‘Forever Young’ by Hayley Mills

My Review (4 stars out of 5)


Actress Hayley Mills recounts her journey from an untroubled childhood in post-war Britain, to worldwide fame as a child actor. Coming from a well-known theatrical family (John Mills, Juliette Mills etc), she got to know a host of famous actors, writers and directors, including Walt Disney, Bryan Forbes, Jane Wyman, George Sanders, Maureen O’Hara and Ian McShane.

This memoir details the life and work of Hayley Mills from her birth until the time of her separation from husband Roy Boulting in the mid-seventies. As a kid, I was a big fan, so this was a fascinating insight into the background surrounding her best-known movies, including ‘Tiger Bay’, ‘Whistle Down the Wind’, ‘Pollyanna’ and ‘Sky West and Crooked’. Though the book is not particularly well written (it’s absolutely stuffed with cliches), I loved all the anecdotes and the author’s opinions on the actors and directors she most admired, as well as those she wasn’t quite so keen on. The book also relates the ongoing saga of her trust fund, revealing how most of her earnings as a child were eventually gobbled up by the tax man.

It’s a shame the book only covers the early part of her career, but it is nevertheless an absorbing account by one of my childhood heroines.

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  5 comments for “‘Forever Young’ by Hayley Mills

  1. 03/04/2023 at 6:59 PM

    Hi Colin, I adored Hayley Mills as a child and loved her in Pollyanna, That Darn Cat, and many other Disney movies. It is good to know there is a book about her life. I shall have to read it.


    • 03/04/2023 at 8:16 PM

      I watched Pollyanna yesterday and had forgotten what a great movie it is – so witty and very funny. “Death comes unexpectedly!” 😉

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  2. 01/04/2023 at 5:53 PM

    I always thought her film, In Search of the Castaways, was one of the great under-rated action/adventure films. Certainly a precedent to later films like Raider of the Lost Ark. But I am also partial to Trouble With Angels.


    • 01/04/2023 at 7:31 PM

      I haven’t seen Castaways for years and don’t remember Trouble with Angles. Just re-watched Sky West and Crooked, though Whistle Down the Wind will always be my favourite. 😉

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