Romantic novelistDied when: 98 years 317 days (1186 months)
Star Sign: Cancer
Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland, (9 July 1901 – 21 May 2000) was an English novelist, best known as a prolific writer of historical romance, primarily specializing in pure romance tales set during the Victorian era or Edwardian period, she is one of the best-selling authors as well as one of the most commercially successful worldwide of the 20th century.
Many of her novels were made into films for television, including A Hazard of Hearts starring Helena Bonham Carter, with Christopher Plummer and Diana Rigg.
Her 723 novels were translated into 38 languages and she continues to be referenced in the Guinness World Records for the most novels published in a single year in 1977.
Cartland although best known for her romantic novels, she also wrote biographies, plays, music, verse, drama, and operetta, as well as several health and cook books and contributed to magazine articles.
She reportedly sold more than 750 million copies of her books, though other sources estimate her total sales at more than two billion.
The covers of her novels featured portrait-style artwork, usually designed by Francis Marshall (1901–1980).As head of Cartland Promotions, she became one of London's most prominent society figures.
Often dressed in a pink chiffon gown, plumed hat, blonde wig, and heavy make-up, she became one of Britain's most popular media personalities.