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Claire Rayner

Claire Rayner

(1931 – 2010)

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Claire Rayner

Claire Rayner
(1931 – 2010)

In memory of

Claire Rayner

(1931 – 2010)
About Claire
This is an online tribute in memory of Claire Rayner. Claire Berenice Rayner OBE was a British nurse, journalist, broadcaster and novelist, best known for her role for many years as an agony aunt.
Claire Rayner was born to Jewish parents in London, the eldest of four children in a poor family. Her father was a tailor and her mother a housewife. Her father adopted the surname Chetwynd, under which name she was educated at the City of London School for Girls. Her autobiography How Did I Get Here from There? was published in 2003, and revealed details of a childhood marred by physical and mental cruelty at the hands of her parents. After the family emigrated to Canada, in 1945 she was placed in a psychiatric hospital
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by her parents, and treated for 15 months for a thyroid defect.
Returning to the UK in 1951, Claire Rayner training as a nurse at the Royal Northern and Guy's Hospitals in London. Intending to become a doctor, she met actor Desmond Rayner who she married, after which in 1957 she specialised as a midwife.
By the 1970s, writing for Woman's Own Claire Rayner had established herself as one of four new and direct Agony Aunts, alongside Marjorie Proops, Peggy Makins (aka Evelyn Home) at Woman and J Firbank of Forum. Her advice in teenage girls' magazine Petticoat caused controversy, and in 1972 she was accused of "encouraging masturbation and promiscuity in prepubescent girls." Her direct and frank approach
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led the BBC to ask her to be the first person on British pre-watershed television to demonstrate how to put on a condom, and she was one of the first people used by advertisers to promote sanitary towels.
The year after beginning to appear on Pebble Mill at One, Claire Rayner started an agony column in The Sun in 1973, but left to join the Sunday Mirror in 1980, when she also made her second television series of Claire Rayner's Casebook. She left the Sunday Mirror shortly after the appointment of Eve Pollard as editor, and joined the Today newspaper for three years. Claire Rayner was named medical journalist of the year in 1987.
Claire Rayner was a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction.
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is a memorial created to remember the amazing life of Claire Rayner. She will be sadly missed by many. May she rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 22nd Oct 2010
linda mccafferty
wrote:
A very remarkable lady was our Claire .
Remembrance Messages
On 12th Oct 2010
moya stevenson
wrote:
Claire will be greatly missed by all who met her I am so pleased to have spent the day with her in westminster as she laid a wreath in memory of the victims of MRSA she was my insperation to carry on for change within the NHS and im pleased to say we did succeed thank you Claire R.I.P xx
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Claire Rayner

This is an online tribute in memory of Claire Rayner. Claire Berenice Rayner OBE was a British nurse, journalist, broadcaster and novelist, best known for her role for many years as an agony aunt.
Claire Rayner was born to Jewish parents in London, the eldest of four children in a poor family. Her father was a tailor and her mother a housewife. Her father adopted the surname Chetwynd, under which name she was educated at the City of London School for Girls. Her autobiography How Did I Get Here from There? was published in 2003, and revealed details of a childhood marred by physical and mental cruelty at the hands of her parents. After the family emigrated to Canada, in 1945 she was placed in a psychiatric hospital...

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