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Elizabeth Moody was a New Zealand
New Zealand
New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses and numerous smaller islands. The country is situated some east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga...

 film, television and theatre actress and director.


Moody first came to note nationally in New Zealand during the late 1970s and early 1980s as a regular panellist on the television show Beauty and the Beast hosted by Selwyn Toogood
Selwyn Toogood
Selwyn Featherston Toogood QSO was a New Zealand radio and television personality. He was born in Wellington and lived there until 1952 when he moved to Heretaunga in the Hutt Valley...

Her first feature film role was playing Mabel in The Scarecrow
The Scarecrow (1982 film)
The Scarecrow is a 1982 New Zealand film, also known as Klynham Summer in America. It was directed by Sam Pillsbury based on the 1963 horror novel by New Zealand author Ronald Hugh Morrieson.-Plot:...

. She also played in Undercover Gang, Braindead
Braindead (1992 film)
Braindead , released as Dead Alive in North America, is a cult zombie comedy splatstick horror film directed by Peter Jackson. The film is universally regarded as being one of the goriest films of all time...

, Turn of the Blade, and Heavenly Creatures
Heavenly Creatures
Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 film directed by Peter Jackson, from a screenplay he co-wrote with his wife Fran Walsh, about the notorious 1954 Parker-Hulme murder case in Christchurch, New Zealand. Filmed on location in Christchurch, it features Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet in their screen debuts...

. Her last film role was playing in Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
Sir Peter Robert Jackson, KNZM is a New Zealand film director, producer, actor, and screenwriter, known for his The Lord of the Rings film trilogy , adapted from the novel by J. R. R...

's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as the character, Lobeila Sackville-Baggins.


Moody had been diagnosed with an abscess
An abscess is a collection of pus that has accumulated in a cavity formed by the tissue in which the pus resides due to an infectious process or other foreign materials...

 on the brain and stayed in the hospital for almost three weeks when she died from pneumonia
Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung—especially affecting the microscopic air sacs —associated with fever, chest symptoms, and a lack of air space on a chest X-ray. Pneumonia is typically caused by an infection but there are a number of other causes...

 on 12 January 2010. She is survived by her husband, Terence Moody and other family members.

Feature films

  • The Scarecrow – Mabel (1982)
  • Undercover Gang – Mrs. Marwick (1986)
  • Braindead – Vera Cosgrove (1992)
  • Turn of the Blade – Girl in Headshots and Auditions (1994)
  • Heavenly Creatures – Miss Waller (1994)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Lobeila Sackville-Baggins (2001)


  • Beauty and the Beast (TVNZ): 1976–1985. Panellist
  • Antiques for Love or Money (TVNZ): Panellist
  • The Fire Raiser (TVNZ): 1987