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Born: December 31, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Essex, England, GB Profession: actor, singer, author

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As talented as she was unconventional, British Actress Sarah Miles rose to the forefront of the British New Wave movement in films opposite Sir Laurence Olivier and Robert Shaw, and under such renowned directors as David Lean and Michelangelo Antonioni. She garnered critical acclaim in various London stage productions prior to miraculously landing her film debut as a co-star opposite her screen idol Olivier in the psycho-sexual drama "Term of Trial" (1962). Miles' torrid affair with Oliver - a then-married man old enough to be her father - would be one of many trysts carried on with some of film's biggest names throughout the years. Other projects like "The Servant" (1963), "The Ceremony" (1963), and "Ryan's Daughter" (1970) threatened to typecast her as a habitual adulteress, a trend only bolstered by the details of her personal affairs. Her turn opposite Burt Reynolds in "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" (1973) was overshadowed by the suspicious death of her personal manager on location, just as he admirable work opposite Kris Kristofferson in "The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea" (1976) was eclipsed by her and her co-star's onscreen nudity. After a rough patch, both personally and...

As talented as she was unconventional, British Actress Sarah Miles rose to the forefront of the British New Wave movement in films opposite Sir Laurence Olivier and Robert Shaw, and under such renowned directors as David Lean and Michelangelo Antonioni. She garnered critical acclaim in various London stage productions prior to miraculously landing her film debut as a co-star opposite her screen idol Olivier in the psycho-sexual drama "Term of Trial" (1962). Miles' torrid affair with Oliver - a then-married man old enough to be her father - would be one of many trysts carried on with some of film's biggest names throughout the years. Other projects like "The Servant" (1963), "The Ceremony" (1963), and "Ryan's Daughter" (1970) threatened to typecast her as a habitual adulteress, a trend only bolstered by the details of her personal affairs. Her turn opposite Burt Reynolds in "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" (1973) was overshadowed by the suspicious death of her personal manager on location, just as he admirable work opposite Kris Kristofferson in "The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea" (1976) was eclipsed by her and her co-star's onscreen nudity. After a rough patch, both personally and professionally, Miles gained a bit of much deserved respectability with more mature performances in films that included "Steaming" (1984) and "Hope and Glory" (1987). Although largely retired by the late-1990s, Miles continued to entertain with a series of tell-all memoirs, proving that real life can indeed often be more entertaining and salacious the anything committed to film.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jurij (2001) Isabelle'S Boss
2.
 Silent Touch, The (1992) Helena Kesdi
4.
 Ghost In Monte Carlo, A (1990) Aunt Emilie
5.
 White Mischief (1988) Alice De Fanze
6.
 Hope and Glory (1987) Grace Rohan
7.
 Ordeal By Innocence (1985) Mary Durrant
8.
 Steaming (1985) Sarah
9.
 Loving Walter (1983) June
10.
 Venom (1981) Dr Marion Stowe
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Milestones close milestones

1961:
London stage debut, "Dazzling Prospect"
1962:
Feature film debut, "Term of Trial", as a precocious student who accuses her schoolmaster (Laurence Olivier) of sexual misconduct
1963:
Thrust sexual appetite into British films as Vera in Joseph Losey's "The Servant", scripted by Harold Pinter
1964:
Became a member of the National Theatre Company, appearing in "The Recruiting Officer" and Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"
1965:
Portrayed Robert Morley's daughter in "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines"
1965:
Played an Irish innocent in Desmond Davis' "I Was Happy Here"
1966:
Acted in Michelangelo Antonioni's "Blow-Up"
1967:
First starred as Mary of Scotland in husband Robert Bolt's "Vivat! Vivat Regina!" at the Chichester Festival
1970:
Starred opposite Robert Mitchum in David Lean's "Ryan's Daughter", written by Bolt; earned Oscar nomination as Best Actress
1970:
Reprised Mary of Scotland for London production of "Vivat! Vivat Regina!"
1972:
Portrayed title role in Bolt's sole directorial effort, "Lady Caroline Lamb"
1972:
Broadway debut, "Vivat! Vivat Regina!"
1973:
After conducting an affair with her chauffeur (Robert Shaw) in Alan Bridges' "The Hireling", her aristocratic character terminated it, deeming love between their unequal stations impossible
1973:
Acted opposite Burt Reynolds (his first big role) in "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing"; the death of her business manager David Whiting during filming brought her adverse publicity
1974:
American TV debut as Estella in "Great Expectations" (NBC)
1976:
As a sex-starved widow in "The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea", adapted from a novel by Yukio Mishima, participated in extremely explicit love scenes with Kris Kristofferson
1976:
Headlined ABC miniseries "James Michener's 'Dynasty'"
1978:
Performed one-woman show "Sarah Miles Is Me" at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre
1980:
Acted in brother Christopher's "Priest of Love"
1982:
Reteamed with Mitchum for "The Big Sleep"
1985:
Reunited with director Davis for disappointing Agatha Christie adaptation "Ordeal by Innocence", featuring Christopher Plummer
1985:
Acted in Joseph Losey's final film, "Steaming"
1986:
Joined Omar Sharif and Ava Gardner in the cast of the ABC miniseries "Harem", playing Lady Ashley
1987:
Played the mother in John Boorman's "Hope and Glory", nominated for an Academy Award as Best Picture
1987:
Acted in and performed the song "The Alphabet Soup" for Michael Radford's "White Mischief"
1987:
Portrayed another Lady (Sybil) for ABC miniseries "Queenie"
1990:
TNT movie "A Ghost in Monte Carlo" reteamed her with co-star Christopher Plummer
1994:
Played Katherine Armstrong in "Masterpiece Theatre" presentation of "Dandelion Dead" (PBS)
1998:
Returned to the boards with the one-woman song-fest, "The Widow Smiles"
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Education

Roedean School: - 1950 - 1953
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1956 - 1958

Notes

About how the media found out about her urine drinking--a health cure she learned about in Los Angeles: "I didn't tell the whole world. The whole world was told for me, by Robert Mitchum. He gave a dinner party on 'Ryan's Daughter' and I arrived early and saw these lobsters. Well, have you ever seen lobsters in a tank, really looked in their eyes? Because they're so witty, so wise-looking. I just took them out--he lived right on the coast and I let them go. When I got back, it was unbelievable. He said: 'You fuckin' bitch, I'll git you fer this one day.'"

When the journalists rang her: "I didn't lie because every time I drank some, I'd remember the lie. But I wish I had. It destroyed me. People walked around me like a bag lady." --Sarah Miles, THE OBSERVER, November 15, 1998

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Laurence Olivier. Actor. Encouraged her to write and gave her permission to reveal their affair: "He got careless in the end; he was a Lord by then, he didn't give a damn".
husband:
Robert Bolt. Playwright, screenwriter, director. Married in 1967; divorced in 1976; remarried from 1988 until his death in February 1995.
companion:
Steven Spielberg. Director. Had relationship in the mid-1970s; Miles reportedly became pregnant and chose to terminate the pregnancy.

Family close complete family listing

father:
John Miles. Engineer. Leading designer of steel mills.
mother:
Vanessa Miles.
brother:
Christopher Miles. Director. Directed Sarah in the 1963 short film "The Six-Sided Triangle"; born in 1939.
son:
Thomas Bolt. Watch restorer. Born c. 1967.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"A Right Royal Bastard"
"Serves Me Right"
"Bolt From the Blue"
"Beautiful Morning" Orion Books
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