Barbara Taylor Bradford

portrait of Barbara Taylor Bradford
In Yorkshire, from her website (late 1980s)

Born: 10 May 1933, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK

Bradford was a voracious reader from a young age. This would serve her well, she grew to become one of the world's most popular living authors. She attended Northcote School for Girls before becoming a typist at the local newspaper, the Yorkshire Evening Post, at fifteen and a reporter at the paper by the time she turned sixteen. By eighteen, still working at the Post, she was promoted to Woman's Page Editor. At twenty, she left the Post and headed for London, becoming Fashion Editor at Woman's Own magazine. In London she was able to stretch her talents, covering stories ranging from crime to show business reporting at a variety of papers and magazines. In 1961, her attention was diverted from writing to love, when she met her husband-to-be, Robert Bradford, on a blind date. They married in 1963, and moved to the United States, where she continued her journalistic career and quickly earned a following for her syndicated weekly column, Designing Woman.

In addition to her newspaper column, Bradford wrote children's books and books on decorating, but she never lost her desire to write fiction. After several failed attempts, she sold her first published novel, A Woman of Substance, in 1976. Since then, she has written over 20 novels and earned dozens of awards. She is active in philanthropy, with the Police Athletic League, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the March of Dimes among her many supported charities. She lives in Manhattan with her husband.

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