was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 8, 1900. She
entered Smith College in 1918, but left a year later to take care
of her father and brother after her mother passed away.
In 1922 she marred Berrien Upshaw, but the marriage lasted only a
few years. In that same year, she became a reporter for
The Atlanta Journal. There she met John Marsh, whom she
married in 1924.
An injury to her foot in 1926 required her to leave her job at the
newspaper. While she was convalescing, she began working
on GONE WITH THE WIND, typing on a portable typewriter balanc