Fuller, Jean (Violet) Overton (1915– )
Actress, writer, and member of a group that included poet
Dylan Thomas and novelist Pamela Hansford Johnson. Fuller
was born March 7, 1915, at Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England.
She studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
(1930–31), was a student of painting at Academie Julien, Paris,
and finished college at the University of London (B.A. honors
English, 1945). She later studied astronomy (because of an interest
in astrology) at Goldsmith’s College (1962–64).
Her varied career included a period as an actress, government
service with the British Ministry of Information, and lecturing
at the Speech Fellowship, London. She was a member
of the British Astronomical Association, the Society of Authors,
PEN, Poetry Society, Manifold Group of Poets, and the Dulwich
Group of Poets. She also was a member of the Society for Physical
Research, and Buddhist Society, and served as vicepresident
of the Astrological Lodge of the Theosophical Society.
Besides her involvement with Theosophy, teaching about
God and the world based on mystical insights, in the circle of
Dylan Thomas during the 1930s she became a close friend of
occultist and poet Victor Neuburg and wrote a sympathetic biography
of him, The Magical Dilemma of Victor Neuburg (1965).
This volume contains one of the most complete accounts of the
magic work of Neuberg and Aleister Crowley, including the
story of Crowley’s rediscovery of ‘‘sex magick’’ in 1912 in the
Cairo workings. (Fuller was not related to J. F. C. Fuller, who
also knew Neuburg and Aleister Crowley.) Fuller also wrote biographies
of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Noor Inayat
Fuller, Jean Overton. Blavatsky and Her Teachers An Investigative
Biography. London East-West Publications, 1988.
———. Madeleine The Story of Noor Inayat Kahn. London
Gollancz, 1952. Reprinted as Noor-un-nisa Inayat Kahn (Madeleine).
Rotterdam East-West Publications, 1971.
———. The Magical Dilemma of Victor Neuburg. London W.
H. Allen, 1965.