Juliet Mills wanted to dance.
Her father, John Mills, was a British stage and screen star; her mother, Mary Hayley Bell,
a playwright and novelist; her sister, Hayley, a popular teenage actress; and her brother,
Jonathan, an assistant director.
At 14, Juliet, too, was bitten by the acting bug when she appeared in "Alice Through the
Looking Glass" at London's Chelsea Palace.
This successful role won Miss Mills, a petite 5'2" blonde with blue eyes and waist-length
hair, a role in the highly acclaimed play "Five Finger Exercise" by Sir John Gielgud, which
ran for 18 months in her hometown of London and nine months on Broadway.
Her professional career flourished with stage performances in "Lady Windermere's Fan,"
"Peter Pan,""the Glad and Sorry Season," "Alfie" on Broadway and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Juliet made her motion picture debut in Britain in "No, My Darling Daughter" with Sir
Michael Redgrave, and later in America in "The Rare Breed," starring James Stewart and
She appeared in "Mrs. Miniver," "The Morning After" and "Man of the World," but
is most remembered for her memorable performance in "Dicken's World," again opposite
Sir Michael Redgrave.
Juliet was selected as Nanny from more than 150 actresses who tested for the role.
Executive producer David Gerber bought out her current play "She Stoops to Conquer" so
she could come to star in the half-hour comedy.
Miss Phoebe Figalilly (Nanny), a cross between Dr. Dolittle and Mary Poppins, is a
most unusual English nanny who comes to care for a motherless American family.
Juliet's affinity for animals in this role comes naturally.
At 14 she helped deliver a calf on her parents' farm. Later, visiting her father
on a movie set on the island of Tobago, she astonished everyone by entering a cage
of lions and tigers and playing with them.
In 1961 Miss Mills married American songwriter Russell Edward Alquist, Jr., whom
she met while starring in "Five Finger Exercise." They have a blonde, blue-eyed