Virginia Spencer Crawley, OBE

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Virginia Spencer Crawley (Cowles), OBE

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Brattleboro, Windham, Vermont, USA
Death: September 6, 1983 (73)
Biarritz, Aquitaine, France (Killed in an automobile accident )
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edward Spencer Cowles and Florence Wolcott Cowles
Wife of Aidan Merivale Crawley, M.B.E.
Mother of Andrew Hayward Crawley; Harriet Spencer Ayer and Randall Stafford Crawley
Sister of Mary Howard Holtz and Harriet Spencer Cowles

Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Virginia Spencer Crawley, OBE

Virginia Cowles (1910-1983) was an author and journalist. Born in Vermont, USA she became a well-known journalist in the 1930s with her columns appearing on both sides of the Atlantic. Her autobiography, Looking for Trouble (Faber Finds) covers with brio her reporting of the main events between 1935 and 1940. During the Second World War she covered the Italian campaign, the liberation of Paris, and the Allied invasion of Germany. In 1945 she married the politician and writer Aidan Crawley. She wrote many biographies including Winston Churchill; the Era and the Man and Edward VII and His Circle. In his memorial address, Nigel Nicolson recalled the first time he met her, ‘her appearance was doubly startling: that she should be there at all at so critical a moment; and that she was the most beautiful young woman on whom, until then, I had ever set my eyes.'

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Virginia Spencer Crawley, OBE's Timeline

August 24, 1910
Brattleboro, Windham, Vermont, USA
June 21, 1947
Age 36
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
September 10, 1948
Age 38
London, Westminster, England
July 14, 1950
Age 39
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
September 6, 1983
Age 73
Biarritz, Aquitaine, France