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Laura Huxley (née Archera) (November 2, 1911 – December 13, 2007) was an Italian-American musician, author, psychological counselor and lecturer, and the wife of author Aldous Huxley.

Laura Huxley
Born Laura Archera
(1911-11-02)November 2, 1911
Turin, Italy
Died December 13, 2007(2007-12-13) (aged 96)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, US
Occupation Musician, author, psychological counselor, lecturer
Nationality Italian-American
Period 1963–1987
Genre Self-help, biography
Spouse Aldous Huxley


Early lifeEdit

Laura Archera was born in Turin, Italy, on November 2, 1911. She began playing the violin at the age of ten, studying in Berlin, Paris and Rome, where she earned a Professor of Music degree. She also studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, played in a major symphony orchestra and played before the Queen of Italy at the age of 14,[1] and performed at Carnegie Hall in her teens.

Life and careerEdit

In 1949, she was working as a freelance documentary filmmaker. According to her obituary in the Los Angeles Times, Archera called philosopher and author Aldous Huxley at home, saying that John Huston had promised to finance her proposed documentary film on the Palio di Siena if she could get Huxley to agree to write a screenplay. Archera then became close friends with Huxley and his first wife Maria, who died in 1955. In 1956, Archera married Huxley. She wrote several self-help books concerning human relations, including You Are Not the Target (1963) with a foreword written by Aldous Huxley.

After his death in 1963, she wrote This Timeless Moment: a personal view of Aldous Huxley (1968), a book describing life with her husband.

In 1977 she founded Children: Our Ultimate Investment, also known as "Our Ultimate Investment" or just OUI, a non-profit organization dedicated to the nurturing of the possible human. The organization sponsored a four-day conference also entitled Children: Our Ultimate Investment.


She was a producer of documentary films, and an assistant film editor at RKO. Huxley appeared in Hofmann's Potion: The Early Years of LSD, a documentary from the National Film Board of Canada. Laura felt inspired to illuminate the story of their provocative marriage through Mary Ann Braubach's 2010 documentary, "Huxley on Huxley".[2]


Laura Huxley died of cancer, aged 96, at her Hollywood Hills home.

Awards and honoursEdit

Huxley received widespread recognition for her humanistic achievements, including:


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Valerie Corral (Spring 2008). "O Nobly Born". MAPS Bulletin. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, Inc. xviii (1): 42–48. 
  2. ^ "Huxley on Huxley". Dir. Mary Ann Braubach. Cinedigm, 2010. DVD. 
  3. ^ Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, Thomas R. Verny Award


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