Elizabeth Jane Howard, whose saga of a wealthy English family living in the shadow of war enchanted readers a generation ahead of Downton Abbey, died Thursday, her friend and publicist said. She was 90.
Jacqui Graham said that Howard died Thursday at her home in Bungay, England. No details as to the cause of death were immediately available.
Howard’s whirlwind life saw her write 15 novels, leave three marriages, model, act, broadcast, and much more. Many of her books were critical successes, but she was best known for The Cazalet Chronicles, which followed the tangled lives and loves of several generations of an aristocratic household in the run-up to World War II. READ FULL STORY