Mistress of Suspense Died on This Date

Daphne du Maurier died on this date in 1989. Du Maurier was the child of a theatrical family including her grandfather, George du Maurier, who created the character of Svengali in his novel Trilby. Daphne du Maurier’s most famous novel is Rebecca, which was made into a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock; the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1941. Hitchcock directed two other films based on her novels–The Birds and Don’t Look Now.

Daphne Du Maurier

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