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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 April 1947Houston, Texas, USA
Birth NameLois Cleveland Chiles
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lois Chiles was born April 15, 1947 in Houston Texas to Barbara Wayne Kirkland and Marion Clay Chiles. She was raised in Alice, Texas, and received higher education at the University of Texas at Austin, and Finch College in New York City. While modeling, she made her film debut appearance as Robert Redford's on-screen college sweetheart in The Way We Were (1973), and reunited with Redford in The Great Gatsby (1974). She played the role of the attractive, cynical young golfer Jordan Baker. Four years later, she appeared in the film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile (1978) as the murder victim Linnet Ridgeway Doyle. Lois's most memorable role to date is Bond Girl, Dr. Holly Goodhead opposite Roger Moore as James Bond in Moonraker (1979).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: tony.r.vario@gmail.com

Spouse (1)

Richard Gilder (2005 - present)

Trivia (17)

Was the original choice for Agent Triple X (Anya Amasova) in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), but as a moment of fate, got her chance as the 007 girl in Moonraker (1979) after Lewis Gilbert sat next to her on an airline flight.
Before entering films, she was one of the very top models of the 1970s.
Graduate of the University of Texas, Austin in 1969.
Attended prestigious Finch College where she was discovered by a Glamour magazine editor and that led to her fashion modeling career.
In 1982, she starred on the popular drama Dallas (1978) for one year, alongside Ken Kercheval. 10 years later, they played husband and wife on an episode of In the Heat of the Night (1988).
Was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, not long after the death of her father M. Clay Chiles (brother of oil tycoon Eddie Chiles).
She is very active in raising money for the research and prevention of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, particularly because her brother's life was taken by same.
Her last name is pronounced like "files" with a "ch".
José Ferrer directed her on stage in productions of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "The Best Man" in the mid 1980s.
Took acting lessons from a number of prominent drama teachers: Roy London, Milton Katselas José Quintero and Sanford Meisner.
Has homes in both New York and Houston.
Battled breast cancer in 2005.
Had a long-time involvement with but never married Don Henley of the Eagles. In fact, her first marriage did not occur until she was in her late 50s with noted philanthropist and Wall Street broker Richard Gilder.
Her younger brother, with whom she was extremely close, tragically died of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1978. She made a choice to take a three-year hiatus from acting as a result just as her career had reached its peak. Her film career never fully recovered after she came back. She originally was offered the top Bondian love interest that Barbara Bach portrayed in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) by director Lewis Gilbert but turned it down because of her initial self-imposed hiatus. The director, however, convinced her to play Holly Goodhead in Moonraker (1979) before she left the screen.
First attended the University of Texas at Austin before continuing her studies at the prestigious Finch College in New York City, where she was discovered for modeling by Glamour magazine and eventually joined the Wilhelmina company as a haute couture model.
Was the daughter of Barbara Wayne (née Kirkland) and Marion Clay Chiles, who was the brother of oil tycoon and Texas Rangers owner Eddie Chiles.
Professor at University of Houston, Houston Texas [March 2005]

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