She went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she spent five terms, without any real intention to become an actress.
British social figure. 1909-63. The wartime prime minister's eldest daughter, she was among the first British women to volunteer for service in WWII. After being an officer in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) she was a Red Cross nurse.
On 12 December 1932, she married John Milner Bailey (15 June 1900 East Grimstead – 13 February 1946 Cape Town, South Africa) (became the Bailey baronet Sir John Milner Bailey, 2nd Bt), but the marriage was unsuccessful and they divorced in 1935. On 16 September 1935, she married the Conservative politician, Duncan Sandys (later in life The Lord Duncan-Sandys). After having three children, that marriage also ended and they were divorced in 1960.