Daphne du Maurier was an English author and playwright, born on May 13, 1907, in London, England. She was the daughter of actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and actress Muriel Beaumont. Du Maurier began writing at a young age and published her first novel, The Loving Spirit, in 1931. She is best known for her Gothic novels, which often feature strong female protagonists and explore themes of identity, sexuality, and the supernatural.

Du Maurier’s most famous works include Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, and My Cousin Rachel. Rebecca, published in 1938, is a psychological thriller that tells the story of a young woman who marries a wealthy widower and finds herself haunted by the memory of his first wife. The novel was adapted into a successful film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940. Jamaica Inn, published in 1936, is a dark and atmospheric tale of smugglers and murder set in 19th-century Cornwall. My Cousin Rachel, published in 1951, is a suspenseful story of a young man who falls in love with his cousin, only to suspect her of murder.

Du Maurier’s work has had a significant influence on popular culture and has been adapted for film, television, and stage. She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1969 and died on April 19, 1989, in Cornwall, England.

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