Roger Moore, the legendary English actor known for playing James Bond, has died at the age of 89.
This news was announced by Roger Moore’s family on Tuesday morning.
Roger Moore is survived by his wife, Kristina Tholstrup. Here’s what you need to know about her.
1. She Was Moore’s Next Door Neighbor & They Grew Close After Her Cancer Diagnosis
In the early 1990s, Roger Moore was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He would later say that this caused him to rethink a lot of things in his life, including his marriage.
“Suddenly I had plenty of time to think about my life and how close I had been to losing it,” Moore told Express. “I am ashamed to admit that I was thinking of changing my life completely.”
Moore started to be drawn to Kristina Tholstrup, a woman who lived near his home in the south of France. She had also been recently diagnosed with cancer – breast cancer in her case – and this shared experience caused them to grow close.
“She passed on a message via a friend that she was thinking of me and to pass on her love,” Moore told Express. “I found myself thinking about her a lot.”
According to Hello Magazine, Tholstrup is a former flight attendant from Sweden.
2. They Started Dating in the 1990s
Roger Moore was married a total of four times, first to Doorn van Steyn, then to Dorothy Squires, then to Luisa Mattioli, and then to Kristina Tholstrup.
In 1993, Moore and Luisa Mattioli separated, and not long after, Moore began dating Kristina Tholstrup. Tholstrup had been a friend of Mattioli’s, and Mattioli said on several occasions that she felt betrayed by Tholstrup, including in her book Nothing Lasts Forever.
According to the Evening Standard, there had been rumors that Moore had been having an affair with Tholstrup while he was with Luisa Mattioli because Mattioli was too fiery for him, although she said in her book that she did everything possible to make her husband’s life easy.
3. They Were Married in 2002 at a Private Ceremony
Roger Moore and Kristina Tholstrup were married in 2002.
According to Hello Magazine, the wedding between Moore and Tholstrup was extremely private, and Moore’s agent even insisted to members of the press at the time that no wedding had taken place, even though Moore’s son confirmed it. Moore’s children did not attend the ceremony.
“We support his happiness and if he is happy then I am happy,” Roger’s son Geoffrey told Hello Magazine. “I did not go. There was no family there. He wanted to do it in a low-key way and went off and did it.”
Moore later said that he did not invite his kids to the wedding, not wanting to put them in an awkward spot.
“Actually, I didn’t invite them because I didn’t want to put them in a difficult position,” he told the Evening Standard. “They have great loyalty to their mother. But, in the end, I trusted we would all be reconciled, and we are. They now get on with Kristina and accept her importance in my life.”
4. They Traveled the World Together & Roger Said She Was the Love of His Life
Roger Moore and Kristina Tholstrup frequently traveled around the world together.
According to the Evening Standard, Moore and Tholstrup spent six weeks out of the year in Monaco, another six weeks in Switzerland, and most of the rest of the time traveling the world because of Moore’s work with UNICEF. Moore was constantly doing charity work to help children.
Moore says that it was actually Audrey Hepburn who inspired him to get involved in charity work.
“[Once it was impossible to find any Bond villains older than myself, I retired,” Moore told the Evening Standard. “I then met Audrey Hepburn who got me involved with Unicef and I realised I wanted to do something with my celebrity and privilege.”
An Express profile of Moore describes him as being head over heels in love with Tholstrup.
“There was a time when I’d have thought it impossible to fall in love at an older age,” Moore said. “I’d have probably mocked it in my younger days because I would have found it so unlikely and embarrassing.”
5. Kristina Had One Daughter From a Previous Relationship, Who Died Last Year
Roger Moore had three biological children: Deborah Moore, Christian Moore, and Geoffrey Robert Moore.
He also had a stepdaughter, Christina Knudsen, who was Tholstrup’s daughter from a previous relationship. Unfortunately, Christina Knudsen died in 2016 at the age of 47 after a battle with cancer.
“Our beautiful daughter Christina (aka Flossie) lost her battle with cancer 25 July at 10am,” Moore wrote on Twitter at the time. “We are heartbroken. We were all with her, surrounding her with love, at the end.”