Road safety ac­tivist and ac­tor Moira Winslow dies

Sunday Times - - NEWS - JAN BORN­MAN

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.

The E! net­work has be­gun film­ing a fly-on-the-wall se­ries fea­tur­ing the 70-year-old Scot­tish singer and his fam­ily in their Los An­ge­les home.

Star­ring along­side Ste­wart will be his 43-year-old model wife, Penny Lan­caster, and their two sons, aged nine and four.

Chil­dren from his first mar­riage, Sean, 34, and Kim­berly, 35, will also ap­pear, as will ac­tor Ge­orge Hamil­ton, who used to be mar­ried to Ste­wart’s first wife, Alana.

Based on the sprawl­ing fam­ily, the show is likely to re­sem­ble E!’s hit show Keep­ing Up with the Kar­dashi­ans.


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