Jamaican Actress Who Survived World War II Torpedo Has Died


Jamaica’s outstanding stage and screen actress Lois Kelly Miller has died.

Born on October 15, 1917, she began her career as an actress with Jamaica’s legendary annual theatre show known as “Pantomime” with the Little Theatre Company.

She appeared in a slew of pantomimes and built a closed friendship with Jamaica’s cultural icon Louise Bennett Coverley (Miss Lou).

Both Lois and Miss Lou lived in Gordon Town, St Andrew, where their friendship grew even stronger.

She was also a good friend of, Barbara Gloudon, who is also from Gordon Town.

Lois made appearances in local productions that involved screenplays, commercials, infomercials, and theatre.

In the mid-’40s on her way back to Jamaica from London, England, where she had gone to study music, the vessel she was in got hit by a torpedo from an enemy ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Two of her friends died in the attack, but she survived with burns that reportedly, are still evident on her body.

Lois died this morning, April 8, 2020, at age 102, months before her 103 birthday.

Shannon-Dale Reid

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