Eileen Ascroft was a journalist and writer.
Ascroft worked as a journalist at the Daily Mirror, where she met her second husband, Hugh Cudlipp. In her book about Cudlipp, Newspapermen, Ruth Dudley Edwards describes Ascroft as "blonde, talented and ambitious". Ascroft was sacked from the Mirror by the Editorial Director, Harry Guy Bartholomew, for using his oak office door as a dartboard. Ascroft was responsible for starting the women's page at the Evening Standard. She and Hugh went on to become the most powerful couple on Fleet Street: "The combined power of Mr and Mrs Cudlipp over the livelihoods of hundreds, maybe thousands, of newspaper men and woman [sic], even benevolently exercised as they have always been, are going to be immense and terrifying".
"Another side of her talents was seen as navigator of her husband's motor-cruiser in Cross-Channel expeditions. She could also pilot an aeroplane, having learnt to do so in an idle spell in Australia."
"Interestingly, for a successful journalist carving out a glittering career for herself in a traditionally masculine industry Eileen's book, The Magic Key to Charm, is a tutorial in all the traditional feminine virtues. The Magic Key to Charm was published in 1938 and was made up of a collection of her immensely popular columns in the Mirror, 'Charm School'. Tragically, in 1962, Eileen Ascroft died of an overdose of sleeping pills."
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