Saturday, 9 July 2011

Think pink

"After forty a woman has to choose between losing her figure or her face. My advice is to keep your face, and stay sitting down." Barbara Cartland

Dame Barbara Cartland by Allan Warren

The world's most prolific authoress in history, and pink icon, Dame Barbara Cartland was born on 9 July 1901.

From her obituary in The Independent:
It was never clear whether she was strictly serious about her rather rococo image because, as she herself said, "Nobody sends up Barbara Cartland better than I do myself."

Her remarks to the press, however slight, were attention-getters.

"I always use boot polish on my eyelashes, because I am a very emotional person and it doesn't run when I cry," she once told Martyn Harris of the Sunday Telegraph.

Here she is, "singing" a couple of typically romantic numbers:

A camp treasure.

Barbara Cartland books and cover art

13 Things You Genuinely Never Knew About Barbara Cartland

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