Anne||TV film|
|1954||The Bear||Yelena Ivanovna Popova||TV short|
|1954||Stage by Stage||Berinthia||"The Relapse or, Virtue in Danger"|
|1956||Douglas Fairbanks Presents||Eve||"The Intruder"|
|1956||ITV Play of the Week||Letty Golightly||"The Golden Cuckoo"|
|1957||ITV Play of the Week||Maggie Palmer||"His and Hers"|
|1957||Armchair Theatre||Mathilde Loisel||"The Necklace"|
|1957||Sunday Night Theatre||Amelia Laurenson||"Mayors' Nest"|
|1957||Sunday Night Theatre||Orinthia||"The Apple Cart"|
|1960||Somerset Maugham Hour||Vesta Grange||"Flotsam and Jetsam"|
|1960||Theatre Night||Nell Nash||"The Gazebo"|
|1961||Danger Man||Vanessa Stewart||"Find and Return"|
|1961||ITV Play of the Week||Louise Yeyder||"Gilt and Gingerbread"|
|1963||Zero One||Mrs. Grey||"The Golden Silence"|
|1964||Thursday Theatre||Laura Foster||"Simon and Laura"|
|1966||Danger Man||Claudia Jordan||"The Hunting Party"|
|1966||Theatre 625||Laura Foster||"Simon and Laura"|
|1966||Comedy Playhouse||Janet Pugh||"The Mallard Imaginaire"|
|1966||Major Barbara||Lady Britomart||TV film|
|1967||The Avengers||Elena||"The See-Through Man"|
|1967||The Whitehall Worrier||Janet Pugh||TV series|
|1967–68||The Very Merry Widow||Jacqui Villiers||TV series|
|1968||A Touch of Venus||Emma Grant||"Desmond"|
|1968||The Sex Game||Mimsy||"The Lovemakers"|
|1969||Love Story||Ariade||"The Dolly Spike"|
|1969||The Very Merry Widow and How||Jacqui Villiers||TV series|
|1973||Late Night Theatre||Vicky Labone||"She'll Have to Go"|
|1980||Life Begins at Forty||Gertie||"The Christening"|
|1980||Only When I Laugh||Gloria||"Whatever Happened to Gloria Robins?"|
|1984||Hayfever||Judith Bliss||TV film|
|1987||The Finding||Gran||TV film|
|2000||The 10th Kingdom||Grandmother||TV miniseries|
|2005||Sterne über Madeira||Mutter Oberin||TV film|
- The Very Merry Moira (1971)
- "Moira Lister". The Daily Telegraph. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- Jani Allan (1980s). Face Value. Longstreet.
- Shorter, Eric (30 October 2007). "Moira Lister". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "Moira Lister". The Times. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2017.(subscription required)
- Lister, Moira (1 December 1969). The Very Merry Widow Moira. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 9780340106327.
- O'Connor, Sean (27 February 2014). Handsome Brute: The True Story of a Ladykiller. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781471101359.
- "Moira Lister". The Independent. 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
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