Road safety activist and actor Moira Winslow dies
ONE: Singer Miley Cyrus and One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles DRIVEN: Moira Winslow started Drive Alive after she lost her family in a road accident
TWO: Taylor Swift and Styles MOIRA Winslow, the founder of Drive Alive, died this week at her daughter’s home in the UK after a prolonged illness.
Winslow, an actress on one of South Africa’s first TV soapies, was described as gentle, firm, and a great giver to the country by people who knew her. Gray Hofmeyr, who directed her in the popular ’70s series The Villagers, said “she had a very full life”.
“I am extremely sad to hear about her death, but also grateful for her life and to have known her,” he said. She was a “really great woman” and a “fabulous” actress.
“I directed her in The Villagers all those years ago and we became very good friends. I had a lot of respect for her, not least in the way she dealt with the death of her son and daughter, which inspired her to do Drive Alive,” he said.
Winslow’s son, daughter and two grandchildren were killed in 1985 when a Porsche ploughed into their car. That led her to start the Drive Alive initiative. When she left South Africa to live with her surviving daughter, Lesley, in the UK because of ill health, the Au- tomobile Association of South Africa honoured her work with the road safety campaign.
“We are sad to see her go, especially after everything she has done towards road safety in our country,” said Gary Ronald, head of public affairs at the AA, at the time.
“Moira can be proud of the legacy she leaves us and also proving the difference one dedicated person can make in the lives of a nation.”
A gentle woman with a very strong backbone
Bobby Heaney, a film and stage director and producer who worked with Winslow on the Shakespeare Academy, said: “She was a gentle woman in the old-fashioned way.
“I mean that in that she was always extremely gracious, but she was modern in the sense that she was always a tough woman. She was an extraordinary combination of a gentle woman with a very strong backbone. I admired her and I am very sad to hear she is gone,” said Heaney. AGEING rocker Rod Stewart is about to become the latest reality TV star.
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