Dodie Smith


Born
in Whitefield, The United Kingdom
May 03, 1896

Died
November 24, 1990

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Born Dorothy Gladys Smith in Lancashire, England, Dodie Smith was raised in Manchester (her memoir is titled A Childhood in Manchester). She was just an infant when her father died, and she grew up fatherless until age 14, when her mother remarried and the family moved to London. There she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and tried for a career as an actress, but with little success. She finally wound up taking a job as a toy buyer for a furniture store to make ends meet. Giving up dreams of an acting career, she turned to writing plays, and in 1931 her first play, Autumn Crocus, was published (under the pseudonym “C.L. Anthony”). It was a success, and her story — from failed actress to furniture store employee to successful wr ...more

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“There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.”
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“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
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“How I wish I lived in a Jane Austen novel!”
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