Clarissa Eden

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The Dowager Countess of Avon
Clarissa Eden in 1960
Spouse of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
6 April 1955 – 10 January 1957
Preceded byClementine Churchill
Succeeded byLady Dorothy Macmillan
Personal details
Clarissa Spencer-Churchill

(1920-06-28)28 June 1920
Cromwell Road, Kensington, England
Died15 November 2021(2021-11-15) (aged 101)
Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon
(m. 1952; died 1977)
RelationsLord Randolph Churchill (grandfather)
Lady Randolph Churchill (grandmother)
Sir Winston Churchill (uncle)
The Baroness Spencer-Churchill (aunt)
Diana Churchill, Randolph Churchill, The Baroness Audley, Marigold Churchill and The Baroness Soames (cousins)
John Spencer-Churchill (brother)
ParentsJohn Strange Spencer-Churchill (1880–1947)
Lady Gwendoline Bertie (1885–1941)

Anne Clarissa Eden, Dowager Countess of Avon (née Spencer-Churchill; 28 June 1920 – 15 November 2021) was the widow of Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon (1897–1977), who was British Prime Minister from 1955 to 1957.

She married Eden in 1952, becoming Lady Eden in 1954 when he was made a Knight of the Garter, and then becoming Countess of Avon in 1961 on her husband's elevation to the peerage. She is also the niece of the prime minister Winston Churchill.[1]

Her memoir, sub-titled From Churchill to Eden, was published in 2007 under the name of Clarissa Eden.

Eden turned 100 in June 2020. She died on 15 November 2021, aged 101.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Braasch, John W. (November 2003). "Anthony Eden's (Lord Avon) Biliary Tract Saga". Ann. Surg. 238 (5): 772–775. doi:10.1097/01.sla.0000094443.60313.da. PMC 1356158. PMID 14578742.
  2. The Countess of Avon, intellectual and independent-minded widow of the prime minister Anthony Eden and niece of Winston Churchill – obituary (subscription required)

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