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Juliet Maryon Mills was born in London in 1941. She is the daughter of the actor Sir John Mills and the playwright Mary Hayley Bell. Juliet has a younger sister, the actress Hayley Mills (b.1946) and a younger brother, Jonathan Mills (b.1949). Her Godfather was the playwright
I really enjoyed meeting Juliet Mills after I had seen her in the play Bedroom Farce at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham.
She was very friendly, and I had a good chat to her. She signed my programme, my Carry On poster & book and my autograph book.
I had photos with her and her actor husband, Maxwell Caulfield, who was also in the play.
playwright, actor and singer Sir Noel Coward, her Godmother was the Oscar-winning actress Vivien Leigh and her aunt was Annette Mills, who found
found fame on children's TV in the 1950s with the
Muffin the Mule.
Sir John Mills
Juliet & Hayley Mills with their parents
In 1957, Juliet turned down a chance to attend RADA (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) when she was cast as Pamela Harrington in Peter Shaffer's new play Five Finger Exercise. Thisr
Juliet was brought up surrounded by famous people from the world of films and the theatre, although she says that she wanted to be a dancer rather than an actress. She was a boarder at Elmhurst Ballet School in Camberley in 1950, later becoming the head girl there.
Annette Mills & Muffin the Mule
This ran for two and a half years at the West End's Comedy Theatre. It sealed Juliet's choice of career as an actress, after she had rave reviews and a Tony Award nomination. She went to New York when the play was staged at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway in 1959.
Juliet Mills, Julie Godfrey & Hayley Mills in
costume for Noel Coward's play Fallen Angels
Tom Courtenay & Juliet Mills in
She Stoops to Conquer
Returning to London, she performed in many West End productions including AMi
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1963) for the RSC, directed by Peter Hall at the Aldwych Theatre; the title role in Lady Windermere's Fan (1966) at the Phoenix Theatre and Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer (1969) at the Garrick.
Juliet Mills & David Hedison in
Later stage work has included Noel Coward's Fallen Angels in 1992, the only time that Juliet and Hayley Mills have appeared onstage together. After a national tour of the UK, the play toured for 10 months in Australia and New Zealand. In 1995 Juliet went to Canada with Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, and two years later played Ruth in another Noel Coward play Blithe Spirit at West Long Branch in New Jersey.
I saw her play Delia in Alan Ayckbourn's extremely funny play Bedroom Farce at
Juliet Mills in Bedroom Farce
at Nottingham's Theatre Royal in September 2010, as part of a national tour.
Juliet Mills, Bruce Montague & Natasha Alderslade
in Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce
Juliet Mills has appeared in a number films since she was first
first seen as a baby in Noel Coward's In Which We Serve? (1942) starring both John Mills and
and Noel Coward. Her first speaking part (aged eight) was as Little Polly in The History of Mr Polly (1949).
After signing a contract with Warner Brothers, her first role was as a nurse, Joanna Jones, in the comedy Nurse on Wheels (1963). This was a Carry On film in all but name - written by Norman Hudis, produced by Peter Rogers and directed
Juliet Mills with Megs Jenkins in
The History of Mr Polly
Juliet Mills as Sally in Carry On Jack
directed by Gerald Thomas. Juliet's next role as Sally (Liz Fraser was originally cast in this part), was in an actual Carry On film, Carry On Jack (1963). This was not a typical Carry On film. It only featured three regulars - Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Jim Dale (who was also in Nurse on Wheels) and was the first
Juliet Mills & Esme Cannon in Nurse on Wheels
More substantial were her roles in American films. These
Credit for The Rare Breed
first Carry On film to use historical costumes.
These include Hilary Price in the western The Rare Breed (1966) with James Stewart & Maureen O'Hara, and Pamela Piggott
Piggott in the romantic comedy Avanti! (1972) with Jack Lemmon. Juliet describes working with Lemmon and the director Billy Wilder as a film career highlight.
Juliet Mills & Don Galloway in
The Rare Breed
Jack Lemmon & Juliet Mills in Avanti!
A rare venture into the horror genre saw her star in the Italian
Italian-made Beyond the Door (1974), also known as The Devil Within Her. In this film (a blatant 'rip-off' of the successful The Exorcist) her character, Jessica Barrett, becomes pregnant with the Devil's baby, resulting in her very bizarre behaviour!
Juliet Mills in Beyond the Door
By far the bulk of Juliet's work has been for TV. In the 54-episode
Juliet Mills & Richard Long in
Nanny and the Professor
Juliet Mills as Phoebe Figalilly
in Nanny and the Professor
Juliet Mills as Lady Sybil Danby
in Hawaii Five-O
episode series Nanny and the Professor (1970-71) she played Phoebe Figalilly, a Mary Poppins-like
In 1974, she won an Emmy Award for her performance as Samantha Cady in the TV mini-series QB VII.
Poppins-like character with magical powers, who cares for a widowed professor and his three children. It gained her a Golden Globe nomination, and made her a household name.
Juliet Mills as Samantha Cady
in QB VII
Juliet Mills appeared on the small screen throughout the 1980s. Apart from her recurring roles in The Love Boat (1978-84) and Fantasy Island
Island (1978-84), she also appeared as Rosalind Bedford in two episodes of Dynasty in 1984; played two different characters in twodiff
two episodes of Hotel in 1985 and 1987, and joined the cast of the longr
Juliet Mills as Susan Moroni
in Alone With Terror
As Tabitha Lenox in Passions
long running soap opera All My Children as Judge Edith Hogan. She made guest appearances in Murder, She Wrote (1987); The Law and Harry McGraw (1988) and Till We Meet Again (1989). Her most famous TV role was as Tabitha Lenox, a witch in the popular American daytime series Passions (1999-2008). Juliet appeared in 159 episodes, for which she was nominated for her first Daytime Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Lead Actress'.
Juliet's most recent TV appearances include a season of ITV's Wild At Heart (2009) alongside her sister Hayley, and a mini-series Four Seasons (2010) with Michael York and Tom Conti. (IMDb gives a full details of all her TV roles click here)
Other TV shows where she has appeared as herself include The Morecambe & Wise Show (1969) and The 43rd Annual Academy Awards
Juliet Mills as Georgina in Wild At Heart
Awards (1971) when she accepted a 'Best Actress' award for Glenda Jackson. Juliet was the subject of an episode of This Is Your Life in 1992, and a year later appeared on the same programme when the subject
Juliet Mills on The Morecambe & Wise Show
subject was the actor Roddy McDowall.
Juliet with Glenda Jackson's Oscar
Because of her love of cooking, Juliet was encouraged by friends to write a cook book. This she did, but added suggestions to help improve quality of life, like taking up yoga. Called Mind, Body & Soul in Balance, it was published in 1995.
Juliet & Hayley Mills and their father Sir John
Mills with his BAFTA Fellowship Award in 2002
Juliet Mills has been married three times.
Juliet Mills' cookery book
Juliet has signed my Carry On book
times. Her first marriage to American songwriter Russell Alquist lasted from 1961 to 1964 and they had a son, Sean. Her second marriage to Michael Miklenda in 1975 ended in divorce in 1980. They had a daughter Melissa (b.1979) who has appeared with Juliet in the TV series Passions.
Russell Alquist & Juliet Mills
(left) Michael Miklenda with
Juliet & daughter Melissa
Juliet Mills with her daughter Melissa
Juliet's third husband is the English actor Maxwell Caulfield who is eighteen years younger than her. They met in New York when rehearsing The Elephant Man at the Golden Theatre on Broadway before the production went to the Royal Poinciana Playhouse atPalmbeach
Maxwell Caulfield, Ciaran Brown & Juliet Mills at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham
in September 2010
Playhouse at Palm Beach in Florida. Their marriage has lasted for more than thirty years. They have appeared on stage together a number of times including Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce in Nottingham in September 2010. They now live in California.
Juliet Mills ' first appearance on film as 'Freda's baby'
in the film In Which We Serve