Daphne du Maurier (1907 to 1989) - Novelist
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|Daphne was born in London on 13th May 1907 to actor and theatre manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and actress Muriel Beaumont.
Her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published in 1931. Her most notable works are probably Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, The Scapegoat and The Birds (immortalised in Alfred Hitchcock's film version).
Daphne completed the unfinished last novel of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Castle Dor. Her 1941 historical novel Frenchman's Creek was made into a film in 1944 and starred Joan Fontaine, Arturo de Córdova, and Basil Rathbone.
Daphne du Maurier wrote three plays, the first being an adaptation of her novel Rebecca in 1940. She followed this in 1943 with The Years Between and September Tide in 1948.
In 1932 Daphne married Major (later Lieutenant-General) Sir Frederick "Boy" Browning. In 1946 she became Lady Browning; Daphne du Maurier and later, in June 1969, Lady Browning; Dame Daphne du Maurier DBE.
When her husband died in 1965, Daphne moved to Kilmarth, near Par, which became the setting for The House on the Strand.
Daphne du Maurier was a member of the Cornish nationalist political party Mebyon Kernow.
Daphne died on 19 April 1989, aged 81 at her home in Cornwall. Her body was cremated and her ashes scattered at Kilmarth.
Daphne's image appeared on one of a set of five stamps issued on 6th August 1996, commemorating 20th Century Women of Achievement.
In total she wrote 15 novels, 12 non-fiction books, several collections of short stories and three plays.
The written works of Daphne du Maurier