The Press: Femmes of Fleet

Anne Edwards remembers well the counsel an editor gave her in 1947 when she began her column for the London Daily Express: "Write it so that every woman will say, 'What a bitch Anne Edwards is.' " For the next dozen years, blonde, blue-eyed Columnist Edwards was as sassy as she could be for Lord Beaverbrook's bustling Daily Express (circ. 4,084,603). Her weekly 8-in. column grew to a half page as she worked over tempting targets, from Labor's formidable Dr. Edith Summerskill ("Flossie bang-bang") to Queen Elizabeth; she once ran a picture showing...

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