DIANE HAEGER (who also writes under the pen name Anne Girard) holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from UCLA. A chance meeting 25 years ago with famed author Irving Stone sharply focused her ambition to tell great stories from history, and to write them only after detailed research and extensive travel to the places her characters lived. That determination has provided a fascinating journey that has taken her from the halls of France’s romantic Chenonceaux castle to a private interview with one of Pablo Picasso’s last surviving friends at his atelier in Provence. Since the publication of her acclaimed first novel Courtesan in 1993, a novel that remains in print today, her work has been translated into 18 different languages, bringing her international success and award-winning status. Platinum Doll, a novel about Jean Harlow, is her 15th book. She lives in Southern California.