My history hero: Leonora Carrington (1917–2011)
Comedian and novelist Jenny Eclair explains why she admires a free-spirited artist and author
Leonora Carrington (1917–2011) was a British-born artist and author who spent most of her adult life in Mexico. She was also one of the last surviving members of the 1930s Surrealist movement. Twice-married, Carrington was hospitalised during the Second World War after having a breakdown and was given shock treatment (ECT, or electroconvulsive therapy). She later went on to co-found the Women’s Liberation movement in Mexico, and to have two children. She died in Mexico City, aged 94.