Shirley Conran was born September 21, 1932. She is the ex-wife of British designer, restaurateur, retailer and writer Sir Terence Conran. She is the mother of designers Sebastian Conran and Jasper Conran. She is a bestselling author in her own right whose books include Lace and Superwoman. She was educated at the University of Portsmouth.
Shirley Conran is well known for having said: "Life is too short to stuff a mushroom" and "First things first, second things never". She was successfully treated for skin cancer several years ago. She has homes in France and London. In addition to novel writing, she has been a columnist for Vanity Fair (magazine), women's editor of The Daily Mail newspaper and a feature writer for The Observer newspaper.