Anne Edwards is a former president of the Authors Guild. She was raised in Hollywood and had a short career as a child performer. She was a junior writer at MGM at the age of 17, then attended UCLA and SMU She is the author of many bestselling biographies and novels including The Survivors, Vivien Leigh, Matriarch: Queen Mary: And the House of Windsor, Early Reagan, Margaret Mitchell: The Road to Tara, Katharine Hepburn, Maria Callas, Judy Garland, Sonya: The Life of Countess Tolstoy, and Diana: And the Life She Led. Her novel, Haunted Summer, about Mary and Percy Shelley and Lord Byron's stormy summer when Mary's Frankenstein was written, was adapted for the screen. Having spent many years abroad, she returned to the USA in the 1970s where, for the last fifteen years, she has lived in Beverly Hills, California and where, for a time, she conducted a class in writing biography at UCLA. Her most recently published work is a memoir Leaving Home, (2012). Currently she is working on a novel about Hollywood in the 1930s.