Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier

Born May 13, 1907

Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning DBE was an English author and playwright. Many of her works have been adapted into films, including the novels Rebecca and Jamaica Inn and the short stories The Birds and Don't Look Now. The first three were directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the latter by Nicolas Roeg. Her elder sister was the writer Angela du Maurier. Her father was the actor Gerald du Maurier. Her grandfather was the writer George du Maurier.… Read More

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1907 Birth Born on May 13, 1907.


1931 24 Years Old Her family connections helped her in establishing her literary career, and du Maurier published some of her early work in Beaumont's Bystander magazine. Her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published in 1931. … Read More
1932 25 Years Old She married Major (later Lieutenant-General) Frederick "Boy" Browning in 1932, with whom she had three children: … Read More


1938 31 Years Old In the U.S. she won the National Book Award for favourite novel of 1938, voted by members of the American Booksellers Association. … Read More
1940 33 Years Old Daphne du Maurier wrote three plays. Her first was an adaptation of her novel Rebecca, which opened at the Queen's Theatre in London on 5 March 1940 in a production by George Devine, starring Celia Johnson and Owen Nares as the De Winters and Margaret Rutherford as Mrs. Danvers. … Read More
1943 36 Years Old In the summer of 1943, she began writing the autobiographically inspired drama The Years Between about the unexpected return of a senior officer, thought killed in action, who finds that his wife has taken his seat as Member of Parliament and has started a romantic relationship with a local farmer. … Read More


1963 56 Years Old …  When Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds was released in 1963, based on du Maurier's story, Baker considered, but was advised against, pursuing costly litigation against Universal Studios.


1969 62 Years Old When in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for June 1969 Daphne du Maurier was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, she accepted but never used the title. … Read More
1989 82 Years Old 1 More Event
Du Maurier died on 19 April 1989, aged 81, at her home in Cornwall, which had been the setting for many of her books. … Read More
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