3 May 1896
Dorothy Gladys Smith (later known as DS) was born at Whitefield
; she remained an only child.
14 September 1938
DS's family drama Dear Octopus
opened at the Queen's Theatre
in London, where it played for almost a year.
20 October 1948
DS published her first novel, the romantic story I Capture the Castle
, with Little, Brown
21 December 1954
At midnight DS suddenly experienced, she said, "the whole plot of The Hundred and One Dalmatians
unfold[ing] itself in my imagination."
Christmas Day 1961 Disney
released 101 Dalmatians
, an animated film version of DS's children's classic.
DS issued the first of her five volumes of autobiography (one remained unpublished), Look Back with Love, A Manchester Childhood
DS published her last work, the fourth volume of her autobiography, entitled Look Back with Gratitude
, with Muller, Blond & White; a fifth volume remains unpublished.