Frances Lynn

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Frances Lynn
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Born St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington in London
Education Malvern Girls College
Notable credit(s) Ritz Newspaper

Frances Lynn is an English journalist and author.[1][2]


Lynn was born in St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington in London, and was educated at Malvern Girls' College.

In 1977, Lynn started her journalistic career when she became the film editor and gossip columnist for the now defunct Ritz Newspaper, published by David Bailey. Interview subjects included Frank Zappa.[3] She also wrote the initial treatment, entitled Frantic: A Story About a Gossip Columnist, whose characters included a certain Romo Dolonski, a Polish film director out on bail for abducting a 12-year-old girl, for Don Boyd's abortive 1982 film Gossip.[4]

During the 1990s Lynn contributed stories (seven Future Shocks and one Dragon Tales) to 2000 AD.[5][6][7][8]

In 2006, her two novels,Crushed and Frantic, were both published by Eiworth Publishing.[9][10]

In 2010 Willing To Die For It, her biography of Dr Sammy Lee, was published by Murray Print.[11]


  1. ^ Coleridge, Nicholas (1982-08-02). "The best place to shoot the gossips". The Evening Standard. p. 19. "I met Frances Lynn who was then writing a very cafe society gossip column in Ritz Newspaper. She was absolutely crazy in those days. One evening we were having dinner and she suddenly said that she'd written a book, basically about herself and her life reporting parties. I immediately commissioned her to write me a treatment for a possible film." --Nicholas Coleridge 
  2. ^ Fantoni, Barry. "Ritzy Lynne". Evening News. Francis "Lynne (Franny to the few friends she has left) wins my accolade as the bitchiest gossip columnist in town. As high-priestess of the single-entendre, she has assassinated everybody who is anybody in her two-page column in the bi-monthly magazine, Ritz. Her list of victims includes people like Elkie Brooks, Roman Polanski, Diana Rigg, Yves St. Laurent, Elton John and the Eagles. I would like to give some examples of her killing technique - but I can't in case I get into trouble. Asked if she had, in fact, received any writs lately she replied demurely: 'Of course not'. In a more familiar vein, she added: 'If I had, I wouldn't tell you, dahling.'" 
  3. ^ "Ritz Newspaper, UK, "British monthly 80's fashion magazine with good long interviews"". January 1983. Retrieved 2007-12-07. Oh yes. We played three dates at the Odeon Hammersmith. You were probably doing something sophisticated at the time and weren't aware. (Zappa) 
  4. ^ Dan North, ed. (January 2008). Sights Unseen: Unfinished British Films. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 1-84718-426-X. 
  5. ^ Lynn, Frances (2007). "2000AD Writer: Frances Lynn". 
  6. ^ Lynn, Frances (w), Jennet, Stuart (a). "Blossom" 2000 AD 714 (19 January 1991), IPC Media
  7. ^ Lynn, Frances (w), Bradbury, Eric (a). "Robot" 2000 AD 718 (16 February 1991), IPC Media
  8. ^ Lynn, Frances (w), McCarthy, Jim (a). "The Birthday" 2000 AD 918 (16 December 1994), IPC Media
  9. ^ Lynn, Frances (2006). Crushed. Eiworth Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9553672-3-6. 
  10. ^ Lynn, Frances (2010). Frantic. Eiworth Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9553672-8-1. 
  11. ^ Lynn, Frances (2010). Willing To Die For It. Murray Print. ISBN 978-0-9539089-1-2. 

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