|Born||Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills
18 April 1946
Marylebone, London, England
|Education||Elmhurst Ballet School|
(m. 1971; div. 1977)
|Partner(s)||Leigh Lawson (1975â€“84)
Firdous Bamji (1997â€“present)
|Parent(s)||Sir John Mills
Lady Mary Hayley Mills (nÃ©e Bell)
|Relatives||Juliet Mills (sister)|
If ever I feel I might be able to tackle it, I'd love to try holding a spear or something in the theater, or opening a door, or anything, just to try it, you know, because it must be some marvelous magic thing.
Do I think I'm under-educated? Academically, absolutely. I never took any exams, no O- or A-levels.
I have a lot of mirrors around my house, not because I like to look at myself, but because I like the light and perspective they bring to a room.
I live in jeans and own a lot of them. I'm much more comfortable in trousers and T-shirts, and I don't often wear dresses.
Wherever I am in the world, I never get Sunday night blues. I suppose it's because I've never worked at any one thing long enough to start hating it.
I like solitary pursuits, such as reading or pottering about in the garden.
My sons are precious to me and I have tried incredibly hard to strike the right balance between work and home life while being acutely aware that I haven't always got it right.
There's such an energy bounding around New York, I can't help but get swept along in it.
It doesn't make sense that there is only one way of dealing with cancer.
Even when I became the typical shy adolescent, I never minded performing. I felt there was a kind of safety, a protection about being on stage, about losing myself in another character.
My father was an inspiration to me; I made a few movies with him and I loved working with him. Everything about him – his whole approach to work, as well as his love, enthusiasm and respect for it and other people in the business – was inspiring. I was very lucky to have him as a role model.
In my life, things have happened to me. I've never felt I was controlling anything.