Hayley Mills: Angelic Icon of the 60s and Beyond

Hayley Mills. Photo: Loomis Dean | The LIFE Picture Collection

Actress Hayley Mills was born on this day, April 18, 1946, in London, England.  Her child acting career began with her debut performance in the 1959 crime drama Tiger Bay, for which she won the “BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer.”

1960’s, George Harrison and Hayley Mills

A year later she starred in the Disney classic Pollyanna (1960), and quickly became one of Disney’s favorite personalities. It was a success, and during the next five years she played a number of wonderful roles in some of Disney’s best non-animated films, including The Parent Trap (1961), In Search of the Castaways (1962), Summer Magic (1963), The Moon-Spinners (1964), and That Darn Cat! (1965).

Some of her most popular non-Disney films were The Trouble with Angels (1966) and her Little Mermaid voice role in the Rankin/Bass stop motion animation The Daydreamer (1966), which was based on Hans Christian Andersen stories.

Hayley Mills had several Beatles connections in her young life.  In the 1960’s, Hayley Mills and George Harrison went to a charity event together, and she was photographed hanging out with some of The Beatles members later at the Pickwick Club.  In 1966, Paul McCartney wrote the musical score for her film The Family Way.  While filming The Family Way, Mills met director Roy Boulting, 33 years her senior, and the two married in 1971.

Here is Hayley Mills in The Trouble with Angels.