Lady Colin Campbell
|Lady Colin Campbell|
|Born||George William Ziadye
17 August 1949
St Andrew, Jamaica
|Residence||Kennington, London, England|
|Other names||Georgia Arianna Campbell|
|Occupation||Author, socialite, radio hostess|
|Spouse(s)||Lord Colin Campbell (m. 1974; div. 1975)|
Georgia Arianna, Lady Colin Campbell (née Ziadie; born 17 August 1949) is a Jamaican-born writer, socialite, and television and radio personality.
Campbell was born in Jamaica, one of four children of Michael and Gloria Ziadie. Due to a genital malformation (a fused labia and deformed clitoris) she was assumed at birth to be male, and christened George William. Though her family life was otherwise happy, Campbell has spoken and written of the struggles she faced being raised as a boy when she was physically female . Her family, the Ziadies, were prominent in Jamaica, and were the descendants of six Maronite Catholic brothers who emigrated from Lebanon in the early 20th century. Her mother was of English, Irish, Portuguese and Spanish descent, and her maternal great-grandmother had been a Sephardic Jew.
Campbell moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was not able to have corrective surgery until she was 21, when her grandmother discovered what had occurred and gave her the $5,000 she needed. Campbell legally changed her name to Georgia Arianna and received a new birth certificate. "No one ever faced the knife more eagerly than I. You would have thought I was going on a wonderful cruise – which, in a way, I suppose I was," Campbell wrote in her autobiography. She had already started working as a model in New York City prior to her surgery and was considered a great beauty.
On 23 March 1974, after having known him for only five days, she married Lord Colin Ivar Campbell, the younger son of the eleventh Duke of Argyll. She has said of him, "He had the strongest personality of anyone I had ever met – he simply exuded strength, decisiveness and charm." However their relationship quickly soured, and she left him after nine months, citing his abusiveness and drug addiction. The couple divorced after 14 months. She successfully sued several publications that claimed she was born a boy and had subsequently undergone a sex change, and accused her ex-husband of selling the untrue story for money.
Campbell is most known for her books on Diana, Princess of Wales and Queen Elizabeth. Her 1992 book, Diana in Private: The Princess Nobody Knows, detailed information about Diana's struggle with bulimia and affair with James Hewitt. Campbell was dismissed as a fantasist, but some of her claims were later vindicated. Diana in Private appeared on the New York Times' Best Seller list in 1992.
Campbell's 2009 book, Daughter of Narcissus: A Family's Struggle to Survive Their Mother's Narcissistic Personality Disorder, was well received.
Some of her books have received criticism for unverified claims, including writing in The Queen Mother, The Untold story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, that Elizabeth was born to the family's French cook used as a surrogate.
- The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. 2012.
- Daughter of Narcissus: A Family's Struggle to Survive Their Mother's Narcissistic Personality Disorder. 2009. (Autobiography, profile of her mother)
- The Real Diana. 2005. (A republication of her 1992 book, with sources)
- Empress Bianca. 2005. (Withdrawn after legal threats from Lily Safra and subsequently reissued)
- A Life Worth Living. 1997. (autobiography)
- The Royal Marriages: What Really Goes on in the Private World of the Queen and Her Family. 1993.
- Diana in Private: The Princess Nobody Knows. 1992.
- Lady Colin Campbell’s Guide to Being a Modern Lady. 1986.
- "They said she was a boy". The Daily Telegraph. 2 August 1997. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
- "A very unladylike lady!"; by Jenny Johnson. Daily Mail; 10 January 2008
- LADY COLIN CAMPBELL
- "Interview with Lady Colin Campbell, Author of Daughter of Narcissus". The Writer's Life. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
- "Fury over book's claim that Queen Mother and her brother were born to family's French cook". The Daily Mail. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
- Llewellyn Smith, Julia (2 November 2013). "Lady Colin Campbell: 'My father said I should take rat poison’". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
- "Castle Goring in Worthing's new owner revealed as I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! star". The Argus. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
- "BEST SELLERS: June 21, 1992". The New York Times. 21 June 1992. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
- Catherine Ostler (2012-04-21). "Queen Mother book: Defiance of Lady Poison Pen: Vilified for her new book's lurid claims, an utterly unrepentant Lady Colin Campbell dismisses her critics as royal 'suck-up merchants' | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-30.