Daphne Du Maurier
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Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) was born in London, the second daughter of the actress Muriel Beaumont and the celebrated actor and theatre manager Gerald du Maurier.  Her grandfather was the illustrious cartoonist and novelist George du Maurier.

She began writing short stories in the 1920s and published her first novel, The Loving Spirit, in 1931. From then on she became a prolific novelist, as well as an author of short stories, non-fiction and plays. Her best known novels include Jamaica Inn (1936), Rebecca (1938), Frenchman’s Creek (1941), My Cousin Rachel (1951) and The Scapegoat (1957), while lesser-known novels include The Progress of Julius (1933), Hungry Hill (1943), Mary Anne (1954), The Flight of the Falcon (1965) and Rule Britannia (1972). Several of her novels, including Jamaica Inn and Rebecca, have been made into films, and two of her short stories became the basis of the films The Birds (1963) and Don’t Look Now (1973). Her non-fiction work includes The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë (1960) and the autobiographical Growing Pains – the Shaping of a Writer (1977).

In 1932, Daphne du Maurier married Frederick Browning (1896-1965), an officer in the British Army, with whom she had three children. In 1969, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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