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Born in South Kensington, London, England, UK
Died in Sawrey, Cumbria, England, UK  (pneumonia and heart disease)
Birth NameHelen Beatrix Potter

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Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, mycologist and conservationist. She is famous for writing children's books with animal characters such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Potter was born in Kensington, London. Her family was quite rich. She was educated by governesses. She did not have many friends, but she had many pets, including Benjamin and Peter, two rabbits. She spent her holidays in Scotland and the Lake District. There, she began to learn to love nature, plants, and animals, which she carefully painted.

When she was around 30, Potter published The Tale of Peter Rabbit. It was very popular. She also became engaged to her publisher Norman Warne. Her parents became angry and separated with her because of this. They did not want her to marry someone who was socially lower than her. However, Warne died before he and Potter could marry.

Potter began writing and illustrating children's books full time. She did not have to ask her parents for money anymore because she had money from her books. In time, she bought Hill Top Farm and more land. In her forties, she married William Heelis, a local solicitor. She also began raising sheep and became a farmer, though she continued writing. She published 23 books.

Potter did not have any children. She died of heart disease and pneumonia in Near Sawrey, Lancashire on 22 December 1943. Almost all of her money was left to the National Trust. Her books continue to sell well around the world, in many different languages. Her widower died in August 1945.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

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William Heelis (13 October 1913 - 22 December 1943) (her death)

Trivia (7)

Wrote her first book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," as a letter to a friend's children. She was encouraged by Hardwicke Rawnsley, vicar of Wray Church, to turn it into a book, and she successfully self-published it in 1902. It is believed to be the first picture story book for children.
In her later years, was also a real estate investor and a breeder of prize-winning Herdwick sheep.
When she died at age 77, she left 14 farms and 4,000 acres of land to the National Trust.
Was the first woman to be elected president-designate of the Herdwick Sheepbreeders' Association.
"The Tale of Peter Rabbit" sold more than 50,000 copies by 1903; she used her earnings to purchase a field in Near Sawrey, Cumbria, England.
"The Tailor of Gloucester," published in 1903, was her favorite. This was based on a true story that her cousin, Caroline Hutton, told her.

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