Hayleys Mills has revealed how she secretly fought breast cancer. The actress, daughter of the late Sir John Mills, was diagnosed with the disease on her 62nd birthday in April She underwent surgery and chemotherapy, and two years ago doctors told her the cancer had gone.
When it comes to legends, there's really no such thing as a generation gap. And there's no denying that blonde, plucky, ebullient British actress Hayley Mills is a legend for all time. Today, she's a living American icon, just as much of a Disney luminary as Mouseketeer Annette Funicello or animated heroines Ariel or Belle.
He was Boulting died Monday of cancer in a hospital near his home in Eynsham, in southern England, said family friend Peter Evans. The movie maker worked alternately as director and producer with his identical twin, John.
Born on 18th Aprilthe daughter of famed actors John Mills and Mary Hayley Bell, she followed in her parents' footsteps and took to the stage at a young age. Her film debut was at the age of eleven in the British crime drama Tiger Bay. It was in that where she was discovered by Walt Disneywho was desperately looking for an actress to play the lead role in Pollyanna.
Her beautifully modulated voice is sweet and unmistakably Hayleythe sound of which instantly transports us back to the fabulous films that made her an international star when she was in her early teens — classics such as Tiger Bay, Pollyanna, Whistle Down The Wind and Parent Trap. In aged just 14, she even won a juvenile Oscar — the very last time it was awarded — for Pollyanna, although her parents, actor Sir John Mills and writer Mary Hayley Bell, chose not to tell her at the time. Besides she was indulged in some ways, like being shown around Disney World by Walt Disney himself.
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As I have noted, one of the key difficulties faced by child stars and especially by girls is how they revise their image as they grow up, and how successfully they make the transition to adult roles. Others — perhaps those who were more implicitly or explicitly sexual in the first place — seem to make the transition more smoothly: Elizabeth Taylor or Jodie Foster, for example. Many appear to crash and burn in their private lives, and never fully recover, attracting a great deal of voyeuristic publicity in the process: examples here might include Drew Barrymore or Macaulay Culkin or indeed Michael Jackson.
She is alive and well and living near London, working in the English theater and, best of all, has returned to Walt Disney Studios to star in 'Parent Trap II,' 25 years after starring as the twin mischief-makers in 'The Parent Trap. Hayley was the button-nosed darling of the s who endeared herself to movie audiences in 'Pollyanna,' 'Whistle Down the Wind,' 'In Search of the Castaways,' 'Summer Magic,' 'The Moonspinners' and others. Her flaxen hair, big round eyes and broad English accent made her a miniature superstar.