Kristina Tholstrup, also known by her nickname Kiki, is a Swedish-born Danish socialite and multi-millionaire who is better known as the fourth wife of late English actor Sir Roger Moore. She is a former flight attendant from Sweden. Since her marriage to Moore in 2002, she has appeared as herself on several television shows and documentaries including 'Vivement dimanche', 'Prins Henrik', 'Frederik & Mary', 'Kongeligt bryllup' and 'Zulu Royal 2: The Wedding'. In 2011, she had an uncredited guest role in the TV movie 'A Princess for Christmas'. In her later life, she has been involved in charity work like her husband and often accompanied him to events organized by UNICEF.
Rise to Stardom
During her youth, Kristina Tholstrup was recognized for her beauty as well as her influence, thanks to her marriages to wealthy Swedish businessmen. However, she attracted the attention of international media after she became romantically involved with Roger Moore. Both of them were been in the news in the following years due to their unconventional love story and controversies regarding their previous marriages.
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Kristina Tholstrup was born in 1941 in Sweden to Danish origin parents. She spent her childhood and early youth with her parents in Sweden. Later in her life, she lived in different parts of the world, and after her marriage to Moore, travelled the world with him for his charitable work with UNICEF. In 1999, she was hit by a drunk driver speeding at three times over the limit. While she survived the accident, she never drove a car ever since.
Kristina Tholstrup had been married twice before she tied the knot with renowned actor Roger Moore. Reportedly, both her previous husbands were wealthy Swedish tycoons who left her a fortune in inheritance that is bigger than what Moore amassed throughout his career. She had been a longtime friend of Moore's third wife Luisa Mattioli and was also his neighbor in France. Moore was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993, which he has described as a life-changing experience that prompted him to rethink his life and marriage. Around the same time, Tholstrup was also diagnosed with breast cancer.
In his autobiography 'My Word is My Bond', published in 2008, Roger Moore mentioned how she had wished him well via a friend and how it made him think about their shared predicament. Moore was at the time still married to Mattioli, whom he had married in 1969 after dating for about a decade. Moore, who was previously married to actress and ice skater, Doorn Van Steyn, for seven years and to Welsh singer, Dorothy Squires, for 15 years, had two sons and a daughter from his third wife. Much like his second wife Squires, who had refused to give him divorce for seven long years, Mattioli also refused to grant him divorce till 2000 and mentioned in her book 'Nothing Lasts Forever' how she felt betrayed by her friend Tholstrup. Moore's children, actress Deborah, actor Geoffrey and film producer Christian, had stopped talking to him for a long time after their parents' divorce, but later reconciled with him.
After he reached a divorce settlement for £10 million with Mattioli in 2000, Moore married Tholstrup at an extremely private and secretive ceremony in 2002. In 'My Word is My Bond', Moore referred to Kristina as his "soul mate" who made him "happier than words can ever express". He also mentioned how his children had accepted "her importance in my life". Tholstrup, on the other hand, had a daughter named Christina Knudsen, who thought Moore brought "a positive influence" in her life. She unfortunately died of cancer in July 2016 at the age of 47. Tholstrup was married to Moore till his death on May 23, 2017.
Controversies & Scandals
On October 8, 2010, the 'Daily Mail' published a dairy piece on Kristina Tholstrup in the Ephraim Hardcastle column in which the news outlet claimed that she was involved with 74-year-old Taki Theodoracopulos, as well as a 90-year-old man, on the French Riviera in 1958. The column mentioned Theodoracopulos' claim to have a lover named 'Kiki' and also contained her picture alongside, which implied that the person referred to was Tholstrup. She subsequently took legal actions against the news outlet for false and defamatory allegations, with her legal aid asserting that in 1958 she was only 18 years old and had never visited France at the time. Theodoracopulos also confirmed later that he was talking about someone entirely different, following which the 'Daily Mail' published another Ephraim Hardcastle diary piece in which it admitted the mistake in the previous article. The paper's publisher Associated Newspapers also agreed to pay "substantial" damages to her, which according to 'The Sun', was an amount of £10 million.