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Anna Leonowens (1834–1915)

Anna Edwards was born in India in 1834, the daughter of a cabinetmaker who died three months before her birth. Her mother then remarried to officer in the Engineers who sent Anna and her sister, Eliza, to a school in England. The girls returned to India as teenagers and Anna escaped her stepfather's plans to marry her to a man twice her age by ... See full bio »

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 1999 Anna and the King (diaries)

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(book): "The English Governess At The Siamese Court". (1860)

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1 Biographical Movie | 3 Portrayals | See more »

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Combined her husband's middle and last names to give her the name 'Leonowens.' Why she did this is a little unclear, but many people believe she was trying to reinvent herself and not be connected with her Indian origins, as she had hid her partial Indian heritage all her life. See more »

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