Barbara Cartland

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Barbara Cartland

English author, historian, playwright, political speaker, lecturer, media personality, particularly radio and television appearances, and one of the List of prolific writers add

Category: Literature

Born in 1901.

Countries: United Kingdom (68%), Ireland (11%), Germany (5%)

Main connections: Hertfordshire, Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales

Linked to: Brooklands Museum, Conservative Party, Malvern Girls' College, National Association of Health




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Barbara Cartland was born in 1901 add something


In the 1920s and 1930s Cartland was a prominent young hostess in London society, noted for her beauty, energetic charm and daring parties add something


She regularly attended Brooklands aerodrome and motor-racing circuit during the 1920s and '30s, and the Brooklands Museum has preserved a sitting-room from that era and named it after her add something


At that time, her publishers estimated that since her writing career began in 1923, Cartland had produced a total of 723 titles add something


Their daughter, Raine McCorquodale , who Cartland later alleged was the daughter of Prince George, Duke of Kent, became "Deb of the Year" in 1947 add something


Although aerotowing for launching gliders first occurred in Germany, she thought of long-distance tows in 1931 and did a 200-mile tow in a two-seater glider add something


After the McCorquodales' 1933 divorce, which involved charges and countercharges of infidelity, Cartland married her former husband's cousin Hugh McCorquodale, a former military officer add something


However, her enterprising mother opened a London dress shop to make ends meet and to raise Cartland and her two brothers, Anthony and Ronald, both of whom were eventually killed in battle in 1940 add something


Gerald Legge, 9th Earl of Dartmouth - Lord Dartmouth married Raine McCorquodale, the only child of romance novelist, Barbara Cartland and her first husband, Alexander McCorquodale, on 1 July 1948


In 1950, Cartland was accused of plagiarism by author Georgette Heyer, after a reader drew her attention to the apparent borrowing of Heyer's character names, character traits, dialogue and plot points in Cartland's early historical romances add something


In 1955 Barbara Cartland was elected a councillor on Hertfordshire County Council as a Conservative and served for nine years add something


Vivian Stuart - In 1960, Stuart founded the Romantic Novelists' Association with Denise Robins, Barbara Cartland, and others; she was the first elected Chairman


She and her second husband, who died in 1963, had two sons, Ian and Glen McCorquodale add something


She was married to Alexander George McCorquodale , a British Army officer from Scotland, and heir to a printing fortune, from 1927 to 1933 add something


Diana, Princess of Wales - In 1973, Lord Althorp began a relationship with Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, the only daughter of Alexander McCorquodale and Barbara Cartland


In 1978 Cartland released "An Album Of Love Songs" through State Records, the album featured Cartland performing a series of popular standards with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, including "I'll Follow My Secret Heart" and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" add something


Cartland maintained a long friendship with Lord Mountbatten of Burma, whose 1979 death she said was the "greatest sadness of my life" add something


Her fashion sense had a part and she was one of the first clients of designer Norman Hartnell, remaining a client until he died in 1979 add something


The Mountbatten Memorial Trust, established by Mountbatten's great-nephew Charles, Prince of Wales after Mountbatten was assassinated in Ireland, was the recipient of the proceeds of this book on its release in 1980 add something


By 1983 she rated the longest entry in the British "Who's Who" , and was named the top-selling author in the world by the "Guinness World Records" add something


In 1983 Cartland wrote 23 novels, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most novels written in a single year add something


In 1984, she was awarded the Bishop Wright Air Industry award for this contribution add something


In 1991, Cartland was invested by Queen Elizabeth II as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in honour of the author's almost 70 years of literary, political, and social contributions add something


Cartland was openly critical of Diana's subsequent divorce, though the rift between them was mended shortly before Diana's fatal car crash in Paris in 1997 add something


As head of Cartland Promotions she became one of London's most prominent society figures and one of Britain's most popular media personalities, right up until her death in 2000 add something


The documentary, "Virgins and Heroes", includes unique early home cine footage and Dame Barbara launching her website with pink computers in early 2000 add something

Barbara Cartland died in 2000 add something


Cartland died in the night of 21 May 2000 at her residence, Camfield Place, near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, at the age of 98; she had been suffering from ill health for six months beforehand and was subsequently bedridden add something


David Warner (actor) - In October 2008, Warner played the role of Lord Mountbatten of Burma in the BBC Four television film "In Love with Barbara", a biopic about the life of romantic novelist Barbara Cartland


Anne Reid - In October 2008, she played the title role in "In Love with Barbara" on BBC Four, a biopic of Barbara Cartland


In 2010, to mark the 10th anniversary of her death, her first novel "Jigsaw", was reproduced add something


This collection, released beginning November 27, 2013, includes such backlist titles as "Elizabethan Lover, The Little Pretender, A Ghost in Monte Carlo", and "A Duel of Hearts", which novels were all in circulation at the time Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1952 add something