|Isobel "Belle" Osbourne Strong Field|
|Died||1953 (aged 94 or 95)|
|Known for||Stepdaughter of Robert Louis Stevenson|
Belle was born in Indianapolis to Samuel and Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne and married the artist Joseph Strong (1853-1899) in 1879, giving birth soon after to a son Austin Strong (1881-1952). Austin went on to become a successful playwright.1 Joe Strong had a drinking problem and Belle divorced him in 1892.1
In 1914, she married her mother’s secretary (and possibly lover), the younger journalist Edward Salisbury Field, six months after her mother died.1 Field was only three years older than her son Austin. When oil was discovered on property owned by Field they became wealthy.2 In 1926 Field purchased Zaca Lake and surrounding land in the Figueroa Mountains near Los Olivos, California.3
Isobel built an artists studio there and the Field home became a popular meeting place for writers and actors.4 Isobel and her brother Lloyd wrote about Robert Louis Stevenson and their experiences in Samoa in Memories of Vailima (1902). Later Isobel wrote he her memoirs in two books This Life I’ve Loved (1937) and A Bit of My Life (1951).