Aldous Huxley’s widow dies at 96

first_imgBorn in Turin, Italy, in 1911, Huxley was a violin prodigy who performed at Carnegie Hall as a teenager in the 1940s. She later became a film editor, meeting Aldous Huxley and his wife, Maria, in 1948 while she was trying to interest him in writing a film she wanted to make. The movie never happened, but she became friends with the Huxleys. After Maria died in 1955, Huxley proposed and married Laura the next year. After his death, she devoted herself to preserving his writings and legacy. “It was tremendously important to her,” Pfeiffer said. She also wrote several books, including a 1963 best-selling self-help guide, “You Are Not the Target,” and a memoir of her life with Huxley called “This Timeless Moment.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Laura Archera Huxley, “Brave New World” author Aldous Huxley’s widow who worked for nearly half a century after his death to preserve his legacy and who also wrote her own books, has died. She was 96. She died of cancer Thursday night at her Hollywood Hills home, said Karen Pfeiffer, her legal ward, who helps direct Huxley’s nonprofit foundation, Children: Our Ultimate Investment. “She said she was ready (to go), and she was happy about the life she’d lived. She felt complete,” Pfeiffer said. During the seven years of her marriage and for the decades after her husband died of cancer in 1963, she explored the vistas of psychotherapy, New Age spirituality, consciousness-raising and natural health regimens. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champShe and her husband experimented with LSD, she wrote in her memoirs, and well into her 90s she was doing yoga and other exercises. “She never watched TV without being on the treadmill,” Pfeiffer said. Childless herself, Huxley created her foundation in the 1970s, dedicating it to “the nurturing of the possible human.” The foundation has conducted school seminars in the U.S. and Britain for at-risk teenagers on issues such as anger management and pregnancy prevention. “Our mission is that every child is loved, respected and prepared for before conception,” according to its mission statement. last_img read more