Name: Liz Calder
Birthdate/Place: January 20, 1938, London
Publisher Associated With: Bloomsbury
Claim to Fame: While she began her literary career at Cape, Liz Calder felt bigger things calling by the mid-1980s. She cofounded Bloomsbury, which remains one of the most successful independent publishing houses. And this remarkable woman seems to have quite the Midas touch when it comes to literature: she picked up the Harry Potter series, as well as edited Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children (1981), Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac (1984), Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient (1992) and Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin (2000).
Is there ANYTHING this woman can’t do?: As a newlywed in the late 1960s, Liz Calder was living in Brazil. She picked up a bit of conversational Portuguese, and struck up conversations about the town with artists, journalists, and photographers. As a result, she was discovered as a catwalk model, and walked the runway for designers such as Biba and Paco Rabane.