2001 – New York, New York
Best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford, beloved by millions of readers around the world, is published in 89 countries and 39 languages. She is the author of eighteen novels. She also has written ten non-fiction books, seven of which are on interior design. Barbara Taylor Bradford began writing as a child, sold her first short story at the age of ten, and went to work as a reporter on the Yorkshire Evening Post when she was sixteen. Graduating to London’s Fleet Street at the age of twenty, she was a journalist for a number of years but never lost sight of her desire to write fiction. It was her first novel A Woman Of Substance, now a classic, which launched her literary career. Long acclaimed as the foremost chronicler of women’s lives today, her books have sold over sixty-three million copies worldwide. Ten have been made into television mini-series or Movies of the Week by her husband, movie producer Robert Bradford, whom she married in 1963. In 1990, Mrs. Bradford was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Leeds, her hometown. The university houses her literary archive in its famed Brotherton Library. She also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Bradford in Yorkshire and Connecticut’s Teikyo Post University. Mrs. Bradford is a member of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress and is on the Council of the Authors Guild of America and the Authors Guild Foundation. She has received the Matrix Award in Books from the New York Women in Communications in 1985. She was inducted into the Matrix Hall of Fame in 1998, received the Special Jury Prize for Body of Literature from the Deauville Festival of American Film in 1994 and Birmingham-Southern College’s “Gala 12” Women of the Year Award in 1995. She also has received awards from a variety of not-for-profit organizations, including the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the City of Hope, the Police Athletic League and Girls Inc. of America, among many others.