Moon Raker : Lois Chiles (1979)

Lois Cleveland Chiles (born April 15, 1947)[1] is an American actress and former fashion model best known for her role as Dr. Holly Goodhead in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker. She resides in Houston, Texas.

Chiles was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Barbara Wayne (née Kirkland) and Marion Clay Chiles, who was the brother of oil tycoon and Texas Rangers owner Eddie Chiles.[2][3] Chiles was raised in Alice, Texas. She received her education at the University of Texas at Austin and the former Finch College in New York City, where she was discovered by a Glamour magazine editor looking for a young woman to feature on the cover of the magazine’s annual college issue.[1] She landed the job and soon had a contract with Wilhelmina Models. She studied acting with Roy London.[4]

Throughout the early 1970s, Chiles maintained top model status. She made her big-screen debut in Together For Days in 1972, followed by 1973’s The Way We Were, in which she played opposite Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand as the college sweetheart of Redford’s character. Riding on the success of that film, she gave a memorable performance as Jordan Baker in 1974’s The Great Gatsby, alongside Mia Farrow and, again, Robert Redford. She appeared in Death on the Nile in 1978, and in 1979 she was seen in what is perhaps her most famous role, that of NASA astronaut and scientist Dr. Holly Goodhead opposite Roger Moore’s James Bond in Moonraker, which added to her résumé the title of Bond girl. Chiles was initially approached to star in the previous Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me which she declined as she was on break from acting at the time.[1] She also appeared in a small role in the noted thriller Coma (1978), one of the many films where she played a murder victim.[5]

In recent years, she has been a professor of theater at the University of Houston, in Houston, Texas.[4] Unlike some “Bond girls”, Chiles good naturedly says that “being a Bond-girl is a fun way to be remembered” although she jokes that being asked to sigh “Oh, James” is annoying as “you can’t live up to people’s fantasies.” [7] and she often attends premieres of the series films.

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