Monday, 19 April 2010
On this day...
English author Daphne du Maurier died in 1989, at the age of 81. She had a number of prominent literary connections from birth. Cousin of the Llewelyn Davies boys, who later proved inspiration for J.M Barrie's 'Peter Pan', her grandfather, George du Maurier was an author and 'Punch' cartoonist. Thus it was no surprise that surrounded by such creativity, both she, and her older sister Angela, became succesful writers.
Yet, as often seems to come with highly artistic minds in the public eye, du Maurier is cited as having a temperamental personality. Seen by many as somewhat of a recluse, she had a frosty relationship with her children, and had a marriage whose difficulties were exacerbated by numerous affairs, with both men and women. Yet du Maurier was of course best known for her writing, and her most famous works include, 'Rebecca', 'Jamaica Inn' and 'The Birds', all of which were made into films directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the former winning the 1941 Best Picture Oscar.