Hayley Mills

Hayley Mills

Highest Rated: 100% Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

Lowest Rated: 14% A Troll in Central Park (1994)

Birthday: Apr 18, 1946

Birthplace: London, England

The daughter of British actor John Mills and playwright Mary Hayley Bell, Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills made her first screen appearance as an infant in 1947's So Well Remembered. It wasn't until a decade later, however, that Hayley Mills made her formal film debut, portraying the preteen murder witness who is nearly destroyed by her connection to the criminal in 1959's Tiger Bay. Playing many scenes alongside her own father,Mills gave an uncannily affecting performance that won her the British Film Academy's Most Promising Newcomer Award. The movie also brought her to the attention of Walt Disney, ever on the lookout for talented child actors. In 1959, Mills entered Disney's orbit, and the producer placed her into the most meticulous and artistic live-action film in his studio's history up to that time: Pollyanna (1960). The movie transformed Mills from a precociously talented juvenile player into a full-fledged star, and earned her a special Academy Award for her performance. Ironically, Pollyanna was somewhat mis-marketed at the time as a film intended principally for younger girls and their mothers -- in actuality, it is a sentimental film whose dramatic content and visual craftsmanship place it closer in spirit to pictures like The Music Man, or even Shenandoah, perfectly suitable for general audiences; as a result, it was never as big a hit in theaters as it should have been, and Mills' biggest success for Disney turned out to be her next feature, The Parent Trap (1961). This movie, about a set of estranged identical twin sisters who conspire to get their divorced parents back together, gave the 15-year-old actress the chance to play two separate characters, with two distinctly different personalities. She was able to convince a major part of the audience that she was two different people (a gambit later picked up by the creators of The Patty Duke Show), and she also hit the pop music charts with a song from the film, called "Let's Get Together." In the years that followed, Mills' output for Disney proved somewhat uneven, The Moon-Spinners (1964) failing to impress critics, while the more dramatically demanding The Chalk Garden (1964), in which she played an emotionally crippled adolescent, was some of her best work, and reunited her onscreen with her father; and she excelled in the drama Whistle Down the Wind (1962), directed by Bryan Forbes and made for Rank, playing a girl who shelters an escaped criminal, who thinks he's Jesus. The advent of the British Invasion in popular music, which imparted an appeal to all things British in America for about two years, helped sustain Mills' popularity, and her final Disney film, That Darn Cat (1965), was a hit and one of her best comedies, though she was outshone (as she might well have been) by old hands like William Demarest. Her first film after leaving the Disney fold was Gypsy Girl (1966), which marked a break from the American producer's tendency toward light comedy -- directed by her father and written by her mother, it presented Mills in the role of a retarded teenager. She was engaged by John and Roy Boulting to star in The Family Way (1966), a comedy about close-quarter familiar relations (best remembered today because of its score, written by Paul McCartney) -- that picture exploded her lingering goody-two-shoes image by offering Mills in a well-publicized nude scene, and what the scene itself didn't accomplish in changing her image, her romance and marriage to director Roy Boulting, some 33 years her senior, did, and the two had a daughter before their divorce in 1976. Mills would also have a lengthy relationship and eventually a son with actor Leigh Lawson. Curtailing her film appearances in the early '70s, Mills devoted most of her time to television productions; in 1986, she came back to the Disney fold with a Parent Trap TV-movie sequel, and she earned a place in the hearts of a new generation with the title role on 1987's Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the TV pr

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Mandie And The Cherokee Treasure Elizabeth Taft 2013
No Score Yet Foster (Angel In the House) Mrs. Lange 2011
No Score Yet Life Is a Banquet: The Rosalind Russell Story Actor 2009
No Score Yet Stricken Actor 2005
No Score Yet 2b Perfectly Honest Terry 2004
No Score Yet Child Stars: Their Story Actor 2000
14% A Troll in Central Park Hilary 1994
No Score Yet Back Home Mrs. Peggy Dickinson 1990
No Score Yet After Midnight Actor 1990
No Score Yet Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon Sharon/Susan Evers 1989
No Score Yet Parent Trap III Sharon Grand 1989
No Score Yet Appointment with Death Miss Quinton 1988
No Score Yet Dancin Thru the Dark Actor 1987
No Score Yet Parent Trap II Sharon/Susan 1986
No Score Yet The Flame Trees of Thika Tilly Grant 1982
No Score Yet Cry of the Penguins Actor 1981
No Score Yet The Kingfisher Caper (Diamond Lust)(The Diamond Hunters) Tracy 1976
No Score Yet What Changed Charley Farthing? (El tramposo)(The Bananas Boat)(The Swindler) Jenny 1976
No Score Yet Deadly Strangers Belle Adams 1974
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's Endless Night Actor 1972
No Score Yet Cry of the Penguins Tara 1971
No Score Yet Endless Night Ellie 1971
No Score Yet Take a Girl Like You Jenny Bunn 1970
No Score Yet Twisted Nerve Susan Harper 1969
No Score Yet Pretty Polly (A Matter of Innocence) Polly Barlow 1968
No Score Yet Africa---Texas Style! Girl at airport 1967
86% The Family Way Jenny Fitton 1966
No Score Yet The Daydreamer The Little Mermaid 1966
75% The Trouble With Angels Mary Clancy 1966
No Score Yet Sky West and Crooked (Bats with Baby Faces)(Gypsy Girl) Actor 1966
94% That Darn Cat! Patti Randall 1965
No Score Yet The Truth About Spring Spring Tyler 1965
No Score Yet The Moon-Spinners Nikky Ferris 1964
67% The Chalk Garden Laurel 1964
No Score Yet Summer Magic Nancy Carey 1963
No Score Yet In Search of the Castaways Mary Grant 1962
100% Whistle Down the Wind Kathy Bostock 1961
90% The Parent Trap Sharon McKendrick/Susan Evers 1961
86% Pollyanna Pollyanna 1960
75% Tiger Bay Gillie 1959


No Score Yet Midsomer Murders
No Score Yet Saved by the Bell (1989)
Miss Bliss 1992
No Score Yet Good Morning, Miss Bliss
Miss Carrie Bliss 1989
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Cynthia 1986
No Score Yet Moving On
No Score Yet Pitching In
Iona Driscoll
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
Claire Hawksworth


Pollyanna says: Of all the stupid little juvenile tricks! You mean to tell me you brought me all the way up here to see a crummy old... a crummy old tree?!

Pollyanna says: Of all the stupid little juvenile tricks! You mean to tell me you brought me all the way up here to see a crummy old... a crummy old tree?

Pollyanna says: Well, I suppose I could be glad because...

Nancy Furman says: Yes, go ahead, darling.

Pollyanna says: No! It was a silly game! I hate it! I'll never want to play it again! Leave me alone!

Mr. Murg says: Why must you bedevil this poor dying woman with your childish silly little story?

Pollyanna says: I just thought she could play the game! [to Mrs. Snow] You could be glad you don't need this horrid old coffin! You could help others, by making the patch-work quilt for the orphans if you wanted. You ought to forget about dying and be glad you're living!

Pollyanna says: The Ladies Aids had sent me with this.

Mrs. Snow says: What is it?

Pollyanna says: Calf's foot jelly.

Mrs. Snow says: Calf's foot jelly. Oh, and I had my heart set on lamb's broth, today.

Pollyanna says: You mean chicken, don't you?

Mrs. Snow says: What's that?

Pollyanna says: Well, they told me you always wanted chicken when you were brought jelly.

Nancy Furman says: What did we bring her today?

Pollyanna says: Umm, calf's foot jelly.

Nancy Furman says: You wait and see. She's bound to wish she had chicken, and if we brought her chicken, she'd want she had lamb broth. She's just cantankerous!

Nancy Furman says: Just this one, Mrs. Snow, and I wish this were over with.

Pollyanna says: What's wrong with her?

Nancy Furman says: She's just plain crabby that's what's wrong with her. You never met anyone so cantankerous. If it was Friday, she'd wish it was Tuesday.

Pollyanna says: I like your cousin, Fred, very much.

Nancy Furman says: Oh, he's alright, I guess.

Pollyanna says: He's very handsome and he has a nice smile, but there's something sort of, I don't know, funny about him.

Nancy Furman says: What do you mean "funny?"

Nancy Furman says: What do you mean 'funny?'

Nancy Furman says: What do you mean 'funny'?

Pollyanna says: I know what it is! It's his name. He doesn't look at all like a Fred.

Nancy Furman says: What?!

Pollyanna says: He looks more like a George, to me! [Pollyanna runs off]

Nancy Furman says: Pollyanna! [Nancy chases after her] Wait a minute!

Pollyanna says: Oh, you mean what I said before? I understand that now. I'll never say that again.

Aunt Polly Harrington says: You understand what?

Pollyanna says: About the money. I'm not suppose to be glad, we're so very rich, huh?

Mary Clancy says: I have the most scathingly brilliant idea

Mary Clancy says: I've got the most scathingly brilliant idea!