- Juliet Mills
name = Juliet Mills
caption = Juliet Mills at a fan festival in 2004
birthname = Juliet Maryon Mills
birthdate = birth date and age|1941|11|21|df=y
spouse = Russell Alquist Jr. (1961-1964)
Michael Miklenda (1975-1980)
Maxwell Caulfield (1980-)
emmyawards = Outstanding Supporting Actress - Miniseries/Movie
Juliet Maryon Mills, (born
21 November 1941) is an English character actress, born to the famous theater family of actor Sir John Millsand playwright Mary Hayley Bell. Mills is best known for her role as a friendly nanny with magical powers in the 1970s American television series " Nanny and the Professor", and acting in the film " Avanti!" with Jack Lemmon. From 1999 to 2007, she played a darker magical character in the American daytime drama " Passions"." Soapography", "Juliet Mills and Greg Vaughn"] Nominated for many awards, she won the 1974 Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in the American miniseries" QB VII". Since 1980, she has been married to an actor 18 years younger than she is, Maxwell Caulfield.
Mills was born in
Londonduring World War II, though her parents, actor Sir John Mills("Great Expectations", "Swiss Family Robinson"), and playwright Mary Hayley Bell(" Whistle down the Wind"), soon moved the family to the country to be away from the bombs. Mills is the older sister of actress Hayley Millsand of director Jonathan Mills. Because of her parents' fame, Mills grew up surrounded by famous actors such as Rex Harrison, David Niven, and Marlon Brando. Her godmother was "Gone with the Wind" actress Vivien Leigh, and her godfather was playwright Noel Coward.
She attended the Elmhurst Ballet School, in
Camberley, Surrey."Who's Who in the Theatre", 17th ed. Gale Research, 1981]
Initially Mills did not have interest in becoming an actress, and instead considered becoming a nun. As a baby and small child she had appeared as an extra in various films, such as Freda's 11-week-old baby, in the 1941 film "
In Which We Serve" where her father was starring.cite news|title=The enchantment of the acting life - It cast a spell on Juliet Mills when she was young, and the `Passions' actress continues to relish its magic|work= Orlando Sentinel|date=2005-07-05|author=Byrne, Bridget]
However, when her younger sister Hayley found success as a
Disneyactress in films such as "Pollyanna" and "The Parent Trap", Mills decided to try her hand at the family business of acting. Her first major role was at the age of 16, in a play called " Five Finger Exercise", as the character Pamela Harrington. The show, written by famous playwright Peter Shaffer, played one year in London, and then moved to the Music Box Theatreon Broadway. Despite her youth, Mills was nominated for a Tony Awardin 1960 as "Best Featured Actress". [ibdb title|id=2801|title=Five Finger Exercise] She also acted in films, such as the Western " The Rare Breed" with Jimmy Stewart. Mills stated that the highlight of her film career was the 1972 film " Avanti!", directed by Billy Wilder, and in which she starred with Jack Lemmon. She was nominated in 1973 for a Golden Globe Awardfor the role.
From 1961 to 1964, Mills was married to Russell Alquist, Jr., with whom she had a son, Sean. In 1975 she married Michael Miklenda, with whom she had a daughter, Melissa Caulfield, before divorcing him in 1980.
Her best known role began in 1970, when she starred in the American television series "
Nanny and the Professor". She played a friendly character, Phoebe Figalilly, who had magical powers, in a series that was called an American variation of " Mary Poppins". [cite news|title=Mills is bewitching – Emmy-winning actress charms fans of NBC's soap 'Passions'|date=2005-08-21|author=Crook, John|work= Chicago Tribune] Mills has stated that she herself believes in magic, and witches and fairies. "There's a lot more, you know, in the aetherand around us ... We have guides, and we have angels taking care of us ... I believe in metaphysics, in a big way." She was nominated for another Golden Globe Award in 1971 for the role. The series had strong ratings but ran only briefly from 1970 to 1971. It was later revealed that this was because the network censors had expressed concerns about any hint of sexual chemistry between Mills and her on-screen boss, a professor played by Richard Long. Mills has spoken of how in nighttime scenes she was required to wear a flannel nightgown all the way up to her neck. The show also suffered from a change in timeslot. Originally airing near the strong combination of " The Partridge Family" and " The Brady Bunch", the show was moved to a different time of the week, and then canceled a half season later.
In 1974, she won an
Emmy Awardfor "Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special" for the miniseriesadaptation of " QB VII".
In 1980, she returned to the stage, starring in "
The Elephant Man" with Maxwell Caulfield. The two actors hit it off, and despite their 18-year age difference, the younger Caulfield asked Mills to marry him, and became her third husband. Mills said of the age difference, "Everybody is always interested in the fact that I am married to someone who is a lot younger than I am ... There are no rules, and that's what I believe, because age doesn't really matter. If you meet someone that you're really close to, someone that you love, stick with that."
After marrying Caulfield, Mills quit acting herself, and spent her time supporting her husband's career for a time.
In 1999, Mills landed a role in the daytime drama "
Passions", where she originated and plays the character Tabitha Lenox, a witchwho wishes harm on many people due to being burned at the stake in the 1600s. The character is similar to her 1970s role as the magical character Phoebe, only in the case of being magical. The Phoebe character was portrayed as a friendly and helpful character, whereas Tabitha is a darker character, though she was officially declared a "good witch" in a June 2007 episode, shortly before the series ended in August. [ [http://www.soapoperafan.com/passions/2007summaries/june1.html SoapOperaFan.com Episode Summary] ] Mills was nominated for her first Daytime Emmy Awardfor "Outstanding Lead Actress" for the role.cite news|title=Mills is bewitching – Emmy-winning actress charms fans of NBC's soap 'Passions'|date=2005-08-21|author=Crook, John|work= Chicago Tribune]
As of 2005, Mills remains happily married to Maxwell Caulfield, and they live in southern California.
In Which We Serve" (1942)
So Well Remembered" (1947)
The October Man" (1947)
The History of Mr Polly" (1949)
No My Darling Daughter" (1961)
Twice Round The Daffodils" (1962)
Nurse on Wheels" (1963)
Carry On Jack" (1963)
The Rare Breed" (1966)
Oh! What a Lovely War" (1969)
Beyond The Door" (1974)
The Cracker Factory" (1979)
The Other Sister" (1999)
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