Margaret Landon, 90, author of "Anna and the King of Siam...

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December 06, 1993

Margaret Landon, 90, author of "Anna and the King of Siam, the book that inspired the Broadway hit musical and movie, "The King and I," died Saturday at a retirement home in Alexandria, Va., after a stroke. Mrs. Landon and her husband, a Presbyterian missionary, served in Thailand -- then known as Siam -- in the 1920s and 1930s. While there as principal of a girls mission school, she heard and read about Anna Leonowens, a widow from Wales who became secretary to King Monghut of Siam and governess and teacher to his children in the mid-19th century, introducing such concepts as personal freedom. She wrote "Anna and the King of Siam" after returning to the United States in 1937.

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