Anna Leonowens (1831-1915)

Death: 19th January 1915
Location: Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Photo taken by:  Peter J. Restivo
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Indian-born English travel writer teacher and memoirist. She became well-known with the publication of her memoirs, beginning with The English Governess at the Siamese Court (1870), which detailed her experiences in Siam (Thailand), as teacher to the children of the Siamese King Mongkut. Leonowens has been accused of sensationalism and fabrication in her writing as she casts a critical eye over court life; the account is not always a flattering one, and has become the subject of controversy in Thailand; she has also been accused of exaggerating her influence with the king. 
Leonowens' own account has been fictionalised in Margaret Landon's 1944 best-selling novel Anna and the King of Siam, as well as films and television series based on the book, including Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1951 hit musical The King and I.