Tania Mallet 1941-2019

I was very sad to lose my cousin Tania this week. Tania was my aunt Olga’s daughter, and my sister and I grew up with her. She showed her Russian heritage in her very beautiful bone structure and eyes, that made her into one of the top models of the early 60’s. However, she was never vain, but a kind and generous person who used her model earnings to put her half brothers through school. She was a great optimist and always looked on life with positivity. The first visit I ever made to a film set was visiting her in a night shoot on the set of Goldfinger, where she joined the exclusive club of ‘Bond Girls.’  I will always remember her laughter and the best porcini risotto I have ever tasted she made from porcini she found by the side of a golf course in Sussex (our Russian grandmother taught her how to look for mushrooms.) My sister and I will miss her very much.