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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 14 February 1927Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death 29 September 2007Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia  (bowel cancer)
Birth NameLois Ruth Hooker
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Everyone knows (or should know) Lois Maxwell as the one and only "Miss Moneypenny", but there's much more to her acting career than that. She started out against her parents' will, and without their knowledge, in a Canadian children's radio program, credited as "Robin Wells". Before the age of 15 she left for England with the Canadian army's Entertainment Corps and managed (after her age had been discovered) to get herself enrolled in The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she met and became friends with Roger Moore. Her movie career started with a Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger production, Stairway to Heaven (1946). After having won The Most Promising Newcomer Golden Globe Award in 1947, she went to Hollywood and made six films before she decided to try her luck in Italy. She ha to leave Italy to go to England when her husband became ill, and since then she has had roles in a number of movies besides the first 14 Bond movies. In 1989 she retired.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: <elmic@post8.tele.dk>

Lois Maxwell has lived in Canada having moved from England.

While still acting in the Bond films during the 80s Lois also became a regular columnist for the Toronto Sun newspaper. She purchased a cottage in northern Ontario and would often share stories about her experiences on the movie set, her co-stars, life in Italy, her experiences growing up in Canada and about her present life in general. As well as commenting on topics of the day.

Her feature was a favorite for many and she was sorely missed when she finally retired from writing for the Toronto Sun.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Frank Hadzalic< fhadzalic@yahoo.ca>

Spouse (1)

Peter Churchill Marriott (1957 - 1973) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (12)

In 1949, when she was getting started in Hollywood, Maxwell was among eight starlets who were asked to pose for a picture in Life magazine. In addition to Maxwell, there was another starlet who would go on to bigger things, Marilyn Monroe.
Close friend of "James Bond" co-star, Roger Moore. In 1944, they were in the same class at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
She is second only to Desmond Llewelyn for the number of appearances in "James Bond" movies. She appeared in 14 while he appeared in 17.
Mother of Melinda Maxwell.
Moved to the UK, at the age of 15.
Wrote a regular column for The Toronto Sun from 1979-1994 under the name of Moneypenny.
Met TV executive Peter Marriott at an airport in Paris. They were married in 1957. When he suffered a massive coronary and was too ill to work, Lois had to be the main breadwinner. Peter died in 1973 at age 51.
Daughter Melinda born 1958, lives in England. Son Christian born 1959, lives in Australia.
As well as appearing beside Roger Moore as Miss Moneypenny, Maxwell made two appearances in The Saint (1962).
Since 2001, has lived in Fremantle, Western Australia after a health scare whilst visiting her son. [February 2005]
Currently resides in Perth, Western Australia where she is writing her autobiography. [December 2002]
Along with Albert R. Broccoli, she was one of only two people to work on all 14 "Bond" films from Dr. No (1962) to A View to a Kill (1985).

Personal Quotes (1)

I always said I'd have Roger (Moore) for a husband, but Sean (Connery) for a weekend lover.

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