Bond Girl Holly
“...being a Bond-girl is a fun way to be remembered... .” Lois Chiles
An appealing model-turned-actress hailed from Houston, Texas, Lois Chiles had her first taste in front the cameras as a fashion model in New York before breaking into the cinematic industry with supporting parts in such movies as “The Way We Were” (1973), “The Great Gatsby” (1974) and “Death on the Nile” (1978). Eventually, the full-fledged performer hit the big time as the brainy Holly Goodhead on the James Bond film “Moonraker” (1979), which starred Roger Moore as 007, and gained additional fame as temptress Holly Harwood on the popular TV series “Dallas” (1982-1983). Although she never reached leading-lady position, the former Wilhelmina model has since appeared in countless independent movies, including and even landed roles in such a-list movies as “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” and “Speed 2: Cruise Control” (both 1997). Her more recent projects include “Warning: Parental Advisory” (2002, TV) and “Kettle of Fish” (2006). She has also acted in stage productions.
Chiles has been married to stockbroker and philanthropist Richard Gilder since 2005. Before the marriage, she was romantically involved with Don Henley, member of The Eagles, but broke the long-term bond shortly after the death of younger brother Clay, with whom she had been very close. In honor of her brother, who died of Hodgkin's Disease, she actively takes part in raising money for the research and prevention of the disease.
Chiles was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001.
Childhood and Family:
Lois Cleveland Chiles was born on April 15, 1947, in Houston, Texas. She was raised in Alice, Texas by father Marion Clay Chiles (died in 1997), the brother of oil tycoon Eddie Chiles, and mother Barbara, and attended the University of Texas in Austin. She later went to New York City to attend the celebrated Finch College and there her modeling career began. Lois was trained as an actress under the guidance of Roy London, Sandy Meisner, Sandra Seacat, Milton Katselas and others.
Lois married Richard Gilder, a Wall Street stockbroker and philanthropist, in 2005.
A successful model in the 1970s, Texas-born Lois Chiles caught the attention of a Glamour editor while pursuing her education in New York City. After gracing on the cover of the magazine, she signed with the esteemed Wilhelmina Agency in 1970 and built a flourishing career in the fashion scene. Not wanting to limit her creativity, Chiles soon started studying acting and in 1972, she made her feature debut in the drama “Together for Days,” opposite Clifton Davis. A series of high-profile roles followed in such films as Sydney Pollack's “The Way We Were” (1973, as Carol Ann), the Oscar winner “The Great Gatsby” (1974, as Jordan Baker), the mystery/thriller “Coma” (1978) and John Guillermin's “Death on the Nile” (1978). Chiles, however, was ignored by the audience until the late 1970s when she was cast as the Bond Girl Holly Goodhead on “Moonraker” (1979), starring Roger Moore.
Chiles' acting career took off after the performance, and during 1982-1983 season, she joined the cast of the long-running drama series “Dallas” in the regular role of femme fatale Holly Harwood. After departing the popular show, she made her professional stage debut in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida in 1984. Her Off-Broadway debut was in “The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers” (also 1984).
The Texas native returned to film by supporting Ronny Cox and Art Hindle in the thriller “Courage,” that same year, and appearing in the Alan Alda comedy “Sweet Liberty” in 1986. She went on to land secondary roles in the movies “Creepshow 2” (1987), James L. Brooks' “Broadcast News” (1987, as Jennifer Mack), Cameron Crowe's “Say Anything...” (1989, as the mother of Ione Skye) and the Michael Almereyda-directed “Twister” (1989). Meanwhile, on television, she maintained her presence by making three TV films, including her debut, “Dark Mansions” (1986).
Chiles maintained busy work throughout the 1990s. Following a supporting part in the fact-based TV film “Burning Bridges” (1990) and guest starring roles in “Murder, She Wrote” (1990) and “Veronica, Clare” (1991), she found roles in movies like “Until the End of the World” (1991), Roy London's “Diary of a Hitman” (1991, starred Forest Whitaker), “In the Eye of the Snake” (1994), the Alicia Silverstone and Jeremy London vehicle “The Babysitter” (1995), “Wish Upon a Star” (1996), “Curdled” (1996), “Bliss” (1997), Jay Roach's “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (1997) and the flop sequel “Speed 2: Cruise Control” (1997, starred Sandra Bullock). She continued to resume her television career by becoming a supporting player in the films “Obsessed” (1992), opposite Shannen Doherty, “Lush Life”(1993, which won an Emmy Award for its music, and “Black Cat Run” (1998), directed by D.J. Caruso, and guest starring in “Civil Wars,” “In the Heat of the Night” and “L.A. Law.”
Entering the new millennium, Chiles was cast the mother of Brooke Smith on the short film “Eventual Wife” (2000), which was jointly directed by Bryan Bantry and Dave Diamond. She appeared as a judge in a 2002 episode of the drama series “Any Day Now,” played Susan Baker on comedy/music “Warning: Parental Advisory” (2002), a TV film starring Jason Priestley and Mariel Hemingway as Charlie Burner and Tipper Gore, respectively. After playing Jillian Stokes in a 2005 episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” Chiles revisited the big screen with “Kettle of Fish” (2006), playing Jean. The comedy/romance was penned and directed by Claudia Myers and starring Matthew Modine, Gina Gershon,Christy Scott Cashman and Fisher Stevens.