Barbara Cartland Facts

Barbara Cartland Facts
Barbara Cartland was an English writer best known for her romantic novels, and for having written more than 700 books in her lifetime. She was born Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland on July 9th, 1901 in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England, to Major Bertram Cartland, a British army officer, and Mary Hamilton Scobell. She had two younger brothers Ronald and Anthony. Her father died in World War I on a Flanders battlefield, and her mother supported the family by opening a dress shop in London. Barbara was educated at The Alice Ottley School, then Malvern Girls' College, and finally Abbey House, before becoming a reporter and romance novelist.
Interesting Barbara Cartland Facts:
Following graduation from Abbey House, Barbara Cartland worked as a gossip columnist for the Daily Express.
Barbara Cartland's first published novel was Jigsaw (1922) which was published while she worked as a gossip columnist.
Barbara Cartland wrote and produced plays in the 1920. One play titled Blood Money (1926) was banned by Lord Chamberlain's Office because it was too racy.
Barbara Cartland married a British Army officer named Alexander George McCorquodale in 1927. He was from Scotland and was a printing fortune heir. They divorced in 1933. She had one child with him, a daughter named Raine.
Barbara Cartland married Hugh McCorquodale, her first husband's cousin, in 1936. She had two sons with him named Ian and Glen.
Barbara Cartland wrote so many books that in 1976 she was entered into the Guinness Book of Records for having the most books published in one year.
Barbara Cartland was averaging 23 books each year by the 1970s. She was known to dictate her novels.
Although a large percentage of her work was dedicated to romance novels, Barbara Cartland also wrote music, plays, poems, magazine articles, and an operetta.
Barbara Cartland's romance novels were often Victorian-era romance from the 19th century, although some of her earlier work was very racy for its time.
Barbara Cartland wrote a total of 723 novels in her lifetime. Her novels have been translated into more than 36 languages and have sold more than 2 billion copies.
Barbara Cartland is considered to be one of the 20th century's most prolific and commercially successful best-selling authors.
Barbara Cartland had royal connections. Diana, Princess of Wales was her step-granddaughter.
In 1953 Barbara Cartland was invested as a Commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem at Buckingham Palace for her services with the St. John Ambulance Brigade.
Barbara Cartland was invested in 1991 by Queen Elizabeth II as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. This honor was given to her because of her literary, political, and social contributions over 70 years.
Vogue magazine referred to Barbara Cartland as "the true Queen of Romance."
Barbara Cartland became known for wearing her favorite color, pink, especially as pink dresses and plumed hats.
Barbara Cartland died on May 21st, 2000 at the age of 98. She was laid to rest under a tree on her private estate. The tree had been planted by Queen Elizabeth I.

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