Valerie Mars was bornon 1948 in New York, New York, United States. Valerie Mars and her three sisters each inherited an estimated 8% stake in candymaker Mars Inc. when their father, Forrest Mars Jr., died in 2016.
Her great-grandfather Frank Mars founded the company in 1911.
The $35 billion (sales) company completed its acquisition of animal hospital chain VCA in September 2017.
Best known for candy such as Milky Way, Dove and Skittles, Mars also makes Uncle Ben's rice and pet food, including Pedigree and Whiskas.
Valerie Martin (born 1948, Missouri) is an American novelist and short story writer.Her novel Property (2003) won the prestigious Orange Prize. In 2012, The Observer named Property as one of "The 10 best historical novels".Although Martin was born in Missouri, she was raised and educated in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.She has also taught at Mount Holyoke College, Loyola University New Orleans, The University of New Orleans, The University of Alabama, and Sarah Lawrence College, among other institutions.Her other fictional works include Set in Motion (1978), Alexandra (1979), A Recent Martyr (1987), The Consolation of Nature and Other Stories (1988), The Great Divorce (1993), Italian Fever (1999), The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories (2006), Trespass (2007), and The Confessions of Edward Day (2009), as well as Salvation: Scenes from the Life of St. Francis (2001), a biography of St. Francis of Assisi. Her most recent novel, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, was published in 2014, and Sea Lovers: Selected Stories appeared in 2016.Her 1990 novel, Mary Reilly, a retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the point of view of a servant in the doctor's house, was released in 1996 as the Columbia TriStar Pictures film, Mary Reilly. It is directed by Stephen Frears and stars John Malkovich as Dr. Jekyll and Julia Roberts as Mary.The short subject film Surface Calm (2001) is based on her short story of the same title from her first book, Love (1977).With her niece, Lisa Martin, she wrote the children's book, Anton and Cecil. She has one child, Adrienne, born in 1975.
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