The Papers of Cynthia, Lady Gladwyn
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- 1912 - 1991
Biographical / Historical
In 1932 Cynthia accompanied her husband to Rome, where he had been posted as a secretary in the British embassy. In 1935 they returned to London, where over the next fifteen years Jebb's diplomatic career kept him in the Foreign Office, before a key posting to New York as the British representative on the Security Council of the United Nations. Cynthia's talents as a hostess were invaluable, both in New York, and even more so in Jebb's next (and final) posting as British Ambassador to France (1954-60), where she ran the Embassy, managing the arrangements for several highly successful royal and prime ministerial visits to Paris at a key time in British relations with France.
Jebb retired from the diplomatic service in 1960, becoming 1st Lord Gladwyn, and as Lady Gladwyn, Cynthia continued to pursue an active social life, particularly in the world of music, also publishing a book on the Paris Embassy in 1976. She had kept a diary throughout much of the post-war era, giving her frank and vivid opinions of many of the social and political figures of the day, and these diaries, edited by her son, were published in 1996. Cynthia Gladwyn died on 21 September 1990.
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