Anna Harriette Leonowens, born Anna Harriet Emma Edwards, was an Anglo-Indian or Indian-born British travel writer, educator, and social activist. Her experiences in Siam (Thailand) were fictionalised in Margaret Landon's 1944 best-selling novel Anna and the King of Siam, as well as films and television series based on the book, most notably Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1951 hit musical The King and I. Among other achievements, she co-founded the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Anna Leonowens who invented a life for herself to escape her past and who wrote the "King and I", which became a popular musical. She later settled in Nova Scotia where she helped to create the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design as a vocational college.
The King and I (1956) - Mrs. Anna Leonowens and her son Louis arrive in Bangkok, where she has been contracted to teach English to the children of the royal household. She threatens to leave when the house she had been promised is not available, but falls in love with the children.