Adrian Havill

British biographer

1940   -  

occupation: biographer

Adrian Havill is a writer born in Bournemouth, England, in 1940 to Leslie and Molly Havill, their only child. Today, he enjoys retirement on Lake Thoreau in Reston, Virginia, while penning a daily blog on the entertainment industry, called Turtle Pond Cinema ( ) After World War 2, his mother remarried and brought him to their new home in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Later, married again (and again,) she brought her eventually-five total children (each from a different husband) to live with another spouse in the United States. (Part of Havill's favorite part of his youth was spent in "Jeff's Home for Boys," an institution that provided homes for a lucky group of boys from unstable circumstances.) When he aged out, in 1958, he prepared for his future by enlisting in the 82nd Airborne (US Army.) Once at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, he became editor of the division's newspaper, "The Paraglide." He also worked as a free-lance sports writer for The Fayetteville Observer. His term of service was extended by the Berlin Crisis. Once his military obligation was met, he became a US citizen and then went to work in 1962 for US News and World Report. Starting as a copy boy, when the opportunity arose, he moved over to writing advertising promotional material for the magazine, based in the nation's capital. In 1964, he married Georgiana Atkins, at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., whom he had met in North Carolina. They have a son and a daughter, also born in the nation's capital. During those years, he worked for several area advertising and public relations agencies, before he and his wife formed their own award-winning agency on Connecticut Avenue in Washington. Later, they sold off most of their business including a separate typography company. In 1984, he began writing biographies of subjects as diverse as OJ Simpson and Jack Kent Cooke.
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