Born Ariana Stassinopoulous in Athens, Greece on July 15, 1950, she was the daughter of journalist Konstantinos Stassinopoulous, and began distinguishing herself in academics while still in her teens. A MA graduate in economics from Cambridge University, she was the first foreign-born student and third female to preside over the Cambridge Union Society, the school's esteemed debate society. That status made her a popular guest on radio and television game shows and programs devoted to political discussion, like Radio 4's "Any Questions?" and "Face the Music" (BBC, 1966-1979; 1983-84; 2007). She also penned her first book in 1974, The Female Woman, which concerned the chan...
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