Clarissa Eden

British countess

Anne Clarissa Eden, Dowager Countess of Avon (née Spencer-Churchill; born 28 June 1920) is the widow of Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon (1897–1977), who was British Prime Minister from 1955 to 1957.

The Dowager Countess of Avon
Spouse of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
6 April 1955 – 10 January 1957
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byClementine Churchill
Succeeded byLady Dorothy Macmillan
Personal details
Clarissa Spencer-Churchill

(1920-06-28) 28 June 1920 (age 100)
Cromwell Road, Kensington, England
Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon
(m. 1952; died 1977)
RelationsLord Randolph Churchill (grandfather)
Lady Randolph Churchill (grandmother)
Sir Winston Churchill (uncle)
The Baroness Spencer-Churchill (aunt)
Diana Churchill, Randolph Churchill, The Baroness Audley, Marigold Churchill and The Baroness Soames (cousins)
John Spencer-Churchill (brother)
ParentsJohn Strange Spencer-Churchill (1880–1947)
Lady Gwendoline Bertie (1885–1941)

She married Eden in 1952, becoming Lady Eden in 1954 when he was made a Knight of the Garter, and then becoming Countess of Avon in 1961 on her husband's elevation to the peerage. She is also the niece of the prime minister Winston Churchill.[1]

Her memoir, sub-titled From Churchill to Eden, was published in 2007 under the name of Clarissa Eden.


  1. Braasch, John W. (November 2003). "Anthony Eden's (Lord Avon) Biliary Tract Saga". Ann. Surg. 238 (5): 772–775. doi:10.1097/01.sla.0000094443.60313.da. PMC 1356158. PMID 14578742.

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