“I'll keep going till my face falls off.”

Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland (1901-2000)
Barbara sold over 1,000 million books (the 7th most translated author in the world) and is in the Guinness Book of World Records. During WWII, she selflessly bought 1,000 second-hand wedding dresses for war-time brides allowing them to have a white wedding. Barbara helped to create the first aeroplane-towed glider airmail for which she received the Bishop Wright Air industry Award for her contribution to the development of aviation. She received the most distinguished award given by the city of Paris "La Medaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris" for her contributions as an author. In 1981 she was made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire for her contribution to literature and for her community work. Undoubtedly, she was the adventure heroine of her own romance story.