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Overview (3)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  (suicide by overdose)
Birth NameLois Irene Yanessa

Mini Bio (1)

Lois Hamilton (Areno) personified a new wave of actresses who built careers on both beauty and brains. Lois attend Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennslyvannia, and the University of Florence in Florence, Italy, where she received degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts. As a top Ford model in the late 1970s, Lois graced the covers and pages of countless magazines, such as "Cosmopolitan", "Fortune", "Mademoiselle", "Italian Vogue", "Prevue", "Neue Revue Illustrierte", "Newsweek", "Paris Match", "Hello", "Redbook", "Ladies' Home Journal", "Glamour", "Time", and many others. Some of her ad campaigns included Chanel, Clarol, Halston, Pucci and Hermes, and she appeared in over 150 commercials worldwide. She was one of the pioneers who made the successful transition from model to actress. When she came to Los Angeles her career immediately took off and she found herself splashed all over the television and movie screens. Within a year she landed more TV stints than any other actress at ICM. She worked with such luminaries as Ivan Reitman, Neil Simon, Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford, Ned Beatty, Burt Reynolds, John Candy, John Larroquette, Dom DeLuise, Roger Moore, Bill Murray, Jane Fonda, Dean Martin, Carl Reiner, David Carradine, Sammy Davis Jr., Steve Guttenberg, Howard W. Koch, Albert S. Ruddy, Hal Needham, and Thomas R. Bond II to name a few. She was one of the privileged few to be photographed by George Hurrell Sr. before his death. When she wasn't involved in a feature film or television project, she took to the skies--she was a licensed private pilot. She logged over 600 hours and was an accomplished aerobatic pilot flying her 1936 German biplane. In addition, Lois was also a titled Italian baroness with a family that lays claim to the most noble of ancestries dating back to 11th-century Naples. Not one to be typecast as just another pretty face, and in keeping with her artistic talents, she was also an accomplished sculptress, painter and writer. She exhibited her bronze sculptures and oil paintings in many one-woman shows in Los Angeles. An author as well, she penned her first novel, "Move Over Tarzan," a woman's guide on how to be as assertive as the most aggressive, successful man using a woman's femininity. Lois Hamilton was definitely a woman ahead of her time.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Charles William Knapp (7 July 1986 - 1993) ( divorced)
James P. Aurino (1964 - 1978) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (6)

Suffered a broken jaw, vertebrae and hip in a head-on car collision. She was under the influence of cocaine and diet pills, among other things. [May 1999]
Locked herself in her hotel room at the Sheraton Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She took several pills and placed a plastic bag over her head and died shortly thereafter. [December 1999]
Began her career as a highly successful fashion model for Eileen Ford in the 1970s.
Was a licensed pilot.
Studied sculpting and painting at the University of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy.
Her last film was Bob's Night Out (2004) produced by 'American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.[us]'. Ironically, the film was postponed because of another tragic car accident in 1996, that left the Bond family who owned 'American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.[us]' permanently disabled.

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