Alexandra Ripley at her home, Lafayette Hill Tavern, Keswick, VA (1997) Photo by Osmund Geier
Alexandra Ripley, née Braid (January 8, 1934 – January 10, 2004) was an American writer best known as the author of Scarlett (1991), written as a sequel to Gone with the Wind. Her first novel was Who's the Lady in the President's Bed? (1972). Charleston (1981), her first historical novel, was a bestseller, as were her next books On Leaving Charleston (1984), The Time Returns (1985), and New Orleans Legacy (1987).
She died of natural causes at her home in Richmond, Virginia, and is survived by two daughters from her first marriage to Leonard Ripley, a son-in-law and granddaughter, Alexandra Elizabeth (of her namesake). The Associated Press reported that her death occurred on January 10, 2004, however, Social Security Death Index and Virginia Death Records indicate that she died on January 13, 2004.