Place of Death
Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cause of Death
Drug overdose (and asphyxiation (suicide by))
Temple University of Pennsylvania, University of Florence
Full Name at Birth
Lois Irene Yanessa
Lois Hamilton (October 14, 1952 – December 23, 1999) was an American model, author, aviator, artist and actress.
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Born Lois Aurino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was a descendant of Italian nobility, a titled baroness with a family line that dates back to 11th-century Naples. She studied at Temple University in her native Philadelphia before going on to the University of Florence in Florence, Italy, where she received degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts.
Her looks brought an opportunity with the Ford Modeling Agency where she became one of its top models during the 1970s. Hamilton graced the covers of many magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Fortune, Mademoiselle, Vogue Italia, Prevue, Neue Revue Illustrierte, Newsweek, Paris Match, Hello!, Redbook, Ladies` Home Journal, Glamour, Time, and many others. Some of her ad campaigns included Chanel, Clairol, Halston, Pucci and Hermès, and she appeared in over 150 commercials worldwide. Moving to Hollywood, she made a successful transition from model to actress. Within a year, she landed more TV stints than any other actress at her agency. She worked with such notables as Ivan Reitman, Neil Simon, Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford, Ned Beatty, Burt Reynolds, John Candy, John Larroquette, Dom DeLuise, Roger Moore, Bill Murray, Jane Fonda, Dean Martin, Carl Reiner, David Carradine, Sammy Davis, Jr., Steve Guttenberg, Howard W. Koch, Albert S. Ruddy, Hal Needham, and Thomas R. Bond II to name a few. Under the name Lois Hamilton or Lois Areno, she appeared in several Hollywood films as well as on television shows including many popular series such as The Dukes of Hazzard and Three`s Company. When she wasn`t involved in a feature film or television project, she took to the skies, where she was a licensed private pilot. She logged over 600 hours in the air and was an accomplished aerobatic pilot, flying her 1936 German biplane. Hamilton was also an accomplished sculptress, painter and writer. She exhibited her bronze sculptures and oil paintings in many one-woman shows in Los Angeles. An author as well, she penned her first novel, Move Over Tarzan, a woman`s guide on how to be as assertive as the most aggressive, successful man using a woman`s femininity.
On December 23, 1999, Hamilton locked herself in her hotel room at the Sheraton Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Apparently depressed over her lingering injuries from an auto accident earlier in the year, she took several sleeping pills, placed a plastic bag over her head, and died shortly thereafter. She was 56 years old. She is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery. However, the official police report states that there are many suspicions around her death, including that the door could have been locked by someone who had a key to the room. The bag placed around her head was also not sealed tight enough to cause death by axphixiation. Finally, the toxicology report states that the level of sleeping pills in her system was only very minor, and also not enough to cause her death either.
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