Heather Jenner

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Heather Jenner (real name Heather Lyon; born 1914, died 1991 [1]) was a matchmaker, who ran a marriage bureau, called "The Marriage Bureau", in Bond Street, Mayfair, London.

The daughter of Cyril Arthur Lyon, an Army general, she married firstly, in 1942, Michael George Cox, and in 1955, the writer Stephen Potter. Widowed in 1969, she later married Sir John Hastings James, deputy master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint.[2][3]

She established the agency in 1939, after her own divorce, and kept the business secret from her family and friends, using the name 'Heather Jenner', as such activity was considered scandalous at the time.[4][5]

Her autobiography, Marriage is My Business, was published in 1954.[6]

She appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 31 July 1967.[7]

Bibliography[edit]

  • —— (1953). Un mariage par jour. Pierre Horay.  (in French)
  • —— (1954). Marriage is My Business. Kimber. 
  • —— (1964). The marriage book. Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd. 
  • —— (1967). Royal Wives. Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd. ISBN 978-0715602881. 
  • ——; Segal, Muriel (1970). Men and Marriage. Michael Joseph. ISBN 978-0718103675. 
  • —— (1979). Marriages are Made in Heaven. David & Charles. ISBN 978-0715376621. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/heart-searching-in-the-end-chemistry-is-quite-baffling-the-agencies-to-begin-a-series-angela-wilkes-1508254.html
  2. ^ Contemporary Authors: A Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Televi, Volumes 45-48, F. R. Locher, Gale / Cengage Learning, 1974, pg 258
  3. ^ http://oxfordindex.oup.com/view/10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U156073
  4. ^ Pugh, Martin (1 August 2008). "Wish You Were Here?". History Today. 
  5. ^ Paterson, Peter (7 December 2005). "Romance? It's So Dated". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 July 2014 – via HighBeam. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ Jenner, Heather (1954). Marriage is My Business. Kimber. 
  7. ^ "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Heather Jenner". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 27 July 2014.