Lady Annabel Goldsmith

Lady Annabel Goldsmith

Socialite and Memoirist
Born Jun 11, 1934

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1934 Birth Born on June 11, 1934.


1949 15 Years Old She became Lady Annabel as a young girl in February 1949 when her father became Marquess on the death of his father, the famous Ulster Unionist politician the 7th Marquess of Londonderry. … Read More
1952 18 Years Old Queen Elizabeth II attended her coming-out ball in 1952. … Read More


1954 20 Years Old On 10 March 1954, at the age of 19, she married businessman Mark Birley at the Caxton Hall register office in London. … Read More


1964 30 Years Old In 1964, she embarked on a decade-long extramarital affair with the entrepreneur Sir James Goldsmith, a member of the prominent Goldsmith family. … Read More
1972 38 Years Old The Birleys separated in 1972 and later divorced in 1975 after the birth of her second child with James Goldsmith. "Our breakup was because of Mark's infidelities, not because I fell in love with Jimmy", she told Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth after Birley's death. … Read More


1978 44 Years Old In 1978, Goldsmith and Lady Annabel married solely to legitimise their children. "We didn't marry as a great act of passion. … Read More


1987 53 Years Old As the wife and ex-wife of two unfaithful men, she explained her marriage philosophy to the Times in 1987: "I can never understand the wives who really mind, the wives who set such store by fidelity. … Read More


1997 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997, she and her youngest three children inherited a portion of Goldsmith's wealth, estimated varyingly at £1.6 or between $1.7–$2.4 billion. … Read More
1999 65 Years Old In January 1999, she launched the Democracy Movement, of which she was President and her son Robin was chairman until 2004. … Read More
2004 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2004, Weidenfeld & Nicolson published her memoirs Annabel: An Unconventional Life, which recounted her life from a pre-World War II aristocratic childhood and her glamorous social circle of the 1960s to her current status as an active grandmother. … Read More
2006 72 Years Old She followed her autobiography, two years later in September 2006, by ghost-writing her pet dog Copper's autobiography in the name of Copper: A Dog's Life. … Read More
2007 73 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite their divorce, the two remained best friends and soulmates, talking to each other every day and holidaying together until Birley's death in August 2007. … Read More
2009 75 Years Old …  Her third book, A Memoir, is set for a UK release on 10 September 2009. … Read More
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