- Category : 1916-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (5)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Service 2
English memoirist, novelist and socialite.
The daughter of an army officer, she spent some of her early years in India. Her really good looks allowed her to work as a model for several years. Later years found her in Yugoslavia, Egypt, the USA, Cuba and back in England. She lived for many years in France before returning to England.
Her works include a volume of short stories, Born Losers (1966), two volumes of memoirs, Tears Before Bedtime (1987) and Weep No More (1989), as well as two novels, a Young Girl's Touch (1956) and A Love Match (1969).
She wed prominent critic Cyril Connolly in 1950, a marriage which ended in 1956. She married George Weidenfeld, a publisher, the same year; that marriage ended in 1961. Her final marriage in 1966 to Derek Jackson, a physicist, was brief. She also had many affairs with, among others, King Farouk of Egypt, Peter Quennell, Feliks Topolski, Charles Addams, Bernard Frank, John Sutro, and Alan Ross.
Novelist Anthony Powell used her as the basis for Pamela Flitton, a character in his novel sequence A Dance to the Music of Time. Powell also wrote a critical essay on Skelton, included in the collection Miscellaneous Verdicts.
She died on 27 January 1996 in Worcestershire from brain cancer, aged 79.