Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills was born on the 18th April 1946, in London, England, and is an actress best known for her roles in the 1960s, very often in films produced by Walt Disney including “The Pollyanna” (1960). In 1961, Hayley was the most popular star at the box office of the UK, and in 1962 and 1963 she was the 5th most popular star in the UK. Mills has been active in the entertainment industry since 1958.
How rich is the actress? Authoritative sources have estimated that the outright size of Hayley Mills’ net worth is equal to $5 million, as of the information presented in early 2017. Films and television are the main sources of Mills’ wealth.
Hayley Mills Net Worth $5 Million
To begin with, Mills is the daughter of the noted actor Sir John Mills and the screenwriter Mary Hayley Bell, and the younger sister of Juliet Mills. Although her father and mother were already in the film industry, Hayley actually got her first film role at the age of 12 because she was discovered by J. Lee Thompson, playing the lead role in the acclaimed film “Tiger Bay” (1959), which actually had to be played by a boy. Lillian Disney saw her and invited Hayley to then play the title role in the film “Pollyanna” (1960). For her role in the above mentioned film, Mills was given a special Oscar as well as winning Laurel and Golden Globe Awards. Soon, she was cast in “The Parent Trap” (1961), in which she played the double role twins in the film which was also a great success, and she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Her net worth was well established.
This start subsequently allowed Mills to be regularly seen in Disney movies, and consequently she was nominated for prestigious awards for her roles in the films “Whistle Down the Wind” (1962) and “Summer Magic” (1964), and she soon became the most popular child star. However, the Disney company decided not to renew her contract in 1966, but Mills then landed a main role in the comedy film “The Trouble with Angels” by Ida Lupino, and afterwards Hayley moved back to England for an adult role in comedy drama “The Family Way” (1966) directed by Roy Boulting – in one scene audience was able to see her bare buttocks, which caused some controversy; experts and critics prematurely concluded that the actress’ career was damaged, as she then starred in several films including the psychological thriller film “Twisted Nerve” (1968) directed by Roy Boulting, the comedy film “Take a Girl Like You” (1970) directed by Jonathan Miller, the horror and crime film “Endless Night” (1972) directed by Sidney Gilliat and others.
In 1987, she starred in youth series “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” broadcast on the Disney Channel, although the series were cancelled after only thirteen episodes. In 1990 she decided to quit acting, although having established significant net worth. In recent years, she returned briefly for some roles in British movies, but has also appeared on stage, including touring Australia in “Legands!”.
Finally, in the personal life of the actress, the Mills met the director Roy Boulting at the age of 20 and he 30 years her senior. They celebrated their wedding in 1971, and Mills had their son Crispian (born in 1973), who became leader of the rock band Kula Shaker. After her divorce from Boulting (1977), Mills had a relationship with the British actor Leigh Lawson from 1975 to 1984, with whom she had another son, Jason (born in 1976). She has been in partnership with Indian-American actor Firdous Bamji since 1987. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, but after surgery and alternative treatment is now in full remission.
On the 1st of January 2008, whilst presenting his show on TalkSport Celebrity, MP George Galloway announced that she was his first love.
At the age of 16, she was offered the title role in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962) but her parents decided against it because they feared that the film's steamy subject matter might taint her wholesome image. The part went to Sue Lyon instead. In later years, Mills admitted that she regretted not taking the part.
Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
Of the Oscar-winning father-daughter couples, she and her father are one of two couples (the other is Jane Fonda/Henry Fonda) where the daughter won an Academy award before the father did.
She and her father John Mills were the first Oscar-winning father-daughter couple.
In the movie That Darn Cat! (1965), her habit of biting her nails precluded her from using her own hands in close-ups. A studio worker, Tricia Blain, who just happened to be hanging around the set watching the filming was selected to serve as a double in those shots that required close-ups of the actress' hands.
Her movie, The Trouble with Angels (1966), is the favorite of Elizabeth Smart, the Salt Lake City girl who was kidnapped from her bedroom in June 2002 and found alive on March 12, 2003. She watched the movie with her family the day she was found and reunited with them.