Moira Lister de Gachassin-Lafite, Vicomtesse dâOrthez (6 August 1923Â â" 27 October 2007) was a South African-born, English film, stage and television actress, and writer.
Born in Cape Town to Major James Lister and Margaret (nÃ©e Hogan), Lister was educated at the Parktown Convent of the Holy Family, Johannesburg.
She began her acting career on stage in South Africa and then went on to act in the London theatre at the age of 18. Lister began working in films in 1944, and appeared in such films as The Limping Man (1953), The Cruel Sea (also 1953) and The Deep Blue Sea (1955).
She had a regular role in the first series of the BBC radio comedy Hancock's Half Hour in 1954-55 and was also one of the girl friends in A Life of Bliss starring George Cole as David Bliss, a perpetual bachelor. She starred in the BBC television series The Whitehall Worrier and The Very Merry Widow from 1967 to 1968. (Later series of this programme were titled The Very Merry WidowÂ â" and How!) Lister also appeared on various other British TV series such as Danger Man. In 1980, she made a guest appearance as film star Gloria Robbins in the sitcom Only When I Laugh.
Lister was performing until three years before her death, touring with her highly successful one-woman show about NoÃ«l Coward.
She belonged to the British Catholic Stage Guild.
She had been awarded the Naledi Award, a lifetime achievement award for her services to the theatre in South Africa.
- Best Actress of the Year (1971)
- Freedom of the City of London (2000)
In the summer of 1946, Lister was dated by Neville Heath, a divorced former South African Air Force Captain, the same year he committed the murders of two other women for which he was hanged.
In 1951, Moira Lister married Jacques de Gachassin-Lafite Vicomte dâOrthez, a French officer of the Spahis, owner of a champagne vineyard and hero of the Rif War; they had two daughters, Chantal and Christobel. Lister also had two grand-daughters, Christina d'Orthez and Marina d'Orthez.
Moira Lister died at the age of 84 in 2007. Both she and her husband are interred in the churchyard of St Edward's Catholic church in Sutton Green, Surrey.
- The Very Merry Moira (1971)
- Moira Lister at the Internet Movie Database