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Margaret Truman
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    (February 17, 1924-January 29, 2008)
    Born in Independence, Missouri
    Birth name was Mary Margaret Truman
    Daughter of President Harry S Truman
    Had a singing and acting career before taking up writing
    Wrote the biographies 'Harry S. Truman' (1973) and 'Bess W. Truman' (1986)
    Author of a series of murder mysteries set in Washington, DC ('Murder in the White House,' 'Murder on Capitol Hill,' 'Murder in the Smithsonian,' etc.)
    The National Potato Growers Association complained to the White House after she told a waiter to hold the potatoes because she was dieting.
    After critic Paul Hume said that she sang flat, Harry wrote, 'I have never met you, but if I do you'll need a new nose and plenty of beefsteak and perhaps a supporter below.'
    In a classic example of damning with faint praise, Bess Truman said, 'Of course we were very proud of her -- more because she had nerve enough to do it than of her performance.'
    She described herself and her husband as 'puritans among the fleshpots.'
    Her mysteries were (probably) ghostwritten.
    Hume noted she was 'extremely attractive on the stage.'
    She later commented, 'Because my father was the President, I had to be not better than average but better than the best.'
    The biographies she wrote about her parents were critically praised.
    She was married to New York Times editor Clifton Daniel for 44 years.
    The year her husband died, her son William was fatally struck by a taxi (2000).

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