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Moira Lister

Occupation  Actress
Years active  1947-2007

Name  Moira Lister
Role  Film actress

Born  6 August 1923 (1923-08-06) Cape Town, South Africa
Died  October 27, 2007, Cape Town, South Africa
Spouse  Jacques de Gachassin-Lafite Vicomte d’Orthez (m. 1951–1989)
Children  Christobel d'Orthez, Chantal d’Orthez
Books  The very merry widow Moira
Movies  The Double Man, Trouble in Store, The Limping Man, The Yellow Rolls‑Royce, A Run for Your Money
Similar People  Charles Frend, John Paddy Carstairs, Franklin J Schaffner, Cy Endfield, Vernon Sewell

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Moira Lister de Gachassin-Lafite, Vicomtesse d’Orthez (6 August 1923 – 27 October 2007) was a South African-born, English film, stage and television actress and writer.


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Early life

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Born in Cape Town to Major James Lister and Margaret (née Hogan), Lister was educated at the Parktown Convent of the Holy Family, Johannesburg. She was a theatre student of Anna Romain Hoffman, who with her husband Arthur Hoffman built up The Johannesburg Repertory Theatre.


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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 1943, and appeared in such films as The Limping Man (1953), The Cruel Sea (1953) and The Deep Blue Sea (1955).

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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 girlfriends 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 Widow — and How!) Lister also appeared on various other British TV series such as Danger Man and The Avengers ("The See-Through Man", 1967). In 1980, she made a guest appearance as a film star in the sitcom Only When I Laugh.

Lister was still performing until three years before her death, touring with her highly successful one-woman show about Noël Coward. She belonged to the British Catholic Stage Guild.

Personal life

In the 1946, Lister went on a date in London with Neville Heath, a former South African Air Force captain who murdered two women in London only months later. Heath was convicted after a sensational trial, and he was hanged in October 1946.

In 1951, Moira Lister married Jacques de Gachassin-Lafite Vicomte d’Orthez, 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.


  • 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)
  • Publications

  • The Very Merry Moira (1971)
  • References

    Moira Lister Wikipedia

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