Cartland, Barbara

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Cartland, Barbara Gender: F
Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland
born on 9 July 1901 at 23:40 (= 11:40 PM )
Place Birmingham, England, 52n30, 1w50
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Penfield
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Barbara Cartland


British author of hundreds of books on philosophy, history, sociology, cooking, drama, verse and autobiographies - but primarily, romance novels. She was given credit by Guinness as the most prolific author alive whose output came to an amazing 723 books, selling more than a billion copies worldwide. Cartland put out a novel a week, often dictating to secretaries while reclining on a chaise lounge. In 1991, Queen Elizabeth II made her a Dame.

Cartland was the daughter of an army major, raised as a pampered darling along with her two brothers. After finishing school, she wrote newspaper gossip columns before publishing her first novel, "Jigsaw," in 1922. Since then she gained the title of "the queen of romance novels," creating virginal heroines in swashbuckling adventure plots.

Always pictured in a cloud of pink with big hair or fanciful hats, often with pearls, Cartland was an image of post-Victorian glamour. She married wealthy Scotsman Alexander McCorquodale in 1927; (their one daughter, Raine, later became the step-mother of Princess Diana.) Six years later she had a wrenching divorce but recovered remarkably to marry her ex's cousin, Hugh McCorquodale in 1936. They had two sons and remained wed as happily as her heroines until his death in 1963. The two boys, Ian and Glen, ran the business and researched Cartland's books.

Cartland was outspoken in her support of various charities. An ardent fan of healthy living, she was well-known for her belief in vitamins and various health foods, as well as fitness for senior citizens. Her regimen worked well for her, keeping her fit to the age of 98. She died in her sleep at her 400-acre-estate in Hertfordshire, England on 21 May 2000.

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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1923 (First novel "Jigsaw")
  • Relationship : Marriage 1927 (First marriage, Alexander McCorquodale)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1936 (Second marriage, Hugh McCorquodale)
  • Death of Mate 1963 (Hugh died)
  • Work : Prize 1991 (Proclaimed Dame by Queen Elizabeth II)

Source Notes

Letter in hand from her to Marc Penfield, quoting her mom's diary for "20 minutes to 12." (AM/PM was not specified, but Joan Reville quotes her for "shortly before midnight" in Fowler's.)

Sy Scholfield quotes same data in the biography "A life of love: Barbara Cartland" by Tim Heald (Chivers, 1996), page 25: "She was born at 11.40 pm on 9 July 1901 at Vectis Lodge, Edgbaston, the home of her paternal grandparents."


  • Traits : Body : Diet unusual (Vitamins, regimented healthy diet)
  • Traits : Personality : Hard worker
  • Family : Childhood : Family supportive (Pampered)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Second marriage 28 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (1963)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Involved in charities)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 98)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Gossip columns initially)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Prolific)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Creativity (Outstandingly prolific writer)
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted (Dame by Queen Elizabeth II)
  • Notable : Famous : Notable extremes (Wrote 723 books)
  • Notable : Famous : Socialite
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection