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Daphne Du Maurier (1907-1989)
English novelist, daughter of actor Sir Gerald Du Maurier and granddaughter of novelist George Du Maurier. Born in London, educated in Paris, she lived most of her life in Cornwall, whose climate and wild, natural beauty became the backdrop for her most successful novels. Best known for period romances and adventure stories, her works include "Jamaica Inn" (1936), "Rebecca" (1938). "Frenchman's Creek" (1942) and "My Cousin Rachel" (1951). Her short story, "The Birds," was made into a film in 1963 by Alfred Hitchcock, and is, likely, to be her greatest literary legacy.    Copyright ©1999, LLC