EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Roger Moore’s feisty third wife dies – 18 years after he left the Italian actress for her best friend
Sir Roger Moore’s children were thrilled by the long-awaited release of the new James Bond film, No Time To Die.
Just days after the glittering world premiere, they are, however, coping with devastating news.
I can disclose that their mother, Luisa Mattioli, has died at the age of 85. The Italian actress was 007 star Sir Roger’s third wife.
‘Sadly, I can confirm it is the case,’ their son, Mayfair restaurateur Geoffrey Moore, tells me from Switzerland, where Luisa is understood to have been living at the time of her death.
One of the family’s friends tells me: ‘Luisa was ill for some time, so it has been a difficult period for all the family. Despite her acrimonious split from Sir Roger, they were reconciled before his death.’
Sir Roger Moore’s children (pictured in 1973 with Moore and Luise Mattioli) were thrilled by the long-awaited release of the new James Bond film, No Time To Die
Luisa Mattioli, has died at the age of 85. The Italian actress was 007 star Sir Roger’s third wife. Pictured: Roger Moore after his wedding to Luisa Mattioli at Caxton Hall
Moore, who died in 2017 aged 87, left Mattioli in 1993 for her best friend, Swedish-born Danish socialite Kristina ‘Kiki’ Tholstrup.
Mattioli won a huge £10 million settlement in their divorce, which she refused to grant for seven years.
She wrote in her memoirs, Nothing Lasts Forever, about how she felt betrayed by Tholstrup and discarded by Moore.
Moore’s children with Mattioli, Geoffrey, Deborah and Christian, refused to speak to him for some time after the divorce, but were later reconciled with their father.
The start of Mattioli’s romance with Moore was just as explosive as its end.
When his second wife, Dorothy Squires, learned of his affair with Mattioli, which began while they were filming Romulus And The Sabines in Italy in 1961, the Welsh singer smashed a guitar over his head.
Moore, who died in 2017 aged 87, left Mattioli (both pictured) in 1993 for her best friend, Swedish-born Danish socialite Kristina ‘Kiki’ Tholstrup
Moore said: ‘She threw a brick through my window. She reached through the glass and grabbed my shirt and she cut her arms doing it.
The police came and they said: ‘Madam, you’re bleeding’, and she said: ‘It’s my heart that’s bleeding’.’
Squires refused to accept their separation and sued Moore for loss of conjugal rights, but Moore refused the court’s order to return to Squires in 28 days.
She unsuccessfully sued Kenneth More for libel, as the actor had introduced Moore and Mattioli at a charity event as ‘Mr Roger Moore and his wife’.
When Moore, who was first married aged just 18 to fellow RADA student Doorn Van Steyn, finally wed Mattioli in 1969, a crowd of 600 fans gathered outside the Caxton Hall in Westminster, with women screaming his name.
ELTON’S ROCKETMAN HONOURED
When David Furnish took over his husband Sir Elton John’s business affairs, he was accused of causing a split with a string of long-term allies including the star’s manager, lawyer and PR man.
Sir Elton explained: ‘He is taking care of business — getting rid of dross with a capital D.’
Now, Furnish can have the last laugh, as I can disclose he’s to receive a unique joint honour with Sir Elton, recognising his role in taking the singer’s career to new heights.
The couple will be given the first Artist and Manager Partnership award at a star-packed Bloomsbury ceremony next month.
Paul Craig, Chair of the Music Managers Forum, which will present the award, says: ‘Alongside Elton’s artistic brilliance, I’m delighted we can also recognise the immense role played by David Furnish.
‘To expand such a valuable musical legacy and to successfully reposition this timeless catalogue for a streaming audience is a huge achievement, to the point where Elton’s music now feels more relevant than ever.’
Best leave the singing to Elton on the night though, David.
GUESS WHAT SIR PAUL IS GROWING (NOW IT’S LEGAL)
Sir Paul McCartney was arrested in the 1970s for growing marijuana on his Scottish farm, but now he’s decided to cultivate the plant legally.
‘We’re just getting into growing hemp, but the funny thing is, with Government regulations, you’ve got to keep it where people can’t see it,’ he reveals to Ruth Rogers on the chef’s new podcast, River Cafe Table 4.
Sir Paul McCartney (pictured with Ruth Rogers) was arrested in the 1970s for growing marijuana on his Scottish farm, but now he’s decided to cultivate the plant legally
‘Otherwise, you’ll get all the kids getting in and robbing you.’
The former Beatle, pictured with Lady Rogers, was fined £100 for ‘illegal cultivation’ of marijuana plants in 1973. Due to the conviction, he was temporarily denied a visa to the U.S.
Boris Johnson’s wife, Carrie, did little for his reputation when she hired expensive interior decorator Lulu Lytle to renovate their Downing Street flat.
She has, though, apparently done wonders for Lytle’s business, Soane Ltd.
I hear that assets in Soane shot up by almost £1 million in the year of the refit, which included £840-a-roll wallpaper, a £9,800 Baby Bear sofa and a £3,000 Lily Drum table.
Newly filed accounts reveal company assets went from £2.2 million to £3.1 million over the year.
Novelist Colm Toibin has revealed that prior to the Queen’s historic visit to his native Ireland in 2011 he was quizzed by two British diplomats in a Dublin hotel about good places for the Queen to go.
They were aghast when he suggested she should visit a stud farm, claiming it was too posh.
Not in Ireland where horses are part of daily life, he said. HM subsequently toured the Irish National Stud.
THIS IS THIGH SOCIETY
Sometimes the most striking sights at Paris Fashion Week are not to be found on the catwalks.
Luther star Idris Elba’s model wife, Sabrina, looked in perfect harmony with her friend, the former Strictly contestant Emma Weymouth, as they left the Ritz.
Idris Elba’s model wife, Sabrina, looked in perfect harmony with her friend, the former Strictly contestant Emma Weymouth, as they left the Ritz
The pair’s floor-length black dresses were slashed at the thigh.
Emma, 35, who is the Marchioness of Bath, and Sabrina, 32, clearly have a model friendship.
Hands off Channel 4! Ex-Cabinet minister Damian Green is furious at Boris Johnson’s plans to privatise the broadcaster.
Green, a member of the Commons culture committee, was on his way to commiserate with C4 presenters at a dinner at the Tory conference when he blasted the idea.
‘It’s being done for ‘culture war’ reasons,’ he tells me. ‘But ask the average ‘Red Wall’ voter and they don’t give a toss about it.’
Stanley Johnson is proving so popular at the Conservative Party conference he’s considering donning a disguise.
‘Everyone’s taking selfies with me,’ the Prime Minister’s father tells me, adding: ‘It’s rather fun, but also makes it difficult to have a conversation if I have to keep stopping for pictures.’
Unfortunately, the reality TV star, 81, has a very distinctive appearance — even when he colours his blond locks.
‘I dyed my hair red on Celebrity Hunted as a disguise, but it just didn’t work,’ he moans, adding: ‘Maybe next time I come to conference I should get a hat?’
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