Vanessa Redgrave CBE is an English actress of stage, screen and television, and a political activist. She is a 2003 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee, and received the 2010 BAFTA Fellowship.
The novelist penned nearly 30 romance and women's fiction books between 1949 and 2000 when she retired from writing.
She once described her books as "frightfully wet little novels".
Her first novel as Rosamunde Pilcher , A Secret to Tell, was published in 1955.
The Shell Seekers, considered one of her most famous works, was published in 1988.
It centres on Penelope Keeling, an elderly British woman who reflects on her life and her relationships with her adult children.Four Seasons miniseries in 2008
By the mid 1990s, it was reported that Pilcher was one of the highest-earning women in Britain.
It was also adapted into a stage play in 2005 and a mini-series starring Vanessa Redgrave in 2006.
The author's romanticised outlook on Cornwall became a fixture in German pop culture and led to many German tourists visiting The British coast to experience the quaint and quintessentially British world Pilcher had created.
This led her to winning a British Tourism Award in 2002.
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