Daphne du Maurier

Daphne, Lady Browning was born May 13th, 1907 and died April 19th, 1989. She was also known as Dame Daphne du Maurier whom was a famous Novelist from Britain who was best known for her short story, later made into an Alfred Hitchcock film, “The Birds” as well as her classic novel, “Rebecca”, which was published in 1938. “Rebecca”, as a film adaptation by Hitchcock, won a best picture Oscar.

Lady Browning was born in London despite spending the majority of her life in Cornwall which she adored to no end. She was the second of three daughters by the famous actor and manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and actress Muriel Beaumont. Her grandfather was a great author in his own right penning “Punch” and he also created the legendary “Svengali” character in his novel “Trilby”. Considering her great list of successful friends and family she was given a heads up in the literary world. Her family is a who’s who of successful people. She was even the cousin of the Llewelyn-Davies Boys whom were the inspiration for J.M. Barrie’s Lost Boys in “Peter Pan”. Thanks to her father being famous she was introduced to many of the brightest stars of the stage.

She married a Lieutenant-General by the name of Sir Frederick Browning and had two daughters by him as well as a son. The marriage was a bit cold but it’s reported that du Maurier was a bit aloof as well as distant, leaving her children to fend for themselves quite a bit while busily writing. This was not a surprising fact as the upper society were mainly busy-bodies whom relied on Nannies to take care of the children.
Browning was known as being a recluse who rarely was scene at society functions let alone giving interviews. When the film “A Bridge Too Far” was released, which painted her husband as less than favorable, was an exception. She was incensed and wrote to many papers citing this misdeed and unforgivable. After she left the spotlight she was remunerated as someone who was warm and funny who relished in parties she hosted in her home in Cornwall.

Her death brought rumors of affairs with women, particularly Gertrude Lawrence. She was also said to have a great admiration or lusting for her American publisher’s wife, Ellen Doubleday. Her memoirs had told the story that her father longed for a boy and she was made into a Tomboy and thusly wished to have been a boy. This is a simplistic explanation of course. She was around many theatrical stars whom were homosexual and that was an atmosphere she was placed into despite her father being incredibly homophobic which was strange considering his position. She lived for her father deeply and would, undoubtedly, suffer great guilt later in life as well as shame, doubt and anxiety.

On her death her released documents were given to her biographer. They explained that she trusted only a few people with her unique ideas and slant on sexuality. She explained that her personality set aside two personalities, both distinct. One being a loving wife and mother and the other being the energy of a male which was hidden to nearly everyone behind her creativity.

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