Daphne du Maurier is born on this day in 1907. Mostly known for romantic suspense novels.
She also wrote memoirs, histories and biographies. One of them is The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë (click link to see my review). She got interested in the Brontës and did a lot of research before starting to write the book.
Du Maurier was granted the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1969. She died in 1989.
For more reading on Du Maurier I can recommend Margaret Forster's wonderful biography.