Sarah Miles (born 31 December 1941) is an English theatre and film actress. Her best known films include The Servant (1963), Blowup (1966), Ryan’s Daughter (1970) and Hope and Glory (1987).
Her career flourished during the Swinging Sixties and in the early Seventies. The high point of her career came when her husband, screenwriter Robert Bolt, adapted “Madame Bovary” into a story set during the 1916 Easter Rebellion in Ireland. Directed by David Lean, Ryan’s Daughter (1970), with Miles as the eponymous lead, brought her a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Lean equated her as a talent with Julie Christie, whom she physically resembled. However, Bolt’s next script for her, Lady Caroline Lamb (1972), which he also directed, was a critical and box office flop when it was released in 1973.
That same year, she was involved with scandal when her manager died under mysterious circumstances during the shooting of The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973). She reportedly was cuckolding Robert Bolt with her “Cat” co-star, Burt Reynolds.
After appearing in a TV adaptation of William Faulkner’s “Requiem for a Nun” for the Hollywood Television Theatre (broadcast by PBS) in 1975 and The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (1976) in 1976, Miles divorced Bolt and her career dropped off. Miles had one last burst of glory with Hope and Glory (1987) (1989). She is now retired from the acting.
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