Though many people have never taken Barbara too seriously, her books, from the simple love novels to cookbooks and biographies, have sold millions around the world.
Barbara was born in 1901 on July 9th as Mary Barbara Hamilton in Worcester, England. In 1919 she moved to London with her mother and siblings after her father got killed in the war.
Starting out writing columns for the Daily Express, she was an instant success, and soon began her first novel, Jigsaw, which was published in 1923. Although her first book was a huge success, her first play was intially banned but eventually performed on stage.
Her personal life can be compared in some ways to her books. Ups and downs in marriage, relatives killed during the First and Second World War. During the Second World War she continued writing, although she herself was involved in the war as a welfare officer. The product of these experiences was Sleeping Swords, a political novel. By 1953 she already had published 50 novels.
Though Her Majesty the Queen of England is not really a big fan of her, she can not avoid her when Princess Diana marries Prince Charles in 1981. Princess Diana is a grandchild of Barbara Cartland.
Even though Barbara slowly began to suffer from problems related to aging, she kept writing and many of her books have been turned into movies. In 1991 she was invested as a Dame of the British Empire, for her contributions to literature and her social work. Till the last year of her life she gave interviews, traveled the world, and continued writing. On May 21 in 2000, at the ripe age of 99, she died at her home during her sleep after a short illness. Her legacy includes not less then 723 books.
At the time of her death, she left over 100 unpublished manuscripts that are being published posthumously.