Janet Bronwen Alun Pugh, daughter of Sir John Alun Pugh, is generally known by her middle name (Bronwen). After the sudden death of a friend in 1951 she embarked on an inner journey of self discovery culminating in 1959 in a profound mystical experience .
On 14 October 1960 she married the 3rd Viscount Astor, son of Nancy Astor, the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons. Upon her marriage Bronwen became the mistress of Cliveden, the mansion which her mother-in-law had made famous with her political salons. Within three years of her marriage Bronwen's world was turned upside down by the infamous "Profumo scandal", which brought down Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's government. In 1966 Bronwen Astor's husband Viscount William Astor died prematurely, leaving her with two young daughters.
Thrown on to her inner resources, Bronwen opened her new home to the homeless and in 1983 trained as a psychotherapist. Her biography, Bronwen Astor: Her Life and Times, authored by Peter Stanford, was published in 2000.
Books: Life before Death ; Peter Stanford, Author of a New Biography of Bronwen Astor, the Fifties Model Turned Chatelaine of Cliveden during the Profumo Scandal, Assesses the Pros and Cons of Writing about a Subject Who's Still Around
Mar 05, 2000; At its most recent meeting, the Biographers' Club debated the perennial question of whether a decent book can be written while...
Scandal & Lady Astor ; She Was the Kate Moss of Her Day - until the Profumo Affair Broke and She Turned to the Life of the Spirit. Only Now, She Tells Peter Stanford, Is She Able to Talk about the Furore That Began around Her Cliveden Pool ++ THE IOS INTERVIEW ++ Bronwen Astor ++ FORMER MODEL AND PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Dec 17, 2006; She was the Kate Moss of her day, the top supermodel of the late 1950s. Then, in 1960, amid the sort of press hullabaloo that...