I was born in Cheshire but my parents moved to London when I was very young,
and my school years and first jobs were there. In the 1950s and 1960s, I
was an Air Hostess, which was considered a very glamorous job at the time
and was very much sought after. On one flight, I didn’t recognise a young
(unknown at that time) actor who was a passenger and he wrote a message to
me in a menu that read: “I love you, Miss Austin. Sean Connery.”
(Yes, I still have that menu!) After flying, I returned to secretarial work and
was offered a job in Libya. By taking that job, I changed my life completely
because I met and married my American husband, Harry, in Libya.
Two different nationalities getting married in a third country and satisfying the laws
of UK, USA and Libya is a story in itself -
After marrying, we moved around the world, and I have lived and worked in California,
Texas, and Calgary – as well as returning to Libya twice. I enjoyed living in these
places, but eventually I found that I was homesick for England and when my husband
retired, we came to live in West Sussex. I love England and everything about it
– the changes of season, the countryside, market towns and villages, ancient buildings
I have done voluntary work (mostly fund raising) for animal charities in USA and England, and been given awards by two of these organisations. After coming back to England to live, I started writing as a freelance and had articles published in many magazines including “Hello!”, “Sussex Life” and other county magazines. I have appeared on TV’s “Newsnight”, “I Was A Jet Set Stewardess”, “From Blackpool to Benidorm”, “Superscrimpers” and I was a champion on “Countdown”.
Nowadays, in addition to writing, I am frequently invited by clubs and societies to be a guest speaker at their meetings.
Angela with the famous
Countdown clock behind her
air hostess, 1957
Angela, air hostess,