Daphne du Maurier
Person Female Born 13/5/1907 Died 19/4/1989
Novelist and playwright. Born at 24 Cumberland Terrace, Regents Park. Daughter of Gerald, grand-daughter of George. She married Major Frederick Browning in 1932, and as an army wife was obliged to go with him when he was posted to Egypt. This was not a happy period in her life, as she was very antisocial and hated the country. In this time, she did however write what is probably her most famous novel, 'Rebecca'. The story is supposedly based on her own feelings of jealousy towards a former fiancée of her husband. She returned to Britain at the outbreak of war, and went to live in Cornwall. Here she was inspired to write 'Jamaica Inn' and 'Frenchman's Creek'. As a dramatist, she adapted 'Rebecca' for the stage. Died at her home, Kilmarth, Par, Cornwall.