(b. **/**/1931? - d. **/03/2015). Actress, road safety activist. English-born actress Moira C. Gray married South African cricketer Paul Winslow when, in 1955, he came to England with Jack Cheetham’s team. At the time she was touring with the all-women play Women of Twilight, by Sylvia Rayman. After their marriage they first moved to what was then Rhodesia and then came to South Africa, where she took the role of Nel Clay in The Villagers (1976-78), the SABC’s first English-language soap opera. She also acted in the films 40 Days (Franz Marx/1979), The Demon (Percival Rubens/1981) and Running Riot (Koos Roets/2006).
However, she became especially well known as the outspoken founder and chairperson of the Drive Alive campaign. This was launched in 1989 after her daughter, her son and two grandchildren were killed in a horrific car accident. Her husband died in 2011 and ill health forced her to move to England to live with a surviving daughter, Lesley. When she left, both the Automobile Association and the Minister of Transport paid tribute to her for her contribution to the promotion of road safety in South Africa. Her and Paul's story is told in the documentary No Time For Goodbyes (Darryl Els/2008). (FO)
Sunday Times, 8 March 2015
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