Born on June 22, 1906 in Englewood, New Jersey, to financier, diplomat, and U.S. Senator Dwight W. Morrow, and poet and women’s education advocate Elizabeth Cutter Morrow, Anne experienced a privileged upbringing. Growing up in the Morrow household, Anne’s parents encouraged literary, educational, and public service-oriented pursuits – ends to which she actively devoted herself throughout her life. A shy and quiet young woman, Anne once wrote in her journal that she intended to marry a hero.
While visiting her parents in Mexico in the Winter of 1927, where her father was then the U.S. Ambassador, Anne met Charles A. Lindbergh. Although they shared few words their first meeting, their short time together left deep impressions on each of them. Shortly after Anne graduated from Smith College, on their third date, Charles proposed and Anne accepted. They were married on May 27, 1929. Much of their early marriage was spent in the air. Charles taught Anne how to fly and she accompanied him on global expeditions to chart potential commercial air and air mail routes. She became the first licensed woman glider pilot in the United States and has been recognized as an important contributor to the aeronautical and aerospace fields. She has also been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Of all her achievements, however, Anne is best known for her books. All totaled, she has authored 13 works – most notably, “Gift from the Sea” – which include novels, reflections on her travels with her husband, and her personal diaries. Together, the Lindberghs had 6 children. Anne retired to Connecticut after her husband’s death in Hawaii in October of 1974. At 93, she lives there still.