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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat September 25th, 2010, 6:01 pm

Just a little tidbit about Cartland, she was Princess Diana's step-grandmother. Her daughter Raine was Diana's stepmother.

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Post by michellemoran » Sat September 25th, 2010, 6:37 pm

Ohhh... Raine was the one Diana didn't esteem too highly, right? At least, if THE DIANA CHRONICLES are to be believed, and I'm assuming they are...
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat September 25th, 2010, 6:43 pm

[quote=""michellemoran""]Ohhh... Raine was the one Diana didn't esteem too highly, right? At least, if THE DIANA CHRONICLES are to be believed, and I'm assuming they are...[/quote]

Oui! That is what I heard ages ago when I collected everything I could get on Diana, her death was a huge blow to me, sigh.

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Post by Michy » Sat September 25th, 2010, 10:06 pm

[quote=""michellemoran""]Ohhh... Raine was the one Diana didn't esteem too highly, right? At least, if THE DIANA CHRONICLES are to be believed, and I'm assuming they are...[/quote]

Yes, supposedly Diana and her siblings referred to their stepmother as "Acid Raine." Behind her back, I'm sure. :D

The pictures of Dame Cartland don't come through on my home computer (a Mac) so I'll have to wait until I'm back at work on Monday to view them. I do remember seeing pictures of her before, she was quite something. Huge false eyelashes, tons of bling and the obligatory dog (a poodle, I think) ......

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Post by EC2 » Sun September 26th, 2010, 3:46 pm

I always remember Clive James' comment on Barbara Cartland. 'Her eyes resembled the corpses of two black crows that had crashed into a chalk cliff.'

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun September 26th, 2010, 7:42 pm

The only thing I know about Barbara Cartland is that she was tremendously concerned about the plight of England's Gypsy children, who got very irregular schooling due to their constant moving around. She was incredibly generous in giving to causes to help remedy that.

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Post by robinbird79 » Mon September 27th, 2010, 12:50 am

I seem to recall that many of the pictures on the back of Danielle Steele's novels had her dressed in outfits and in environments that sorta fit the setting of the book (i.e. on the back of her novel about a female pilot she was in a leather bomber jacket next to a plane).
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Post by Michy » Mon September 27th, 2010, 3:32 am

[quote=""EC2""]The photographer - Charlie Hopkinson, then made up a CD of photos and sent them to my publisher. There's a selection and free to use where we want. http://www.charliehopkinson.com/ I'm not on his website, but he has a selection of writers.[/quote]

Other than one that made me go :eek: :eek: :eek:, these are all really excellent portraits. He obviously puts a lot of thought and creativity into them, and every one is a statement. I wish yours were on there, I would have liked to see it. :)

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Post by Margaret » Mon September 27th, 2010, 6:11 am

What a fun thread! Love the Barbara Cartland photos. Perhaps they are a form of charitable generosity in themselves, because they are so over the top they are fun to look at - and they make all the other author photos look sedate.
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Post by Michy » Mon September 27th, 2010, 2:26 pm

Ok, now that I can see the B. Cartland photos, I must comment. ;) The second one I don't think is so bad, really. It fits her persona of a fluffy, fairy tale romance writer. There is obviously a huge amount of re-touching and soft focus going on, but still, I think she looks nice, actually.

But that first one -- :eek: :eek: The green eyeshadow and red lipstick are awful, just awful. She makes herself look like a clown.

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