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Moira Lister
Birth: Aug. 6, 1923
Death: Oct. 27, 2007

Actress, Theatre Personality. Lister was an accomplished actress often cast in patrician roles. Lister was given acting lessons as a child, and made her début with the University Players of Johannesburg at the age of six. In 1936 she appeared with Sir Seymour Hicks in "Vintage Wine," and Hicks was so impressed that he invited her to appear with him in a play in the United Kingdom. She then made her London début, aged 14, in the play "Post Road" at Golders Green Hippodrome, before returning to South Africa to continue her education. In 1944 she returned to England, where she had her first film role with a small part in "The Shipbuilders" (1944). A highly successful season with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-on-Avon in 1945 included acclaimed portrayals of Juliet, Desdemona, Olivia in "Twelfth Night" and Kate Hardcastle in "She Stoops to Conquer." Lister made her Broadway début in 1948 in the farce "Don't Listen Ladies!," and she had a personal success in Rattigan's "French Without Tears" (1949) and Ustinov's "The Love of Four Colonels" (1951). On screen she made an impression with her role in "Wanted for Murder" (1946). Other notable films included "Pool of London" (1950), "White Corridors" (1951), "Trouble in Store "(1953), "The Cruel Sea" (1953) and "The Yellow Rolls-Royce" (1965). In 1956 she was part of the company formed by John Gielgud for a season at the Palace Theatre in London that included "King Lear" and "Much Ado About Nothing." Other comedies in which she excelled included "Gazebo," "Any Wednesday," "Getting Married" and "Move Over, Mrs Markham" (1971), for which she won the Variety Club of Great Britain's Silver Heart Award as Best Stage Actress of 1971. For three years, 1967-69, she starred in her own series, "A Very Merry Widow." Her autobiography, "A Very Merry Moira," was published in 1969. She was recently given the Naledi Award, a lifetime achievement award for her services to the theatre in South Africa.  (bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) 
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  Jacques Gachassin-Lafite (1905 - 1989)*
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St Edward the Confessor Churchyard
Sutton Green
Woking Borough
Surrey, England
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Record added: Oct 29, 2007
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