January 2, 2017


Moira Lister (1923-2007) b. Cape Town, South Africa.

Moira Lister

Glamorous, willowy South African-born actress Moira Lister was a star of screen and stage, but the theatre remained her preferred medium. Born in Cape Town in 1923, and educated at Parktown Convent, she first appeared on stage at the age of six in Ibsen’s play The Vikings at Helgeland for the University Players in Johannesburg. She subsequently appeared with Seymour Hicks in Johannesburg in 1929, and made her London stage bow in 1937 aged 14.

She began her film career in 1944 and rose to prominence as Ray Milland’s mistress in So Evil My Love (1948). Lister subsequently appeared in the Ealing films A Run for Your Money (1949), Pool of London (1950) and The Cruel Sea (1953), also the Norman Wisdom comedy Trouble in Store (1953). In the 60s her aristocratic persona led to titled roles in The Yellow Rolls Royce (1964) and Joey Boy (1965).

Lister also acted in such West End plays as Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears (1949), Peter Ustinov‘s The Love of Four Colonels (1951) and the Ray Cooney farce Move Over, Mrs Markham (1971). For the latter she won the Variety Club of Great Britain’s award for Best Stage Actress. She published her autobiography, called The Very Merry Moira, in 1969.

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