Hayley Mills


Actor
Hayley Mills

About

Also Known As
Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills
Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
April 18, 1946

Biography

The middle child of actor John Mills and writer Mary Hayley Bell, blonde, blue-eyed Hayley Mills became the epitome of English wholesomeness in the early 1960s in a series of Disney films. She first came to attention with a highly-praised turn as a pre-teen murder witness in "Tiger Bay" (1959), opposite her father. Based on this strong debut, Walt Disney signed Mills to a five-year contr...

Photos & Videos

In Search of the Castaways - Movie Posters
The Parent Trap - Movie Poster
Pollyanna (1960) - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Roy Boulting
Husband
Producer, director. Married in 1971; separated in 1975; divorced in 1977; born in 1913.
Leigh Lawson
Companion
Actor. Father of Mills' son Jason; together in the early 1980s; later married actress-model Twiggy.
Marcus Mclaine
Companion
Musician. Brother of actor Maxwell Caulfield (who is married to Mills' sister); no longer together; born c. 1963.

Bibliography

"My God: Letters from the Famous on God and the Life Hereafter
collected and edited by Hayley Mills and Marcus Maclaine, Pelham Books (1988)

Biography

The middle child of actor John Mills and writer Mary Hayley Bell, blonde, blue-eyed Hayley Mills became the epitome of English wholesomeness in the early 1960s in a series of Disney films. She first came to attention with a highly-praised turn as a pre-teen murder witness in "Tiger Bay" (1959), opposite her father. Based on this strong debut, Walt Disney signed Mills to a five-year contract, putting her in a series of sweet, ingratiating innocents ranging from "Pollyanna" (1960), for which she earned a special juvenile Academy Award to a dual role of twins trying to reunite their divorced parents in "The Parent Trap" (1961). She also co-starred as one of three children who discover an escaped convict and believe he is Jesus Christ in Bryan Forbes' "Whistle Down the Wind" (1961), adapted from a novel by her mother. After playing a perturbing student at a convent school who reforms in "The Trouble With Angels" (1966), directed by Ida Lupino, Mills shocked the Establishment and shed her pure image with a celebrated nude scene in "The Family Way" (also 1966). That she also married a man three-decades her senior, producer-director Roy Boulting, changed the direction of her career.

By the early 70s, her film career was petering out, but she found renewed success as a stage actress, appearing in the title role of "Peter Pan" (1969-70) and Chekhov's "Three Sisters" (1970). After giving birth to her first child, she returned to the stage in "A Touch of Spring" (1975-76), which introduced her to Leigh Lawson, with whom she had a romantic relationship and a second son. For much of the next two decades, Mills concentrated on stage work winning praise for her work in "Talley's Folly" (1982) and "Toys in the Attic" (1985). She continued to make appearances in small screen productions, notably as the wife and mother of a family growing coffee in Kenya in the acclaimed BBC miniseries "The Flame Trees of Thika" (shown in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in 1982) as well as guest appearances on such fodder as "The Love Boat" and "Murder, She Wrote." The 90s brought her to Australia, first as Anna in a restaging of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The King and I" (1991) and then opposite her older sister Juliet in a production of Noel Coward's "Fallen Angels" (1992). More recently, Mills traveled across North America headlining a national tour of "The King and I."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)
Herself
2 B Perfectly Honest (2004)
Terry
A Troll in Central Park (1994)
Voice
Parent Trap III (1989)
Parent Trap Hawaiian Honeymoon (1989)
Sharon Evers; Susan Evers Wyatt
Appointment with Death (1988)
Deadly Strangers (1974)
Endless Night (1972)
Ellie Thompson
Cry of the Penguins (1971)
Tara
Take a Girl Like You (1970)
Jenny
Twisted Nerve (1969)
Susan Harper
A Matter of Innocence (1968)
Polly Barlow
Africa--Texas Style! (1967)
Girl at airport
The Family Way (1967)
Jenny Piper
The Daydreamer (1966)
The Little Mermaid
The Trouble With Angels (1966)
Mary Clancy
Gypsy Girl (1966)
Brydie White
The Truth About Spring (1965)
Spring Tyler
That Darn Cat (1965)
Patti Randall
The Chalk Garden (1964)
Laurel
The Moon-Spinners (1964)
Nikky Ferris
Summer Magic (1963)
Nancy Carey
In Search of the Castaways (1962)
Mary Grant
Whistle Down the Wind (1962)
Kathy Bostock
The Parent Trap (1961)
Sharon McKendrick/Susan Evers
Pollyanna (1960)
Pollyanna [Whittier]
Tiger Bay (1959)

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)
Other

Cast (Special)

Deborah Kerr: Getting to Know Her (2000)
Child Stars: Their Story (2000)
Narrator
Hayley Mills (1999)
The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic (1994)
Backstage at Masterpiece Theatre: A 20th Anniversary Special (1991)
When We Were Young... Growing Up on the Silver Screen (1989)
Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1987)
Only a Scream Away (1974)
Samantha Miller

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Back Home (1990)
Parent Trap II (1986)
Sharon Ferris; Susan Corey

Life Events

1959

Feature film debut, "Tiger Bay"

1960

First Disney film "Pollyanna"; received juvenile Academy Award

1961

Starred in "Whistle Down the Wind," adapted from a novel by her mother Mary Hayley Bell

1961

Played a dual role as twins in "The Parent Trap"

1965

Starred in the hit family film "That Darn Cat!"

1966

Filmed first nude scene in "The Family Way"

1969

Stage acting debut in the title role of "Peter Pan" in London

1972

Last feature for 16 years, "Endless Nights"

1981

Starred in acclaimed British series "The Flame Trees of Thika" (aired in U.S. on PBS in 1982)

1982

Starred in the London production of "Talley's Folly"

1986

Reprised her childhood dual role of twins in the Disney Channel TV-movie "The Parent Trap II"

1988

Starred in the Disney Channel series "Good Morning, Miss Bliss"

1988

Returned to features in the ensemble cast of "Appointment With Death"

1989

Again reprised her dual role as twins in "Parent Trap III" and "Parent Trap Hawaiian Honeymoon" (both NBC)

1991

Toured Australia playing Anna in "The King and I"

1992

Appeared with sister Juliet in "Fallen Angels" by Noel Coward; toured Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K.

1994

Provided a character voice for the animated film "A Troll in Central Park"

2000

Made off-Broadway debut in Noel Coward's "A Suite in Two Keys"

2004

Cast in "2BPerfectlyHonest" opposite Andrew McCarthy and John Turturro

2007

Joined the cast of British drama series "Wild at Heart" (ITV)

2011

Landed supporting role in the family film "Foster"

Photo Collections

In Search of the Castaways - Movie Posters
In Search of the Castaways - Movie Posters
The Parent Trap - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Disney's The Parent Trap (1961). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Pollyanna (1960) - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Disney's Pollyanna (1960). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Trouble with Angels - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Trouble with Angels (1966), starring Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

In Search Of The Castaways (1962) - Glasgow, 1858 Opening on the Glasgow docks, Mary (Hayley Mills) and Robert (Keith Hamshere) Grant, with friend Professor Paganel (Maurice Chevalier) outwit a semi-compassionate guard (Ronald Fraser), in hopes of reaching powerful Lord Glenarvan, in Disney’s international hit In Search Of The Castaways, 1962, from the Jules Verne novel.
In Search Of The Castaways (1962) - Confounded Wharf Rats! After their long fruitless effort in South America, Ayerton (George Sanders, his first scene) observes the party led by Lord Glenarvan (Wilfrid Hyde White), with his son (Michael Anderson Jr.), professor Paganel (Maurice Chevalier) and the Grant children (Hayley Mills, Keith Hamshere) searching for their father, in Disney’s In Search Of The Castaways, 1962.
Parent Trap,. The (1961) - Serves You Right! Hayley Mills, as both Susan and Sharon, who don't yet know they're twins, get into a ruckus at the dance, featuring summer camp directors Miss Inch (Ruth McDevitt) and Mr. Eaglewood (Frank De Vol) in Disney's The Parent Trap, 1961.
Parent Trap, The (1961) - Can't, Shan't, Aren't Campers Susan and Sharon (both Hayley Mills) , having discovered they're twins, have matched haircuts and work on details as they prepare to go home to their unsuspecting divorced parents having switched places in Disney's The Parent Trap, 1961, also starring Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith.
Parent Trap, The (1961) - Hi Peanut! Hayley Mills (As Sharon, pretending to be her twin Susan) meets their dad Mitch (Brian Keith, his first scene) on her return from summer camp in Disney's The Parent Trap, 1961, also starring Maureen O'Hara.
Parent Trap, The (1961) - Welcome Home, Sharon! Hayley Mills (as Susan, pretending to be her twin Sharon) meets mother Maggie (Maureen O'Hara) and grandparents (Charlie Ruggles and Cathleen Nesbitt) for the first time in Walt Disney's The Parent Trap, 1961.
Parent Trap, The (1961) - Coming Here With Your Face! Trick photography from Lucien Ballard and director David Swift begins here, as affluent but unsuspecting twins Sharon and Susan (both Hayley Mills) meet at summer camp, Ruth McDevitt running the girls’ camp, Frank De Vol the boys’, in the Walt Disney hit The Parent Trap, 1961.
Trouble With Angels, The (1966) - Kim Novak Mary (Hayley Mills) and Rachel (June Harding) have just met en route to their new convent school, enlisting pals as they plot their first trick on Sister Clarissa (Mary Wickes) and the more imposing, top-billed Rosalind Russell (as "Mother Superior"), early in the 1966 hit The Trouble With Angels, directed by Ida Lupino.
Family Way, The (1966) - Good Contest After the wedding, groom's dad (John Mills) taking all comers, especially son Arthur (Hywel Bennett), in arm wrestling, bride Jenny (Hayley Mills) supporting, in the Boulting brothers' The Family Way, 1966.
Family Way, The (1966) - Don't Be Daft! Joining the elongated credits midstream, meeting father-of-the-groom Ezra (John Mills) then mum (Marjorie Rhodes), the boss (Barry Foster) then the couple (Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett) in The Family Way, 1966.
Gypsy Girl - I Like Graves First scene in which Brydie (Hayley Mills. directed by her father John), visits the grave of a boy she knew, meeting grave-digger Slim (Hamilton Dyce) and gypsy youth Roibin (Ian McShane), in Gypsy Girl, 1966.
Gypsy Girl - His Eyesight Was Poor Hayley Mills (as "Brydie"), directed by father John from a story by her mother, with young friend Dusty (Len Jones), discussing the death of his pet mole and an idea for burial, in Gypsy Girl, 1966.

Family

John Mills
Father
Actor. Won the 1970 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Mary Hayley Bell Lady Mills
Mother
Novelist, playwright. Wrote the novel on which "Whistle Down the Wind' was based.
Juliet Mills
Sister
Actor. Born on November 21, 1941; best-known for starring in the TV sitcom "Nanny and the Professor"; married to actor Maxwell Caulfield.
Jonathan Mills
Brother
Screenwriter, producer. Born in 1949.
Crispian Boulting
Son
Musician. Born on January 18, 1973; father Roy Boulting; lead singer of rock band Kula Shaker.
Jason Lawson
Son
Born c. 1976; father, Leigh Lawson.

Companions

Roy Boulting
Husband
Producer, director. Married in 1971; separated in 1975; divorced in 1977; born in 1913.
Leigh Lawson
Companion
Actor. Father of Mills' son Jason; together in the early 1980s; later married actress-model Twiggy.
Marcus Mclaine
Companion
Musician. Brother of actor Maxwell Caulfield (who is married to Mills' sister); no longer together; born c. 1963.

Bibliography

"My God: Letters from the Famous on God and the Life Hereafter
collected and edited by Hayley Mills and Marcus Maclaine, Pelham Books (1988)