Diana Gaines, who wrote six popular novels in the mid-20th century, beginning with "Tasker Martin," the story of a rags-to-riches industrialist unhappy with the life he created, has died. She was 89.
Gaines died Feb. 8 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. She had lived in the wealthy retirement community with her husband, Dr. Henry L. Jaffe, since 1964, said their son, Stephen Jaffe.
Howard Hughes bought the movie rights for Gaines' original "Tasker Martin" novel, which was described in a 1950 Times review as racy and "an absorbing story of modern times, written in a refreshingly original style."
Gaines' other books, many of them translated into various languages for European publication, were "Dr. Logan's Wife" in 1951, "Marry in Anger" in 1958, "Dangerous Climate" in 1960, "The Knife and the Needle" in 1962, and "Nantucket Woman" a few years later.