Leonie Frieda is a former model and translator who is now the maÎtresse de salon of London's literary scene and author of Catherine de Medici: A Biography. She was born in Sweden, and educated in Britain, Germany and France before marrying Nigel Frieda, a music producer. Together, they built up and co-owned the Matrix recording studio used by the Rolling Stones and Oasis. After her divorce, Frieda began researching her book, which took her to Paris, Florence, Rome and the châteaux of the Loire. She lives in London with her daughter Elisabeth and son Jake, and is working on a biography of the Great War soldier and letter-writer Edward Horner.

Festivals: 2004 (Canada-Europa)

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