24. Mildred Aldrich (1853-1928)
Mildred Aldrich was a renowned writer, editor, and journalist from Providence, Rhode Island. In 1898 she moved to France, where she worked as a foreign correspondent for the US and a translator.
She lived in a house overlooking the Marne river valley, which became the inspiration for her most famous writings. Her four-book series; A Hilltop on the Marne, released in 1915, comprises some of her wartime letters to her friends in America.
It is believed by the French that her books inspired America to enter World War I. In 1922 France awarded her with the Legion d’honneur