11 November 1966
|Years active||1985–present (break 1994–2002)|
|Spouse(s)||Gavin O'Reilly (1994–2006) divorced, 2 children|
|Partner(s)||Douglas De Jager (2011–2012) his death|
|Children||Alanna (b. 1996)
Lauren (b. 1999)
Alison Doody (born 11 November 1966) is an Irish actress and model. After making her feature film debut with a small part in Bond film A View to a Kill (1985), she went on to win probably her best known role to date: Nazi-sympathising archaeologist Elsa Schneider, in 1989 hit Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The youngest of three children, Doody was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her mother, Joan, was a beauty therapist, and her father Patrick, worked in the property business and farmed. Doody attended Mount Anville Secondary School.
Approached by a photographer, Doody took up modelling, which turned into a career in commercial modelling. Doody stringently avoided glamour and nude work — a clause which she extended to her acting career.
Having come to the attention of the casting director of a new James Bond film, she accepted a small part as Jenny Flex in 1985's A View to a Kill. Doody was listed as one of 12 Promising New Actors of 1986 in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38. Still only 18 when she appeared in the role, Doody was – and remains – the youngest Bond girl to date. Another early movie was a small part as IRA member Siobhan Donovan in A Prayer for the Dying, which starred Mickey Rourke.
Doody had a non-speaking role in the 1987 television adaptation of The Secret Garden appearing as Archibald Craven's wife, Lilias, in his dream. Her first lead role was in a 1988 episode of Jim Henson fantasy series The Storyteller as Sapsorrow, opposite John Hurt, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
She played opposite Pierce Brosnan in the film Taffin before taking probably her most high profile part to date, as Austrian Nazi-sympathiser and archaeologist Dr. Elsa Schneider in 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade playing opposite Harrison Ford. The film also starred Sean Connery as Indie's father; Doody has acted alongside three actors (Moore, Connery, and Brosnan) who have portrayed James Bond.
In 1991 Doody co-starred opposite Jonathan Pryce in British mini-series Selling Hitler, inspired by the publishing fraud known as the Hitler Diaries. She subsequently relocated to Hollywood. Chosen to replace Cybill Shepherd as spokeswoman for L'Oréal, she went on to play opposite Charlie Sheen in 1994's Major League II as Flannery, his girlfriend and agent.
After almost a decade away from the screen, Doody returned to acting with a small role in 2003 British comedy movie The Actors with Michael Caine, playing herself in an award ceremony scene. She played alongside Patrick Swayze in a television movie adaptation of King Solomon's Mines and also starred in a short called Benjamin's Struggle (2005), a pamphlet about the Holocaust, and in the British TV series Waking the Dead (in a two-part episode called "The Fall"). In 2010, Doody shot a part in Danny Dyer film The Rapture. She later guest starred in RTÉ's medical drama The Clinic., and was set to star in a 2011 remake of horror classic The Asphyx, but the project later stalled.
In 2011 she began the first of two seasons on E4 comedy drama Beaver Falls, playing Pam Jefferson.
Doody married Gavin O'Reilly, CEO of the Independent News & Media on 25 June 1994, at the O'Reilly family residence Castlemartin. The couple made their home at Bartra House, a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) home overlooking the sea in Dalkey; at the time of purchase, the most expensive house in Ireland. The marriage produced two daughters (Alanna in 1996; Lauren in 1999). She separated from O'Reilly in 2004, and divorced him in 2006.
During the 2011 filming of comedy-drama Beaver Falls in South Africa, Doody met Douglas De Jager, a packaging tycoon from Cape Town. The couple had been keeping their relationship low-key, before De Jager died of a heart attack in July 2012.
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